If you couldn’t tell from my Instagram feed, I like being on the move. I consider myself an urban explorer. To me, traveling to a new city, just to sit still, is counterintuitive. If you’re unwilling to immerse yourself in what makes your destination unique, likely the reason you chose to visit THAT city in the first place, why did you even leave your couch?
As a result, I enjoy being ‘busy’ even when on vacation. Yes, I understand lazy beach days are also ideal – and I do make time to lose time sitting in the sand – but vacation is meant for doing what makes you happy. And for me, that’s taking in all the local sights, scenes, people, and food I possibly can.
So when we started roughly planning our itinerary to Miami, my inner fat kid knew that FOOD would take a priority (doesn’t it always?) in our planning. I’ve already detailed our extensive taco tour of Miami in a previous post, but this one’s all about the amazing dinner we had at Watr, the rooftop bar restaurant on top of the 1 Hotel, Miami.
Kris is my urban-exploration partner, and I am so fortunate we are on the same page when it comes to activities and priorities when visiting a new city. We don’t always like going out to bars (don’t get me wrong, we definitely have our moments,) but as foodies, we prefer to have good time eating adventurous dishes and drinking too many craft cocktails. Since it was our vacation, we wanted to plan one ‘splurge’ dinner.
I looked around at restaurants for said dinner, and I ended up making reservations for us at Watr (about a month in advance b/c I’m a chronic planner) because I saw the word ROOFTOP and it was game over. Decision made. What better way to splurge than eating Polynesian food and drinking too much on a rooftop in South Beach??
We started off our experience at 1 Hotel Miami with spicy passionfruit margaritas and a tour of the rooftop. The rooftop is home to Watr restaurant + bar, but there is also a pool for hotel guests, complete with cabanas and epic views.
Our plan of attack for food was to split two appetizers and then each order an entree. We split the Local Green + Asian Pear Salad, as well as the Dolphin Roll. Both Kris and I both agree that the Dolphin Roll was the freshest tasting sushi we’ve ever had; I think we could’ve skipped entrees, ordered two more rolls, and been perfectly content!
We did not skip entrees – but instead, each ordered a different poke bowl. Since Watr’s menu is based in Polynesian/Hawaiian cuisine, and we were oceanside, we thought it was only right to order some of this fresh ‘fish salad’ for dinner. I ordered the Match Made in Heaven (tuna, salmon, yellowtail ), and Kris ordered the Craving Kani (Snow crab, pineapple, seaweed salad.) We split the dishes, both of which were amazingly fresh.
If you’d like to live it up (literally) in Miami, I definitely suggest dinner or drinks at Watr at the 1 Rooftop. You’re sure to get a delicious meal, amazing drinks, as well as gain an incredible experience of Miami (plus, the rooftop cabanas SCREAM photo op.)
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Thank you 1Hotels for the hospitality and for creating such an amazing space. Have you been to Watr at the 1 Rooftop – Miami? What did you order? What did you think of that VIEW?? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
Curious about where else I’m eating on my #TayloredTravels? Check out more of my recent eats HERE!
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Until next time, keep it wayyyy way up.