What´s new
Azul’s Joel Huff leaves Mandarin Oriental Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:01
Joel Huff is no longer the chef at Azul, the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s signature restaurant.  The new chef is former sous-chef Jacob Anaya.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 21:24
Fratelli Lyon closes. MC Kitchen takes over with Chef Dena Marino, Design District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Sunday, 13 May 2012 11:06

Fratelli Lyon, a fixture in the Design District  since 2008, has closed. After a falling out with his partners, owner Ken Lyon, a renowned caterer and restaurateur credited for insufflating life and pizzazz to Lincoln Road, is looking for another location.  In the meantime, he will offer his catering clients a "Fratelli Lyon" menu special for the summer.

dena marino2After renovations, the Fratelli Lyon  in the Driade building  is slated to reopen in late summer as MC Kitchen, of MC Hospitality Group, with Chef Dena Marino at the helm.

Chef Marino, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, worked at TreVigne with Chef Michael Chiarello before being executive chef at Ajax and D19 restaurants in Aspen CO. After a brief stint at De Vito, South Beach, which brought her to Miami, the chef, who is known for her rustic Italian cuisine.  is planning a menu based on seasonal organic ingredients at MC Kitchen.

MC Kitchen,  4141 Second Avenue, Driade showroom, Design District.

Mathias Gervais new executive chef at The Setai PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:15

chef setaiAfter the departure of chef David Werly, The Setai, Miami Beach Vice President and Managing Director Guenter Richter appointed Mathias Gervais as the hotel’s new executive chef.  Chef Gervais will be responsible for overseeing all culinary operations for the award-winning hotel.   “He is a great culinary talent who understands the intricacies of our Far East-inspired and southern European offerings,” said Richter of Chef Gervais who specializes in a blend of French, Italian and Japanese cultures with a focus on the traditional gastronomic Japanese cuisine.

A native of France, chef Gervais honed his culinary skills working alongside top chefs including Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac as well as Takeo Yamazaki at the Hôtel Metropole in Monte Carlo, Monaco, a two Michelin star rated Japanese restaurant. At age 33, Chef Gervais has worked in three Michelin star L’Enoteca Pincchiorri in Firenze, Italy with chef Annie Feolde; at two Michelin star Le Moulin de Mougins in Mougins, France with Maître Cuisinier de France Roger Vergé; and at two Michelin star Le Faventia at the Four Seasons in Fayence, France.

For more information:  www.setai.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:18
Ernie’s Italian Chophouse opens in Lighthouse Point, Ft. Lauderdale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:58

Brooklyn native and Florida nightlife veteran Ernie Patti has opened the 135-seat Ernie’s Italian Chophouse in a modern, upscale 4,000-square-foot space Lighthouse Point with  Executive Chef Gary Wood — former executive sous chef at Nick Morfogen’s 32 East in Delray Beach ; Tra Vigne in Napa Valley, Max’s Grille in Boca Raton;  Mark’s CityPlace in West Palm Beach —  in the kitchen.

Executive Chef Gary Wood menu of rustic favorites lists house-made mozzarella cheese and appetizers (beginning at $6) like breaded Eggplant Stack finished with balsamic reduction and Spiedini Di Mozzarella with charred tomato and anchovy dressing. There is chilled Crab Cocktail with colossal lump blue crab and house mustard or an all-time-favorite and Clams Oreganato in addition to Beef Carpaccio topped with arugula salad, aged parmigiano and garlic aioli. The menu follows with Salads (starting at $8) such as Fennel, Beets & Arugula tossed in mustard vinaigrette topped with shaved Grana Padano and Soups ($6) like Escarole & Beans with pancetta.

Composed Small Plates (starting at $14) offer an opportunity to share or perhaps to pair with a salad and appetizer for a full meal. There’s Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi with roasted wild mushrooms score a homerun; Mediterranean Grilled Octopus is served with limóncello vinaigrette and cannellini beans; Tonno Scottato or seared ahi tuna comes with heirloom tomato and panzanella salad. Veal Meatballs – Ernie’s mother’s Old Country recipe – are served over a mixed green salad with a side of ricotta are stars, along with additional meat options: twin baby veal shanks Osso Buco are served with risotto Milanese.

