Meat Market has opened its newest location in Palm Beach.   The 3,000-square-foot restaurant  with a high-energy bar scene offers a variety of settings   – from the lavish dining room and bustling bar to the chic, upscale lounge.

The innovative cocktails and standout culinary creations from Meat Market chef/co-owner Sean Brasel, offers the favorite Meat Market classics, a stylish Crudo Bar with raw bar items and signature Meat Market sauces as well as charcuterie and cheese selections.

Meat Market Palm Beach is open Sunday – Thursday from 4 p.m. – midnight; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Lunch to launch later this year.   191 Bradley Place. Telephone: (561) 354-9800;

The new Prohibition restaurant and speakeasy with dark wood floors, rich orange leather banquettes, exposed brick and a sign announcing that the “good old days are back” harkens back to the good old  1920s and 1930s, an era known for its style, appeal, prosperity and wild youth.

The menu created by owner and restaurateur Shawn Shanazi offers an array of both small and large plates with favorites likeTruffle Pasta (Sachetti stuffed with ricotta and truffle in a parmesan fondue); Hamachi Crudo (Jalapeño, sea salt and light ponzu); Char- Grilled Octopus (with sautéed corn, celery, cherry tomatoes, and baby fondant potatoes in our signature caper and olive relish); Wagyu Skirt Steak (12oz Skirt Steak served with scallion green rice and Chimichurri sauce); Seared Scallops (served with truffle potato sauce, crispy corn, bacon and spinach) and among many others. The cocktail menu is a throwback to the classics, featuring quintessential libations including the ‘sidecar,’ ‘old fashioned’ and ‘mojito.’

The second floor is a cozy speakeasy (lounge) “THE EIGHTEENTH," named after the Eighteenth Amendment which established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States by declaring the production, transport and sale of alcohol illegal.  The space is open for events, celebrations, music,  late night cocktails and after dinner drinks and dancing.

Prohibition Miami is open for dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – midnight, 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and closed on Sundays.  3404 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127, . (305) 431-9199

Cantina La Veinte by Mexico City-based Cinbersol Group –hospitality firm for high-end dining – opened its first U.S. outpost in Miami.  Located in downtown Miami’s Icon Brickell, the new waterfront restaurant and bar was designed by Mexican architectural firm Niz + Chauvet. The 450-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar with gorgeous views of Brickell Key and Biscayne Bay, pays homage to the Mexican Art Deco style, while maintaining the distinct décor of a traditional Mexican Cantina  in which the bar plays a pivotal role.

At the helm of Cantina’s kitchen is Executive Chef Santiago Gomez, a native of Mexico who has a passion for authentic Mexican cuisine with a playful, eclectic twist. He worked at NOBU, both in Miami and Mexico City where Alberto Cinta – CEO & Co-Founder of Cinbersol Group – discovered his talent and hired him to work as sous chef for the hospitality firm’s Thai/Japanese concept, Erawan. Since then, Gomez has worked with Cinbersol in multiple concepts and capacities including being named executive chef of Piso 51 – a fine dining restaurant in Mexico City – and eventually becoming Corporate Chef of Cantina La Numero 20’s multiple locations in Polanco, El Angel and Santa Fe, MX. Looking to further sharpen his cooking skills, he went to New York City in 2012 and did a stint at the critically-acclaimed restaurant, DANIEL by renowned chef Daniel Boulud. Now, at Cantina La Veinte in Miami, Cinbersol’s first U.S. restaurant, Gomez delivers a deliciously diverse menu of authentic Mexican food incorporating whimsical touches.

At Cantina Veinte,  Gomez serves up authentic dishes from south of the border. Diners can choose from Seafood Appetizers, Ceviches and Aguachiles or Earthy Appetizers, starters from the land. Dishes include Almejas Chocolata Rasuradas (MP) – raw clams served with Maggi-lime caviar and chopped red onion; Chicharrón De Rib Eye ($23) – fried rib eye chunks served with guacamole; and Dobladitas De Jaiba Suave ($21) – crunchy soft shell crab, served in flour tortillas with jalapeño sauce.

