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La Gloutonnerie opens in South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:28

La Gloutonnerie is now open for business in the space formerly occupied by Au Pied de Cochon.

The menu is classic French, with modern twists and refinement—a chilled raw bar welcomes you to accompany your first glass of Champagne, and a terrine of foie gras is served with chutney and fennel. Prices run from $11 - $55,

La Gloutonnerie, 81 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, (305)583-3811, http://www.gloutonnerie.com,

Fourth Yard House opens in Boca Raton PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:07


yard houseWith nearly 200 new employees in place, the ovens fired up in the exhibition kitchen, hundreds of full kegs stacked atop one another, and 140 taps encircling the island bar, the 11,500 square feet, 532- seats indoor and outdoor, Yard House is opening its fourth South Florida location at 201 Plaza Real, Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
The American fusion menu features more than 130 items, 100-250 taps of draft beer, and a continuous playlist of classic and contemporary rock.  The new location at Mizner Park will join Palm Beach Gardens, Hallandale Beach and Coral Gables in creating a quartet of south Florida Yard House restaurants.
“We’ve done very well with Yard House in south Florida,” said Harald Herrmann, president and CEO of Yard House Restaurants.  “We always are able to attract the region’s best and brightest people to join our team, and our guests have helped create a buzz with their word-of-mouth endorsements. ”
The American fusion menu features more than 130 items including soups, salads, sandwiches, street tacos, fresh seafood, pasta and rice dishes, steak and poultry as well as a selection of fresh fish.  Guests can also enjoy an array of gluten-sensitive options as well as vegetarian dishes made with gardein™, a blend of garden vegetables and protein that have the look, taste and texture of beef and poultry.  Yard House also offers a selection of small, shareable plates from its Snacks menu along with a popular Happy Hour where select, full-serving appetizers are offered at half-price.  Happy Hour takes place weekdays Monday-Friday from 3-6pm and late-night Sunday-Wednesday from 10pm until close.   The restaurant’s Kids Klub menu includes an entrée, side dish, beverage and frozen fruit bar for just $6.95.
The Yard House’s calling card is its unique beer system featuring a glass-enclosed Keg Room housing hundreds of steel barrels.   The beer is transported from this location through miles of overhead steel and nylon tubing, which feeds into the 140 taps at the center island bar.  Yard House recently introduced its Chalkboard Beer Series, which features a selection of small, limited releases from mostly craft brewers that rotate frequently keeping the selection both innovative and fresh.  These featured beers are listed on a digital chalkboard prominently displayed above the island bar.
Yard House also has a full bar featuring a list of creative martinis, sake, classic cocktails and a Fresh & Skinny™ menu with a calorie range of 115 to 176 per cocktail.
The Yard House is located at 201 Plaza Real.     561.471.6124 www.yardhouse.com.
Mesa Restaurant brings vibrant Venezuelan cuisine to Coral Gables PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:08

mesaChef/Owner Elida Villaroel and co-owner Adrian Orozco have opened Mesa, a 42-seats indoor and 12-seats outdoor restaurant in the redecorated old Charlotte Bistro space on Miracle Mile, with a shock full of Venezuelan flavors prepared with rigorous French techniques. Chef Elida graduated from the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon France and worked at Michelin star-rated restaurants under luminaries like Michel Bras and Pierre Orsi  before returning to Venezuela to open her first restaurant. Cantalamesa. pretty unique dishes, Latin dishes "grounded in French techniques."  Among them: mackerel with curry orzo and sauteed spinach;

Chef Elida’s menu at Mesa brings together all the elements of her Latin / French background with organic and locally sourced ingredients. The lunch menu changes weekly and offers specials like Mackerel with Curry Orzo and Sautéed Spinach and Vegan Sandwich packed with Portobello Mushroom, Red Bell Pepper, Arugula and Tofu, with the soup of the day or the house salad for $11.95.  The à la carte menu lists Cheese & Charcuterie plates ($12 - $16) and the chef’s signature  Onion soup, ($8) and salads like Watercress Salad topped with Avocado, Heart of Palm and Cherry Tomato ($9) or the Baby Arugula Salad with Apples, Smoked Almonds, Goat Cheese, Fennel and a drizzle of Orange Dressing ($10) . There is Crab Risotto with Truffle Heart of Palm ($12) and Duck Breast coated with Sauté Apples, Honey Raspberry Sauce and Baby Arugula ($13).

In addition to meats and fish entrees the menu lists Calamari stuffed with Red Wine Sofrito and Mussels Sauce ($19) and Pork Loin with a Ginger Apple and Vermouth Rosso Sauce ($22) as well as vegan options like Ratatouille with Portobello Mushroom, Red Bell Pepper Couli, Baby Spinach and Blend Rice ($18) or the Sesame Organic Tofu, stocked with Cilantro Eggplant, Garlic Flowers and Chardonnay Soy Sauce ($14).   Chef Elida excels in desserts like Chocolate Soup  with Coffee Aroma, Butter Tuile, and Coffee Ice Cream, and offers a good selection of wines and Champagnes.