The hearty portions of homemade Pastas (starting at $18) range from Spaghetti All‘Amatriciana, red or white Linguini with Clams, and Pappardelle Bolognese made with beef, veal and pork to squid-ink  Black Fettuccini with shrimp in white wine butter sauce topped with jumbo crab and breadcrumbs and Ravioli of the Day and the Straw & Hay dish with spinach and egg noodles, pancetta, peas and a touch of cream among others.

Meats and Fish (starting at $22) include a 14 oz., milk-fed Veal Chop served with porcini mushrooms, red wine reduction and risotto; Sorrentino simply sautéed with thin-sliced prosciutto, eggplant and fontina in a tomato sauce;  Chicken Scarpariello for Two –a half portion is served upon request – with Italian sausage and peppers; Whole and filleted fish specials;   wet aged Premium beef Steaks (starting at $25);  10 oz. prime chopped beef Chophouse Italian Cheeseburger ($18) and sides (starting at $7) such as Truffle-Parmesan Fries, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, Escarole, Roasted Seasonal Mushrooms, or a take on mac and cheese – Cavatelli with Garlic, Fontina and Parsley.

Desserts (starting at $6) include  Italian Ricotta Cheesecake with a hint of orange zest, moist Flourless Chocolate Cake, and perfect Sicilian Cannoli filled with two types of ricotta whipped to light and airy perfection with cream cheese, cinnamon and chocolate chips.

The international wine list is overseen by sommelier Alfie Alvarado, rounded up by an assortment of cognacs, grappa, whisky, dessert wines, Tawny ports and champagne.   Happy Hour offers free signature meatballs and 2-for-1 drinks on Thursday. For $30 per person, the Sunday Gravy Dinner special offers a heaping bowl of paccheri pasta with meatballs, homemade San Marzano tomato sauce, ricotta and bread.

Ernie’s Italian Chophouse is open for  dinner daily with Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 3150 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point, Florida,  Complimentary valet parking on Friday and Saturday; abundant free parking available.   (954) 781-0910; http://erniesitalianchophouse.com/

Anise Taverna reopens as River Shack, North Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:31

After almost four years of Mediterranean fare Anise Taverna has closed to reopen, with co-owner/partner Chef David Long, “RiverShack”. The Meolis will still run the front of the house and the casual eatery has plans to create a “Game Room”, Weekend Brunch and monthly whole lamb and pig roasts with Chef David Long & Sous Chef Alan Harst in the kitchen.

River Shack will open Tuesday through Sundays from 5pm-Midnight, 620 NE 78th Street, Miami, FL 33138 305-758-2929, www.anisetaverna.com

Closed: Gardner's Market, South Miami; Sustain, Midtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:24

Gardner’s Market on Red Road (57th Ave.) in South Miami has closed.  The iconic market which was sold a few years ago by the Adams-Gardner family to Food Spot Corp. was for several decades instrumental in educating the palates of Miami residents and was a forerunner in the sustainable and organic food trend,

Brian Goldberg’s and chef Alex Piñero’s Sustain Restaurant in Midtown Miami has closed.

Barrel Wine Cantine opens in Design District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:09