In true Mexican fashion, Stuffed Chiles include Güero ($12) – chile Güero stuffed with smoked fish ceviche, served over passion fruit coulis; Pasilla ($12) – Pasilla chile filled with duck confit in a tamarind-mezcal sauce; and Escamoles (MP) – Chile Poblano filled with escamoles and sautéed with butter, garlic, white wine, olive oil and epazote leaves. Main Dishes feature Callo De Hacha Sellados Con Arroz Poblano ($35) – seared scallops atop creamy poblano rice with sautéed mushrooms and truffle oil; and Langostinos Al Mojo De Ajo (MP) – giant prawns sautéed with garlic-lime butter. Also on offer is fresh daily Fish, done-your-way with a choice of A La Talla – dried chili-mayo mix; Cilantro – cilantro sauce with serrano chile, jalapeno and lime juice; or Adobo – chile guajillo sauce. Carnivores can delight in Dry Age Rib Eye Angus (MP) – with sugar cane-chile crust and a 3-chile sauce; or Filete Arriero ($32) – grilled beef fillet with sautéed onions and serrano in a Maggi-lime sauce. Rounding out the menu are Desserts such as Ate Con Queso De La No. 20 ($9) – baked wonton with quince paste and blue cheese ice cream and Trufas de Chocolate ($10) with mezcal and hibiscus powder. An essential part of Cantina’s gastronomic experience is the restaurant’s bar and cocktail program, which features a massive selection of over 260 tequilas and mezcals, considered one of the largest in the U.S.

Cantina La Veinte has its own upscale Mercado adjacent to the outdoor dining area, offering prepared foods, imported Mexican ingredients, charcuterie, fresh baked bread, caviar, wines, and horchatas – a traditional rice-based Mexican beverage.

Cantina La Veinte is located at 495 Brickell Avenue at the Icon Brickell.  Open for lunch and dinner Monday – Wednesday, noon until midnight; Thursday – Saturday, noon – 1 a.m.  Sunday Brunch is served from noon – 5 p.m. and the restaurant is closed for dinner on Sundays. Mercado hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Discounted valet parking available. Telephone: (786) 623-6135.

najat head shotThe Coral Gables dining scene is going to get a lot more interesting come October/November 2014 with the opening of Piripi, at 320 San Lorenzo Avenue at the Village of Merrick Park.  Piripi, Spanish slang for “happy”, “tipsy” or “feeling a little bit buzzed” according to restaurant owner Gus Abalo, will bring Spanish-Basque chef  Najat Kaanache to Miami.

Of Moroccan descent, Chef Najat was born and raised in San Sebastian and enjoyed a career as a Spanish television actress and activist, before deciding to attend culinary school and follow her passion to the world of gastronomy.  She honed her skills at Michelin 3 stars Noma, French Laundry, Per Se and Alinea alongside Rene Redzepi, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal and Martin Berasetegui, spending the final two years at El Bulli working directly with Ferran Adria until the restaurant closed.

At Piripi, Chef Najat will prepare homespun, authentic Spanish cuisine in a spectacular setting that will seat 200 inside and out, with a marriage of rustic accents and sleek contemporary design from Candela & Partners.  The menu will include Chef Najat’s take on the standards – with heavy emphasis on seafood, as well as a selection of “lively” tapas and paellas.

The prominent central bar will feature fabulous Spanish wines by the glass as well as a great selection of “gin tonics.” Standout design elements include a beautiful wine wall and a spectacular 20 foot blown glass chandelier hanging in the bar/lounge area that is currently being produced in Seattle by master glass blower Ryan Blythe, a disciple of internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Piripi will also feature an intimate semi-private Chef’s dining room, delivering “fanciful” and “immersive” dining experiences for 10-12 special guests.

To help her make culinary magic in Miami, Chef Najat is calling upon her vast network of colleagues from the world’s finest restaurants, with a wine list created by Spanish sommelier Ferran Centelles, who spent thirteen years at El Bullí.  Says Chef Najat, “You are only as talented as those with whom you surround yourself.  In hospitality it is all about the team.”


Carrabba’s Italian Grill® is putting the finishing touches on its newest restaurant at 9231 W. Flagler Street in the Fontainebleau Shopping Plaza. The new 5500-square-foot Carrabba’s   features an open kitchen, a relaxed and casual dining room and bar with family tables, a modern Italian bar and patio dining.

The menu includes dishes baked in a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, as well as the signature dishes.

To help serve the community, Carrabba’s Italian Grill® has hired 120 area residents to join the Carrabba’s team.

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