Delicious Nonchalance at Chef Scott Conant’s Corsair
By Robin Jay
Award-winning celebrity chef Scott Conant is making headlines again. This time with an extra special twist at his latest culinary venture, Corsair, in Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Miami. Conant describes his newest restaurant as having ‘sprezzatura,’ an Italian expression meaning understated sophistication – makes perfect sense given his Italian heritage, previous Italian restaurants and Italian cookbooks. But the surprise here is that the menu at Corsair isn’t Italian, it’s what he passionately refers to as “Farmhouse Mediterranean.”
“My wife, Meltem, is from Bodrum, Turkey – the influence for the Corsair menu,” he said with a schoolboy grin. “The overall atmosphere is rustic yet sleek – largely inspired by the simple, beautiful farmhouses of the Mediterranean and America, and the elegance of the resort.”
The auburn-bearded chef steps away for a moment to taste a broth bubbling on the stove for a dish he’s preparing with mussels. “Forgetaboutit!” he says, indicating the taste is spot-on.
“Corsair offers a seasonal menu rooted in the farmhouse cooking of America and the Mediterranean. Dishes will change seasonally to reflect the harvest of local farmers and purveyors while putting the quality and simplicity of their ingredients center stage. Overall, the experience at Corsair reflects the age of discovery and Florida’s rich history of exploration.”
Signature dishes include porcini braised veal, grilled octopus, balsamic lacquered duck, roasted clams with chorizo, hen egg with dill yogurt and short rib of beef “Lasagna” with shaved black truffle.
“I can’t think of a more perfect partner or setting for Corsair than Turnberry Isle Miami,” Conant added. “We’ve collaborated with Meyer Davis Studio, whose design accentuates the restaurant’s open, inviting space, al fresco dining and stunning views of the golf course.”
To reserve a table at Corsair, please call 786-279-6800.