victor 2Barrel Wine Cantine has brought some life to the shifting border between the Design District and Midtown, at  3622 NE Second Avenue next door to Barton G’s old headquarters,  where W Wine Bistro used to be.
Owner Victor Passalacqua, the restaurateur who masters the front of the house as well as the kitchen — as GM he opened La Dorada in Coral Gables, Quijote in Coconut Grove, served as GM at the Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne and  at Fontana Restaurant at the Biltmore  among others.  In the kitchen Chef Victor -  who trained with legendary Paul Bocuse in Lyon and among others owned and operated Bistro Bisou in the Dadeland Plaza Mall — is reinventing or rather creating the concept.
"It's not a restaurant," he explains. "It's a wine store with cheeses, charcuterie and good food…, very casual, very friendly,  informal…"
Like at a French “traiteur” or caterer’s store, there’s a deli case topped with croissants, pain au chocolat, and assorted breads, under which, well refrigerated are cold cuts, imported cheeses, dips (hummus; spinach-cheeses) and quiches that can be warmed up and served at home.
The walls of the bistro are lined with wooden racks holding well-priced wines, Old World on one side, New World on the other.  While the top label is $2000, 80% of the bottles range from $11 to $50 and corkage fee, if you'd rather bring your own bottle, is $10.  Barrel also offers 15 craft and micro-brews from $4 to $8.
victor 1Barrel Wine Cantine’s  menu fits on a sheet and reads like a French bistro’s;  homemade foie gras and country-style pâtés and terrines;  hot and cold sandwiches ($7 to $9) ranging from Croque Monsieur, Merguez with harrissa mayo and hamburger from grass-fed beef on brioche to smoked salmon with tomatoes and capers;   salads ($7 to $9); quiches; soups; empanadas;  small plates like tortilla Española, smoked duck bruschetta,  escargots, and fried garbanzos with chorizo, as well as combos to please the midday crowds.
There’s home cooked fare like braised short ribs, mussels with French fries, chicken fricassée,  coq au vin, cheese lasagna for just $10 or $12 per plate and other dishes but the list changes daily and you will always find chalkboard specials: “I don’t have specialties and I cook what I like to eat,” claims Victor. “I go to the market in the early morning, buy what’s really good, come back and then cook it.”  “All the poultry is free range and organic, says Victor. As a matter of fact, 90% of what we serve is organic or from local farmers, except from the beef which grass fed organic beef from Uruguay.”
Desserts are also homemade ($5 to $6) like tarte aux pommes; crème brûlée, tiramisu and arroz con leche, among other favorites.

Barrel Wine Cantine is open daily from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.. There is a free parking lot across the street. 3622 NE Second Ave., Miami Design District. 305-576-7775 www.barrelwinecantine.com



Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:57
Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers with a Brazilian Twist to open in Midtown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:06


giraffasGiraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers a fast casual dining concept founded by Carlos Guerra, with a vibrant décor and cheery colors, revolving menus display boards,  TV screens and an open kitchen is opening its second location at the Shops in Midtown — the first US location opened at  1821 NE 123rd Street. and Biscayne Blvd.

This is not the Rodizio-type all-you-can-eat meat Brazilian restaurant. It offers a menu of American dishes such as burgers, steaks, chicken, shrimp and pasta dishes with a Brazilian twist.   There is not just high-quality Brazilian cuts, such as Picanha and Maminha, they come with Brazilian spicy sauces;  you will find pastas with Strogranoff sauce, commonly served in Brazil, Quinoa salad and Brazilian Farofa, and  desserts such as the typically Brazilian Petit Gâteau. Giraffas even offers a selection of beers, including Itaipava Brazilian beer.

Portions are generous and range from $8 for a Picanha meat burger with fries to $15 for salmon dishes.

In Brazil, Mr. Guerra grew Giraffas to 385 restaurants.   Giraffas’ U.S. is family owned and operated with plans to expand into four additional locations by the end of 2012, and 34 locations over the next five years.

Giraffas Restaurant  giraffas.com

China Grill relocates to Brickell area, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elaine Walker, Miami Herald   
Monday, 09 April 2012 21:02

chinagrillChina Grill, which has been one of South Beach’s landmark restaurants since 1995, is closing its doors on Saturday, April 28 in preparation for a move to Brickell Avenue later this year.

The restaurant’s 75 employees were told about the decision Saturday after China Grill Management and owner Jeffrey Chodorow signed a lease on Friday for a new location at 801 Brickell Avenue, which will open during the fall or just before the winter holidays.

The South Beach location of China Grill was part of what lead the revival of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The restaurant’s lighted tower became an architectural icon and the restaurant was considered a destination for the hip and famous. But over the years competition in Miami’s culinary scene has increased and China Grill lost some of its luster.

China Grill’s possible move had been anticipated for more than a year and the company had first considered moving to Midtown Miami.

