Atlantikós

By: Rebecca Charur

Picture this. You're dining at an ornate dinner table by a crystal blue infinity pool. On the horizon, the Greek sun is setting on the white Cycadelic houses of Santorini, and the island begins to glow with the fiery orange reflection of the icy buildings.

For some of us, this setting is no more than a picture, or a day dream that passes the time of the Palmetto's bumper to bumper traffic. Thankfully, the St. Regis Bal Harbour has drawn inspiration from Santorini's coast to the Greek mainland to bring Miami a little piece of this paradise.

This is clear from the moment you step foot in Atlantikós. The hotel's authentic Greek restaurant is reminiscent of the isles with a cave-like entrance, contrasting bright blue and white decor, and white slab walls.

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As if the design itself isn't enough to woo you, Atlantikós exudes a truly authentic dining experience. Chef Tasos curated a menu with the highest quality products from the Greek Coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and a daily selection of fresh fish sourced from Miami’s local fishermen and directly from the Greek fish market in Piraeus. Now, if only the pictures of some of my favorite dishes could do the flavors justice:

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 LANGOUSTINES FRICASSEE

LANGOUSTINES FRICASSEE

 BRANZINO TARTAR

BRANZINO TARTAR

 GRILLED OCTOPUS

GRILLED OCTOPUS

 LAMB MANTI

LAMB MANTI

 RED SEABREAM IN PARCHMENT

RED SEABREAM IN PARCHMENT

 ORANGE PIE

ORANGE PIE

So, go ahead and channel your inner Alexis Bledel and take the trip to Santorini (or Bal Harbour). You'll probably need a pair of magically fitting pants by the end of your meal.