Consensus: What’s most surprising about Sweet Melody’s crafted ice cream isn’t the unique blend of flavors, but the immediate impression that each ounce was churned from the heart. Food is meant to be shared, and with every creation, Founder Mike Romeu welcomes us into his family.
Miami’s food and culture game is really coming in hot this year more than ever, and our tastebuds are struggling to keep up. From donuts to ice cream sandwiches, our city is flooding with delicious local goods and we’re not complaining. Among them, one of the most satisfyingly simple desserts out there, perfect for the hot summer months (or just all-year around): ice cream. In Honor of National Ice Cream Month, we were invited to YVE Hotel Miami to sample a fresh take on a new collaboration with a local take on the parlor staple by Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream Co. Spear-headed by Mike Romeu and named after his four-year old daughter, Sweet Melody is easily some of the most sumptuous ice cream we’ve had in a long time.
Although the gathering was centered around sweets, YVE Hotel Miami and Biscayne Tavern‘s head chef, Joseph Roberti, so generously readied our pallets with some of their more popular appetizers and cocktails: Crispy Pork Dumplings, Pan de Bono, Crispy Shrimp with a Kiwi Caipirinha and a refreshing White Sangria. YVE, whose namesake Yves Saint Laurent was one of the most influential designers to ever walk the earth, is one of Miami’s premier lifestyle hotels and located conveniently across from Bayfront Park and Bayside. They’re dedicated to connecting cultural happenings to the hotel, from local artists on rotation in the lobby, and cocktail menus inspired by the Miami art scene, to the new sweet pop-up with Sweet Melody. But we’ll tell you more about the hotel through our staycation piece coming out soon.
They’re dedicated to connecting cultural happenings to the hotel, from local artists on rotation in the lobby, and cocktail menus inspired by the Miami art scene, to the new sweet pop-up with Sweet Melody.
So back to the food. Sweet Melody is popping up at YVE with flavors created especially for the hotel and Biscayne Tavern. The local ice creamery started homemade, literally. Mike and his late fiancé would churn into the night, developing some of the most unique and “adult” flavors you’ll ever taste. Artisanal and “out there”, their YVE flavors are infused with a feminine inspiration to compliment the modernity of the hotel and tavern. On the menu at YVE: “Bouquet of YVE”, a strawberry cabernet blend with roasted pistachios all paired with a freshly poured glass of red, and “YVE’s Lavender Delight” a lavender-infused peach ice cream with amaretto and toasted almonds joined nicely with a fruity fizz.
We came to taste the flavors unique to YVE, but left with the treat of peeking into the mind of Sweet Melody’s captain and his love for his family. Along with the menu-ed custards, we tasted two of his more decadent flavors: Miso Corny, and Sunday Morning Hangover. I wish I could describe the robust taste further, but their names do the trick nicely. Sweet Melody has their eyes on a potential brick and mortar coming soon, with other pop-ups at Estancia Culinaria, Caffe Violetto, and even something game-changing with Misha’s Cupcakes. But for now, if you’re looking for something entirely different yet filled with the comforting soul you’ve always loved, pop over to YVE’s Biscayne Tavern and dip your spoon into Sweet Melody’s ice cream servings. Supporting local has never felt so good.