“After years in one of the most iconic South Beach locations we felt our client demographics had changed,” said Terry Zarikian, director of product development for China Grill Management. “We decided that Brickell would be a better location to introduce the new direction of China Grill.”

The new 15,000-square-foot China Grill at 801 Brickell Ave. will be a three-level restaurant with elevated ceilings and a covered outdoor dining garden and bar. Designed by New York's ICRAVE Studio in association with Miami based Arquitectonica, the new Brickell restaurant is part of an effort to refresh the brand which this year will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its flagship New York opening.

China Grill has locations in Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, New York, and Mexico City, all of which are expected to receive renovations and a new culinary concept.

Employees at the Miami Beach restaurant will receive severance packages if they remain until the restaurant closing, Zarikian said. The company has also made arrangements for them to be interviewed by MILOS, another new restaurant opening on South Beach.

Employees are encouraged to reapply for jobs at the new Brickell restaurant. China Grill managers will be kept on after the Miami Beach closing and some will be working at the Fort Lauderdale restaurant. The chef will move to China Grill Fort Lauderdale.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/08/2738150/china-grill-moving-from-miami.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing Brings Kosher-Style Food to Surfside PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 09 April 2012 19:30

deliJohn Donovan and chef Joshua Marcus have opened Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing on Harding Ave., surfside.  “This is something that I have always wanted to do,” explains chef Joshua Marcus. “What South Florida is missing is great deli. And I plan to fill that void. We’re taking all of the classics and putting a fresh, new twist on them.”

Straight from his grandmother’s recipe book, chef Joshua will cook up knishes, latkes, chopped liver and more, and his own house-made bagels.  On the menu, there’s a large selection of house-made  specialties such as  Matzoh balls, (which are made with duck fat and ginger beer); stuffed cabbage; thinly sliced smoked sable (black cod brined for three hours then hot smoked for four hours, topped with molasses and paprika); pickled mackerel; thinly sliced pastrami salmon (salmon cured with pastrami spices for three days, served with pickled vegetables and toast points); and more.

deli2deli3The Sandwich Board includes a selection of pastrami; corned beef; Harding salami (a house-made combination of a savory Italian salami and classic kosher hard salami); and tongue; as well as specialty sandwiches like the “Jewban” (9.95), a combo of pastrami and roasted pork topped with pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese on pressed Cuban bread; and “Tricky Rickey” (10.95) (duck prosciutto, Roasted turkey, brie, caramelized onions and spinach on a Ciabatta roll).

Josh’s Delicatessen & Appetizing is open from 8AM-8PM for  breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Surfside’s only true Jewish-style deli.  Delivery is available upon request.  9517 Harding Ave., Surfside FL 305. 397. 8494

Fresco Trattoria opens in South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 09 April 2012 19:13

frescotrattoria 001Fresco Trattoria, a 269-seat indoor/outdoor Italian eatery has opened at 1410 Ocean Drive in South Beach. This the first US location for owner Sergio Massaglia, who owns and operates two Fresco locations in Milan and Naples, Italy. Keeping in the spirit of these old trattorie,  Fresco’s main dining room is modeled after its sister properties overseas.  The kitchen is helmed by two Italian-born chefs and the menu includes a variety of antipasti, hand-tossed pizzas, pastas and more: http://www.frescomiami.com/menu/Menu/

Fresco Trattoria is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight. 1410 Ocean Drive, South Beach. For reservations: 305.535.3500 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   www.frescomiami.com.

frescotrattoria 2

Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, a contemporary Pan-Latin restaurant slated to open mid-April in Brickell Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 09 April 2012 16:09

Kokoriko, the 45-year-old Colombian chain of restaurants specializing in rotisserie chicken, and its CEO, Eduardo Robayo, have partnered with Mexican restaurateur and chef Richard Sandoval (a James Beard Award nominee) to open Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, a 3,000 square foot, indoor/outdoor location at the street level of the Axis building, 1111 SW 1st Avenue in downtown Miami’s Brickell area.

The modernized version of the reasonably-priced, casual chain of eateries offers a menu of free-range, all-natural chicken specialties, salads, soups, sandwiches and Latin American comfort foods with authentic Latin ingredients and international flavors and cooking techniques inspired by Sandoval’s culinary repertoire and Mexican heritage.

