I’m just back from a quick getaway to Miami where I stayed at the InterContinental Miami, a great business hotel in a key location overlooking Biscayne Bay but smack-dab in the middle of the city’s financial district. 

Throughout my stay, I passed through the lobby with barely a glance at Toro Toro, the hotel’s signature restaurant located just beyond the lobby bar. On the final day of my visit, I decided to check it out — a good decision, at that.  

Sandoval’s “Pan Latin” menu is built on the concept of sharing small plates. The options can be overwhelming, so we took our server’s advice and selected an assortment of hot and cold starters:  ceviche de Mariscos (shrimp, scallops, calamari, aji panca, ginger, orange and hearts of palm); stone crab claws with rocoto cocktail sauce, lemon aioli and Peruvian corn; crispy calamari with ginger scallion sauce and chipotle aioli;  chicharron de camarones (crispy shrimp, aji Amarillo, avocado and rocoto mint salsa); and shrimp skewers.

The meal was a party of international flavors with hints of Latin American, Asian and New American influences.

— Lisa Matte, editor in chief