Sunday’s can be rough, especially after eating and drinking all night (AKA our typical Saturday), which is one of the many reasons we love ending the week with a bang (AKA brunch). Especially when it comes in the form of free-flowing rosé, a bounty of meats grilled to order, garden-fresh vegetables, sea of sushi, and enough sugar to get you high. Enter Quinto La Huella, the urban offspring of the beachfront Parador La Huella in Uruguay and one (No. 17 in 2015) of Latin America’s Best Restaurants.
Burrowed away on the fifth floor of the new-ish (open since the end of May) and still trending East, Miami, Quinto La Huella can be best described as part rustic hacienda part tropical oasis. With ample indoor and outdoor seating (overlooking Brickell City Centre and the surrounding area), central bar, wood-grill and sushi counter, every visit here beckons a uniquely distinctive dining experience. Case in point: the recently introduced Sunday brunch features none of the usual suspects found all over town.
Forget eggs benedict, chicken and waffles, exotic pancakes, or some type of crazy French toast. Instead, Quinto’s buffet spread proffers typical Uruguayan parilla (think grass-fed Picanha, Tri Tip, Top Sirloin, Pork Belly, Pork Flank, Country Chicken, Salmon, Sweet breads, Sausage and Morcilla) grilled to order, as well as Blistering Corn, Provoleta, Flatbreads, and Potatoes cooked on the fly over open flame; the kind of foodstuff people in Uruguay eat on Sunday beachside with friends and family.
Sure buffet style brunches in Miami aren’t exactly a novelty, but setting Quinto La Huella apart from the pack is its price point (only $45) and centerpiece parilla. Wait for your meat by the fire or be strategic and hit up the hot and cold stations where depending on the day you can stack your plate with everything from Baba Ghanoush, Gazpacho, Chickpea Salad, Quinoa Salad, Beets and Goat Cheese to Potato Salad, Roasted Carrots, and Smoked Salmon. Pro tip: venture off-the-buffet path and over to the clandestine sushi corner where fresh and vibrant nigiri (with just the right amount of rice) will have you coming back to fish for more.
Take a break after round three and drink some sangria by the pitcher or rosé (you can add bottomless for an extra $20 a person) before tackling dessert. During our visit that included Cheesecake de Dulce Leche, Pavlovas de Chocolate y Banana, Carrot Cake, Alfajores, Panna Cotta, Fresh Fruits, Key Lime Tart, and Chocolate Cake to name a few. If there’s one thing we love more than Sunday brunch it’s sugar and sangria. We believe the proper term here is brunch-fecta.