Signature dishes include a grilled half boneless chicken “churrasco,” jicama cucumber salad, ajiaco soup and Sandoval’s twist on a popular Venezuelan dish, corn cachapas pancakes, plain or with a cheese and tomato jam filling.  The menu also lists sandwiches like oven-roasted vegetable sandwich with a medley of vegetables, portabella mushroom, jack cheese, watercress salad and chimichurri;  arepas filled with a choice of chicken salad or BBQ chicken and tacos such as tinga  pulled rotisserie chicken, spicy tomato sauce, black bean puree and pico de gallo.

For Sides the choices run from yucca fries with citrus mojo and crushed baby potato “tostones” with truffle chimichurri to creamy aji amarillo cole slaw and Latin-style corn on the cob with creamy chipotle sauce and queso fresco.  Desserts include cheesecake drizzled with tomato jam and sweet plantains covered with cheese and guava or cheese and caramel.

The first of several future restaurants across the United States, Kokoriko is embarking on an international expansion.  Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie in downtown Miami’s Brickell area is slated to open mid-April, across the street from the Brickell Avenue Metrorail and Metromover station.   Open for  lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.    305-372-2594.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 April 2012 19:15
Queen Lounge: Mixology and Gastronomy, opens in South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Friday, 30 March 2012 18:06

queens lounge 3Queen Lounge, a new 4,000-square-foot multi-room cocktail and gastro-lounge is opening at 841 Washington Avenue, South Beach. It is the brainchild of European nightlife savant Sanaa Moussaoui and managing partner/Miami native Maria Ortiz. Mixology veteran Thomas Merolla (Living Room; Mondrian; Delano) is in charge of the extensive menu of hand-crafted cocktails.   Executive Chef Matthew Goldberg — formerly of Wynwood’s Cafeina and trained by   Chef Michelle Bernstein — created a menu of small plates such as Goat Cheese and Jamon Truffles ($12), herb-infused goat cheese spiked with jamon serrano rolled in a pistachio crust with rum-soaked guava glaze; Kobe Beef Sliders ($16) and  Ahi Tuna Sashimi ($12), hand sliced tuna with watercress, grapefruit, ginger, scallions, chili oil and yuzu-soy drizzle.

Queen Lounge is open seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. Guests can unwind and enjoy $5 cocktails and tapas from 5 to 8 p.m. daily during The Ultimate Happy Hour. 841 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. 305.397.8056,   www.queenloungemiami.com.

South of France meets South Beach at Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 23:32

azurCo-Owners Jean-Philippe Bernard, Michael Martin and acclaimed French Actor Olivier Martinez (Hale Berry’s significant other) have opened their 6,000 square foot restaurant & lounge, Villa Azur with a private dining room enclosed within an elegant wine cellar and a chic outdoor patio, at 309 23rd Avenue, Miami Beach.

In addition to a raw bar with abundant seafood towers and fresh oysters, the menu under the direction of Executive Chef Mickael Bensa, will bring a taste of the South of France to South Beach with dishes such as Rigatoni  Aux Morilles (Rigatoni with a morels mushroom sauce), Penne Rigate (Penne Rigate with vodka & caviar crème sauce), Mignon de Veau Farcis aux Artichauts (Veal filet mignon stuffed with artichokes, confit tomatoes & scamorza cheese), Cassolette de Bouillabaisse Mediterraneenne (Mediterranean Bouillabaisse Casserole), St. Jacques Safrancées (Seared scallops with leek fondue, pousses of boraggine & saffron sauce), Dos de Branzino Grillé (Grilled Branzino with roasted pepper coulis and artichoke barigoule) and desserts such as Mousse au Nutella, to name a few.

Light bites or take-out from Villa Azur's French Gourmet & Delicatessen menu include caviar, smoked salmon, handmade Foie Gras and French macaroons.