Mesa Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Saturday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm Mesa is also open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 pm. 264 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134, www.mesamiami.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:34
Matthew Oetting is new chef de cuisine at BLT Steak at The Betsy, South Beach PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:36

Jeff Lehman, the general manager at the Betsy Hotel South Beach announced that Matthew Oetting has been named chef de cuisine of BLT Steak.

Oetting, 32, comes to Laurent Tourondel’s modern steakhouse from New York, where he oversaw operations as executive chef for The Trump Soho Hotel.

Born in Albany, Oetting  found his first job at age 15 in a local restaurant while still in high school.  While attending Arizona State University he paid his way through college by working in restaurants for two years, until he enrolled in the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.  An externship brought him to New York’s Union Square Café in 2002; and from there he went onto work at some of the city’s top restaurants including Judson Grill, Barbuto, The Modern, Telepan, STK and Scarpetta before becoming executive chef for The Trump Soho Hotel.

BLT Steak at The Betsy is located in the lobby at 1440 Ocean Drive on South Beach.  Telephone: (305) 673-0044; www.thebetsyhotel.com/dining/blt-steak
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:34
Greek restaurant Estiatorio Milos By Costas Spiliadis opens with Executive chef Sean Bernal, South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 21 May 2012 18:56

The Montreal based Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis (Milos) has opened a location in South Beach – the fifth after New York, Montreal, Athens and Las Vegas.

The 210 seats restaurant with a 20-seat communal table. a 13,000 pound hand-cut marble installation and a floor-to-ceiling, glass encased wine cellar filled with Greek wines (including Cava Spiliadis, a portfolio of six wine makers dedicated to certified sustainable or organic viticulture) has an open kitchen  and a fish market displaying fish and seafood from the Greek islands, Canada and the United States sourced from fisherman and farmers known to chef/owner Costas Spiliadis.  The GM is Michael Reginbogin.

Fish and seafood are served to diners by the pound, allowing them to create their own dishes prepared by Executive chef Sean Bernal — previously executive chef at the Blue Door, Delano and Oceanaire on Brickell — an expert in fresh fish and seafood preparations.

The menu includes signature dishes such as paper-thin sliced zucchini & eggplant paired with kefalograviera cheese & tzatziki; Grilled Octopus  wild Santorini capers, red wine vinegar & olive oil and Grilled Whole Fish from the Mediterranean  olive oil & fresh lemon. Lunch $30;  Dinner $120.

To further the interactive experience,   the Marketa by Costas Spiliadis offers sea salts, spoon sweets along with cheeses and meats from around the world, honey from the small island of Kythira in the Aegean Sea and the restaurants namesake “My Sister’s Olive Oil”, imported from Greece.

Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis is open Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 5 p.m. to 11p.m. ; Friday & Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight; Monday closed, 730 First Street,  Miami Beach,   305.604.6800. www.estiatoriomilos.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 21:07
Spanish restaurant 100 Montaditos opens new location in Pembroke Pines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 21 May 2012 18:14

The Madrid-based Grupo Restalia www.gruporestalia.com chain has opened a 3000 square feet 100 Montaditos restaurant , its largest so far in South Florida, marking the beginning of an expansion into other parts of Florida as well as in other major cities in the USA.
100 Montaditos' Pembroke Pines location will serve 100 varieties of montaditos, traditional Spanish mini-sandwiches served on crunchy, freshly-baked rolls and filled with typical Iberian ingredients such as Serrano ham, Spanish tortilla, chorizo sausage and Iberic cheese on a choice of white, whole wheat or ciabatta rolls — all prices $1 to $3.
The menu includes patatas bravas (potatoes in a spicy red sauce) and olives in addition to potato chip cones, french fries with four dipping sauces (ketchup, salsa brava, ali oli and a mojo marinade) and five varieties of salads paired with Spanish wines and $2 draft beers.
Prices are slashed on Dollarmania Wednesdays, when all montaditos, draft beers and tintos de verano are $1; Thirsty Thursdays, when a draft beer or tinto de verano is $1 with the purchase of a montadito; and Doublefever Fridays, when patrons can grab two five-bottle buckets of Mahou beer for $15.
Pembroke Lakes Mall (11401 Pines Blvd.) 100 Montaditos operates restaurants at 3252 Buena Vista Avenue at Miami's Shops at Midtown, 1502-1504 Washington Avenue in South Beach and 5829 SW 73rd Street in South Miami. Store openings are slated the next few months for Coral Gables, Kendall, Key West, Orlando and the downtown and Brickell areas of Miami.
US corporate offices are located at 1000 Brickell Avenue, Suite 420, Miami, Florida 33131. www.100montaditos.com/us
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.

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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
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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.

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