Tucked inside the Icon Brickell is culinary gem Cantina La Veinte. Approaching its three-year anniversary, the two-story restaurant with views of Biscayne Bay and Brickell Key has continuously taken diners and imbibers on a gastronomic journey through rarely-explored areas of Mexico. Cantina La Veinte offers a satisfying menu with several Central-American flavors, as well as handcrafted specialty cocktails and one of the country’s largest selections of high-end tequilas and mezcals, the eatery is a celebrated hotspot for an authentic Mexican cantina experience – in which the bar plays a pivotal role, the food expresses the culture and the ambiance excites. Staying true to this, Cantina La Veinte has introduced a new menu offering a multitude of temptations and a series of weekly promotions.
As executive chef of both Cantina La Veinte and the recently opened Tacology, Chef Santiago Gomez seamlessly combines Mexican favorites with Miami flair. New appetizer offerings include Carpaccio de Pulpo ($19) – octopus, celery, cucumber, red onion and cilantro oil – and the Aguachile de King Crab de Alaska ($28) – Alaskan King Crab, fresh lime juice, cilantro, serrano chile, cucumber, avocado and white truffle oil. For small bites packed with big flavor, new small plates to share include Tacos Dorados de Cangrejo($26) – crispy masa filled with crab meat and topped with cilantro sauce; Calamares Fritos ($19) – fried calamari with carrots in escabeche and escabeche aioli – and Sopes de Wagyu ($26) – Clear Creek Wagyu served on handmade corn masa, topped with bone marrow, queso fresco and lettuce. The not-to-be-missed Make Your Own Taco section offers up an exciting addition, Chuleton Al Pastor – pork chop in adobo sauce with pineapple, cilantro and onions. Featuring summer-flavors, two new entrees provide a light take on the main course: Arroz Verde de Cilantro ($21) – white rice cooked in cilantro broth, served with grilled seasonal vegetables and chile guero aioli; Huachinango y Camarones en Salsa Poblana ($29) – pan-seared red snapper served with prawns, seasonal mushrooms, white asparagus and poblano sauce.
Adding to the restaurant’s polished, Mexican Art Deco ambiance are spirited mariachis. Every Wednesday through Saturday, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday afternoon, 3PM to 5 PM, traditional Mexican sounds begin and a rumba erupts. On Tuesdays, guests are invited to partake in “Taco Tuesday” with a specially-priced ($18, for three) taco menu including delectable favorites – Tacos de Ribeye Con Queso, Tacos de Langosta and Tacos de Cochinita.
Providing relief from a busy week is Cantina’s Wednesday Ladies Night. From 5pm to 10pm, a local DJ plays beats as ladies mix, mingle and savor complimentary craft margaritas. Essential to Cantina’s gastronomic experience is the restaurant’s bar and cocktail program which features an expansive selection of margaritas both classic and innovative as well as handcrafted cocktails. Made with fresh, natural ingredients and vibrant bold flavors, guest favorites include the Mariachi Loco ($16) – Avíon Silver Tequila, 1800 Coconut Tequila, cucumber, pineapple and agave; Mezcalarita ($16) – Montelobos Mezcal, passion fruit puree, agave nectar and egg white; and the Key Lime Martini ($17) – Ketel One Vodka, Liquor 43, lime juice, agave, nectar and cream. Unique libations include two luxurious margaritas made with premium, top-shelf tequilas: Millionaire ($75) – Don Julio 1942, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice and agave and the Billionaire ($150) – Don Julio Real, Grand Marnier 1880, fresh lime juice and agave.
Offering unparalleled sophistication in both design and cuisine, Cantina is the ideal location for any occasion, business lunches included. A three-course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu ($30), available Monday through Friday from noon – 4 PM, provides an unbeatable, wallet-friendly fine-dining experience for busy Brickellites on the go.