"We couldn't be more excited to open the doors to Villa Azur and for guests to experience the exceptional cuisine that Executive Chef Michael Bensa will be offering," says co-owner Jean-Philippe Bernard. "Not only is Villa Azur a restaurant where guests can enjoy fine South of France cuisine with an Italian twist but it is also a "destination" where friends can join together in a comfortable setting with a great energy," adds co-owner Michael Martin.

"The design of Villa Azur is absolutely breathtaking and I am very excited to be joining my friends and business partners in opening a restaurant in Miami which is one of my favorite cities in the world. From the cuisine and drink menus to the overall atmosphere and ambiance Villa Azur will definitely bring that authentic South of France lifestyle to South Beach," said co-owner Olivier Martinez.

La Cave d'Azur offers over 190 hand-picked wines and champagnes from a small village appellation to a Grand Cru Classé of France, Italy and Spain and some prestigious North American winery and will be open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 PM. Villa Azur will feature DJs from the South of France and all over the world giving guests the characteristic Miami Beach energy and after-dinner vibe.

Villa Azur is open for dinner 7 days a week from 7 pm until late and for brunch every Saturday starting at noon.  La Cave d'Azur is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 PM. Reservations: 305 763 8688      (305) 538-2118. www.villaazurmiami.com .

Jarod Higgins new Chef de Cuisine at new Red, the Steakhouse, Boca Raton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 22:47

jarod higgins Chef Peter Vauthy of Red, the Steakhouse Miami Beach announced the appointment of Jarod Higgins as the chef de cuisine of the soon-to-open Red, the Steakhouse Boca Raton.

Higgins will direct all food and beverage operations for the award-winning steakhouse. With the original, Red, the Steakhouse in Cleveland and its sister restaurant already a mainstay in South Beach, the Boca Raton location will be the third Red restaurant in Red Restaurant Group’s portfolio set to open next month.

A New England native, Higgins, who was classically trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, most recently served as executive chef of Flare Brick Oven Bistro in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was executive chef at The Chop House at The Four Points Sheraton in Asheville, NC where he previously served as the food & beverage director and began his culinary hospitality career at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Red, the Steakhouse Boca Raton is located at 1901 North Military Road Boca Raton, FL. For more information or reservations call 561.353.9139 or visit www.redthesteakhouse.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 22:50
Alex Rosado appointed Executive Chef of The Dining Room at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:52

Chef Alex Rosado, the former Chef de Cuisine at The Dining Room at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, now heads the property's signature restaurant, as well as oversees menu development and chef management. “My commitment to using fresh, local ingredients and incorporating vibrant flavors into both classic and innovative techniques will ensure that The Dining Room’s dishes remain sophisticated but approachable,” said Chef Rosado who has been working alongside Corporate Chef, Luis Pous to develop the restaurant’s accolade-winning French and Pan-Latin fare.

Prior to joining Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd., in 2009, the Puerto Rican born Chef Rosado, a graduate of the Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta,  honed his skills in award-winning kitchens, including Rathbun’s Atlanta; The Caribbean Grill at The Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the lower Florida Keys, is located on a lush, 5.5 acre private island.   Little Palm Island is located at 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, Fla. 33042.  1-800-343-8567 or   www.littlepalmisland.com.

Ni.Do. Caffé new Italian Eatery on Biscayne corridor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Sunday, 04 March 2012 21:42


Ni.Do  Caffé, a cozy new Italian eatery with a granite bar,  whitewashed wooden tables and a small market has recently opened on Biscayne. On the menu paccheri pasta, sausage and provola cheese,  creamy mozzarella di buffalo, carpaccios and tartares followed by regional dishes.

Ni.Do. Caffé,7295 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-960-7022. www.nidocaffe.com

Soho Beach House opens Ocho Taqueria and Tequila bar on 8th floor rooftop, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:44

Ocho, Soho Beach House’s new Taqueria and Tequila bar  on their 8th floor rooftop brings a deliciously spiced menu by Mexican Chef Mario Manzanero, including fresh ceviche, queso fundito, crispy chorizo, carnitas con salsa verde, and the best guacamole outside of Tijuana with an occasional Mariachi band and surprise festivities every week.. Inspired by Mexican street-food taco trucks and evoking the vibe of an authentic cantina, Ocho also offers a variety of Mezcal and over forty types of Tequila as well as eight types of Margaritas, from the Smokey Pedro with house-made curaçao to the Watermelon & Cucumber, all priced at $8.

