So we have always liked the Blue Monster at Doral, it hasn’t always liked us to say the least, but at least now we have a new way to fall in love with the Trump Resort at Doral, its called BLT Prime. Yea, this place is no longer a standard golf resort restaurant; this is all steak house to the fullest.
BLT Prime takes its success from BLT Prime in New York and BLT Steak and brings it to Doral and when we say you are in for a gem, wait until you taste some of their amazing menu selections and some of the menu items including desert that we can guarantee that you will not find anywhere else in South Beach or Downtown Miami. What is nice about BLT Prime is they are open for both lunch and dinner and their lunch menu features some of their dinner favorites, so when you crave steak at 2pm, you don’t have to wait for those steakhouse hours to have the best they offer.
The vision behind this restaurant starts with Chef de cuisine Dustin Ward, who is about as calm and the creative in the kitchen as anyone we have seen recently. Then there is head chef Paul Niedermann, who won season nine of the Gordon Ramsay Screamfest, Hells’ Kitchen. If this was part of a starting five, then these are your all-stars for sure. When Ward described the interview process for the BLT job he endured by Eric Trump, you knew he was going to give it his all when it comes to great food and great proportions. He is passionate about food and his creative juices just flow from the food in each bite.
The table starts off with the warm BLT Popovers, which are highly addictive and bustling with flavor if you have never had one before, you will ask for more.
The appetizer portion of the menu is certainly going to surprise you. The two clear cut favorites were the Grilled Bacon and the Tuna Tartare. The Bacon is certainly the most unique in that it is thick double cut and topped with a Sherry Vinaigrette that will make you crave another order. The Tartare is more of an art piece than an appetizer. We didn’t know whether to just dive right in, or take a picture, so we did both. The tuna is cubed into small pieces that soak up the delicious flavor of the glaze (Soy sauce/balsamic along with avocado, crunchy and delightful with every bite.
For lunch, their menu contains a few extra things. Such as the Sandwich options which are nothing short of amazing. Their Pressed Cuban Sandwich is as authentic as Miami offers. We have experienced many of these in South Florida, but this one with the pressed pork belly and speck with gruyere cheese, pickles and tarragon make it a balance of flavor that is not too overpowering and greasy like some Cuban sandwiches are known. Their Black Angus Short Rib Burgers are not to be missed either. Nothing like a juicy flavor packed burger with aged cheddar on grilled brioche bun. This burger is enough to share and great portion for $18.
The dinner menu, as you can imagine is steak center. You know you have come to the right place, when the back of the menu gives you a guide to all different cuts of beef and what percentage of the beef is cut for perfection. All of their steak features USDA Prime Certified Angus beef in all cuts and sizes starting with a modest 10-oz. hangar steak ($29) to a massive 20-oz., 28 day-aged Kansas City bone-in strip ($57), and a Porterhouse (for two) at $48 per person. We opted for the bone-in strip and this is one heck of cut of beef and when it is prepared with the peppercorn sauce, you will have one of their best menu items right on your plate. If you are looking for a little more of a treat when it comes to steak, then try the American Kobe Steaks, which are fed a natural diet of barley, golden wheat straw, alfalfa hay and Idaho Potatoes. Three different cuts are available from everything from Rib Eye at 12 oz for $92 or 10oz Top Cap for $81 or Kobe Skirt at $48.
If you are a fan of seafood, this is your place. How many golf courses have more than one or two fresh seafood options? The Lobster Roll from the sandwiches on the lunch menu is a lighter option than ordering their full 2 pound option and more than filling with each bite. Packed with Maine Lobster, carrot and cucumber dressed with an americaine aioli served on a toasted brioche bun, it may be as close to ordering the entire lobster without all the work of carving it out of the shell.
The Dover Sole and the Jumbo Shrimp U-10 are also recommended. When you are looking for Jumbo Shrimp, you have come to the right place. We just assumed they swam right over to the restaurant and asked to be served up. Freshness oozes with each bite.
For those who want a little chicken or pork in your life, they have those too. Even some Braised Short Ribs make the menu. The Short Ribs may be the best non-steak u are option on the menu as you are still served black angus that falls apart at the touch of the fork.
If you are looking for family style side dishes, BLT Prime goes the extra mile with 10 sides to choose from, the only hard choice here, is which one? We tried the Onion Rings, with the sheer size of these beasts on a plate, it may be a meal in itself. Light and fluffy and not overly greasy like most grilled onion rings can be, they are just the right mix of tempura batter and large Vidalia Onions. Combine these with their Truffled Mash Potatoes and some Creamed Spinach and call it afternoon or evening of pure bliss.
No one can leave BLT Prime without trying one of their desserts. Their homemade Crepe Soufflé with Passion Fruit Sauce is an entire meal skipping option of bliss. Okay, their other menu options we described are too good to miss, so just order this as an amazing ending to a night. Using the same preparation concept as a breakfast entrée and turning it into a dessert was an amazing idea. It offers a difference to the traditional Florida desserts.
BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; a limited afternoon menu from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. Valet parking is available at a discounted price of $5.00 for all restaurant patrons.