Traymore by Michael Schwartz

04/15/2019 by

Many of us were surprised and disappointed when Chef Michael Schwartz closed his restaurant in the now vacant Raleigh Hotel in 2015.

He may have left Miami Beach, but went on to expand his restaurant presence opening F’ilia in the SLS Brickell, Amara in Edgewater and expanding his pizza empire with Harry’s Pizza in Cleveland. Now with nine concepts, the 2010 James Beard Award Winner returns to Miami Beach at The Traymore in the 1930’s Art Deco classic boutique hotel, COMO by Metropolitan.

COMO Hotels is an upscale Singapore based hotel chain with locations all over the world and owned by Christine Ong and her husband Ong Beng Seng. It is quietly rumored that the hit film, “Crazy Rich Asians” may have been inspired by their hotels and real estate holdings. But nonetheless, COMO hotels feature a commitment to Wellness, Shambala Spa treatments and a relaxed and intimate setting. And top-notch restaurants that stand alone as among the best in any given location. For example, the Bangkok COMO features Nahm, 28 in the Top 50 World’s Best Restaurants.

The Miami Beach COMO location is easy to miss along the five-block row of older Mid Beach condos. A couple doors North of the 1 Hotel, it offers the privacy and peace that is so hard to find these days in hotels along Miami Beach and is a welcome oasis.

The Traymore is the beautiful signature restaurant and attention has been paid to restoring the terrazzo floors, recessed lighting, and immense fluted columns. It is just the kind of place that would appeal to Chef Schwartz, a long time Miami Beach resident respectful of the Art Deco restorations.

As invited guests, we joined Michael and The Traymore Food & Beverage team for a tasting of his new menu. Chef Schwartz, never one to shy away from working creatively with unique flavors, has created a menu that matches the Singapore and Southeast Asian vibe at COMO by Metropolitan. Kimchi, Lemongrass, Japanese Chili Toragashi, and Indonesian Green Sambal are ingredients that appear in many dishes.

The menu is not your typical “hotel” menu and like other COMO hotels, the hope is that The Traymore will attract its own set of loyal diners looking to enjoy Chef Schwartz’s cuisine and is not necessarily only for the hotel guests.