Thursday, May 16, 2024

Review: Juniper on the Water

Brunch. The perfect excuse to drink champagne before noon and splurge on all the things. When you live in South Florida, brunch can also sometimes bring you gorgeous views of the ocean or Intracoastal. I love spending my Sunday afternoons in the sun—even better with a cocktail in my hand and good food in my belly.

A must-try spot for brunch? Juniper On The Water in Hallandale Beach. This New American-Mediterranean restaurant is located on the intracoastal waterway and has a covered outdoor terrace with an a gorgeous view. This is definitely the ideal spot for a sunny South Florida morning or afternoon. Although I’d prefer to eat outside when dining here, the interior is just as inviting. The atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming, exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant at the beach.

A cool, refreshing cocktail is always needed at brunch, and Juniper has more than just your average brunch drinks. Case in point: the Juniper. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it tastes yummy, too! It’s a puree of cucumber and yellow bell pepper, Hendrix gin, St. Germain and lime, with a cumin-spiced rim. Sounds weird with the peppers, but you can’t taste it—I promise. I wouldn’t have known they were there had I not read the description.

Smoked or house-cured salmon is another brunch staple for me. Juniper On The Water’s Salmon Platter comes with house citrus-cured salmon, cucumber, tomato, capers and red onion. Everything tasted so bright and fresh, but what fascinated me the most was the presentation. You could tell the chef intentionally positioned each ingredient so they intertwined perfectly on the plate.

The brunch menu has a great selection of salads, egg dishes and griddle classics, but I went for a Florida favorite—Mahi Tacos! Served on a corn tortilla with tomato, poblano peppers, red onions and ancho chili aioli, these fish tacos definitely hit the spot. The fish was fresh with great grill marks and a bit of a smokey flavor. The serving size was just right. The filling didn’t fall out as I wrapped up each tortilla to stuff my face, and that is a very important factor when it comes to tacos! I’d order these again for sure.

Juniper On The Water is more than just a beautiful brunch spot. The restuarant also serves dinner and has a great happy hour, too. You’ll have to visit it for yourself! Read my full review on Take A Bite Out of Boca.

Shaina Wizov
Shaina Wizov
Shaina was born and raised in South Jersey; she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and media studies. After moving to Boca, Shaina created her own food blog, which has only enhanced her passion for cooking, baking, sipping and savoring her way around South Florida. Shaina is involved in many of the region’s food and wine festivals and events. Follow Shaina’s foodie adventures every other Thursday at—and on her own blog, Take A Bite Out of Boca.

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