Ocho, Soho Beach House’s new Taqueria and Tequila bar is open Mon-Friday 6pm – midnight, Saturdays from 11:30 a.m to 1 a.m. and Sun 11:30-11pm
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 23:20
PM Fish & Steak House and Sacha’s Café open on Brickell, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:21


The 1450 Brickell/One Broadway office, retail and residential complex is now home to two new locations.  Sacha’s Café is owner Hans Viertl’s fourth location in Miami— the others are in Coral Gables and Blue Lagoon district. The former Club Med executive chef brings to his cafes freshly made salads, sandwiches and light bites for breakfast and lunch in a sophisticated ambiance that, with the addition of WiFi, is home to both major corporations and a growing residential population.

Argentine/Mexican-owned PM Fish & Steak House is a trendy, upscale steak and seafood restaurant with indoor and patio seating. The Brickell launch marks the restaurant’s United States debut following successful locations overseas

Both join fellow 1450 Brickell/One Broadway restaurants Brickell Irish Pub and Pieduck’s Pizza, as well as the soon-to-be-opened Brickell Deli, Dominique’s Bistro, and Tickl, a new concept by the team behind Miami Beach’s AltaMare.

For more information about 1450 Brickell & One Broadway, please visit www.1450Brickell.com or www.onebroadway.com. For office/retail leasing information, please contact Tere Blanca or Danet Linares of Blanca Commercial Real Estate at (305) 577-8850.

The Dome Caviar Bar opens in Coral Gables PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 06:10

In addition to opening the only Latin American fusion and caviar bar in the heart of Coral Gables, Cuban-Russian owner Rachel Dominguez has turned The Dome Caviar Bar into a Silver LEED Certified Eco-friendly restaurant and retail store selling from Russian Ossetra, and Royal Siberian Caviar to  White sturgeon, Hackleback, and Paddle Fish.

Executive Chef Marsha Orosco brings a vast culinary experience to The Dome: she became the first female executive chef for both Hollywood's Council Oak Steakhouse and Ft. Lauderdale's Morton's The Steakhouse. In addition to holding managerial positions at Season's 52, Norman's, and Mundo under Norman Van Aken.

The Dome Caviar Bar is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 to 10 p.m., Bar is open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Closed on Monday. 271 Miracle Mile • Coral Gables, FL • 33134 305-648-4999. http://thedomebar.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 06:11
Serendipity 3 opens restaurant on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 05:43

New York City import, Serendipity 3 — the first Serendipity started out in a basement in Manhattan’s upper east side in the 1950’s — has opened a full-scale restaurant with a menu of more than 50 dishes prepared by Executive Chef Chad Ellis and a bar.

At Serendipity, which means “the art of finding the pleasantly unexpected by chance or sagacity,” you’ll find starters like Wagyu Kobe Beef Sliders, Chicken Satay, Lettuce Wraps and Tropical Tuna Tacos. Entrees run the gamut from gourmet hand-tossed pizzas and towering burgers to Florida Black Grouper with a panzanella salad, “Drop Your Skirt Steak Frites,” and Fried Chicken & Waffles.  There are many “Sobe Fit”   dishes, perfect for the bikini conscious South Beach diner, or those who are saving the calories for the larger than life desserts such as the out of this world “Frozzzen Hot Chocolate.”

Stepping up where NYC stopped is the 20-foot bar, stocked with a full selection of liquor and numerous choices for signature cocktails, wine and Champagne. The ambiance is relaxed yet sophisticated  with an Alice in Wonderland charm, stained glass windows and Tiffany-esque chandeliers.

Serendipity 3,  1102 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-403-2210.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 16:32
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 10 of 22
Home   Advertise   Subscribe   Privacy Policy   About Us   Contact Us   Copyrights

©The South Florida Gourmet
5410 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Tel: 305-975-1425 

RocketTheme Joomla Templates