[UPDATE: January 2/19] A reader has informed me that Plnthouse is no longer vegan and it’s barely vegan-friendly. They now have meat, fish, eggs and dairy on the menu. They are not focused on having vegan dishes anymore, and many people are showing up to the restaurant only to be disappointed.
I urge you to contact the management and inform them that you are not happy with these changes.
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I’ll leave my original blog post below so you can see what dining there used to be like. Hopefully they realize that they’ve made a mistake and will revert back to their former, plant-based menu.
Did you know that Miami is super vegan-friendly? There are plant-based restaurants popping up all over the place. I’ve managed to visit Miami once or twice every year for the last few years, and every time I’m there, I find another vegan restaurant to check out.
We totally lucked out when we found Plnthouse in Miami Beach. Justin and I had a day pass to the COMO Metropolitan before flying back home to Toronto after our vegan cruise. We didn’t originally plan to spend the day at the COMO, but we’re so happy that we did. When I simply typed “vegan” into Google Maps, I discovered that Plnthouse was right around the corner. And after dining there, I can tell you that it’s one of the best vegan restaurants in Miami.
Ultimate Beach Vibes
Plnthouse is actually part of the 1 Hotel South Beach property, although it’s totally open to the public and isn’t reserved for hotel guests (although if you stay there, you can charge your Plnthouse bill to your room).
To access the restaurant from the front of the building and through the hotel, it’s a little bit of a maze. You have to go up to the second floor, wander down a hallway, walk through a fitness centre, and then you’ll reach it.
We discovered afterwards that it’s so much easier to enter from the back of the hotel property. Walk along the beach and up a flight of stairs…and you’re there! You can enter the restaurant from its beachfront patio.
Natural and Bright
I immediately fell in love with the decor and atmosphere of Plnthouse. It’s an added bonus that makes it one of the best vegan restaurants in Miami. The restaurant is spacious, airy, and green. Tranquil shades of beige compliment the natural wicker furniture, and there are baskets of aerating ferns everywhere you turn.
While we thoroughly enjoyed the interior, the sunshine was calling my name. We dined on the patio to savour those ocean views.
Place your order at the front and a staff member will bring it out to you when it’s ready.
Of course, Plnthouse is 100% vegan and plant-based, with a number of gluten-free and nut-free options clearly labeled. The menu is posted on the wall right behind the front cash.
There are salads, wraps, sandwiches, bowls, tacos, a burger, and a curry for main dishes. Starters include avocado toast, a muesli bowl, hummus, lentil pate, or heart of palm ceviche.
There are also tons of smoothies and smoothie bowls if you’re looking for something lighter or fruitier. I’d love to come here for breakfast or after a workout for a smoothie or smoothie bowl.
To drink, choose from coffee, tea, pressed juices, coconut water, or kombucha. Or of course, a smoothie.
Our Vegan Meal
A stunning view and delicious food – what more could you ask for? We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Plnthouse.
I started with the sprouted garbanzo hummus because I was pretty darn hungry. For the main course, Justin got the Roasted Tomato Sandwich (turmeric sunflower cheddar, herb aioli, arugula, avocado on sourdough) and I got the One Bowl (brown rice, sprouted lentils, roasted broccoli, massaged kale, and a turmeric dressing).
For dessert, we split a slice of their chocolate cake a la mode, which came with a little bit of crunchy granola. I’ve never had this combination before and it was super yummy!
The menu was developed by Matthew Kenney, a renowned plant-based chef. His company, Matthew Kenney Cuisine, owns and operates several vegan restaurants in California, Florida, London, and New York.
Our only reservation was the price – it’s pretty expensive to dine here, especially for lunch. However, the meal was created with high quality ingredients, and it’s one of the best vegan restaurants in Miami, so it was worth the splurge. Treat ‘yo self.
We’d absolutely return to Plnthouse! Even though it was a tad pricey, it was a very memorable and tasty meal. Plus, the restaurant is in South Beach and owned by a celebrity chef, so you’re bound to pay a little bit more. Considering we were on vacation, we didn’t mind treating ourselves.
From the starter to the dessert, we ate until we couldn’t eat any more food and it satisfied our appetites until later on that evening. I’m still dreaming about that dessert. Yum!
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Which do you feel are the best vegan restaurants in Miami?