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JAGUAR CEVICHE SPOON BAR AND LATAM GRILL OPENS IN COCONUT
The newest kid on the block's name refers to one common denominator in Latin America: the jaguar (the quadruped, not the car); and the multiplicity of foods characteristic of different regions, ethnicities and countries in the southern hemisphere. The four partners in the Jaguar Restaurant Group are veteran restaurateur Eduardo Durazo, his nephew Chef Oscar Del Rivero, a Johnson and Wales graduate who worked previously at the Delano, The Palms and Talula and interned with Dawn Sieber in Key Largo; his brother-in-law Eduardo Del Rivero, and long-time friend David Quintero. The jaguar centered décor is by artist Dionisio Ceballos who reproduced Frida Kahlo's work for the Salma Hayek film "Frida" in 2002, and by Monica Valenzuela who combined the frescoes with soft red and yellow stucco walls, to create a lively and warm atmosphere for the 200-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant. The well-furbished bar at the entrance offers a good selection of wines by the glass and specialty cocktails, as well as a choice of freshly-made ceviches -- from the traditional Peruvian recipes and its Mexican counterpart to Oriental fin Tuna Ceviche -- served "by the spoon"(all $1.75). "You have to have a sense of how to mix and match foods from different cultures," said "Lalo" Durazo. The menu offers sharing portions of appetizers such as Mexican Tortilla Lasagna and empanadas of cochinita pibi, and a good choice of grilled meats ($14 to $29) , chicken, prepared fish and seafood dishes such as Fresh snapper Jarocho ($17) and shrimp trio ($22) with a variety of sauces ranging from the Argentine chimichurri and the Chilean pebre to roasted tomatillo salsa and the Cuban pico de gallo. Entrée salads include Tuna Peruvian style ($10.95) with corn, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, baby greens tomatoes, olives and a lemon-cilantro vinaigrette, and the "Mexican Corner"features chicken and 3 cheese quesadillas ($10.95); Mexico City Taqueria Platter ($17) which is a chopped sirloin steak served on a cast iron skillet with black bean, rice and tacos meant for sharing. Desserts (all $7.50) span the continent with cheesecake con dulce de leche; flan de queso; bread pudding 3 leches, palomas de cajeta, Key lime Tequila brulee and chocolate cake. Lunch specials (all items $8.95) are served until 2:30 p.m. Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill is open 7 days for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.. 3067 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. 305-444-0216.


LA CUISINE GOURMET OPENS IN CORAL GABLES
Coral Gables is going gourmet-crazy with the new 3000 square-feet La Cuisine Gourmet, slated to open on May 18th. The owners are partners Josu Gaubeka from Venezuela who comes with the experience of three gourmet stores of the same name in Caracas, Venezuela, Andrew Hermann, and the San Diego- based corporation Change International. La Cuisine Gourmet is a specialty retailer of high-end kitchen appliances, utensils, cookware, silverware, china with a corner for specialty foods such as olive oils, foie gras, cured meats and olives, marmalades and more. "We will have a cooking school for classes between 25 and 35 people with paid cooking classes and free cooking demonstrations everything day,"said Mr. Gaubeka who is planning on adding wine accessories, wine appreciation classes, and a wine boutique. La Cuisine Gourmet, 50 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. 305-442-9006.

SHORE RESTAURANT AND BEACH BAR SLATED TO OPEN IN MAY IN DELRAY BEACH
Slated to open this coming May, Shore Restaurant and Beach Bar on one of the hottest locations in Delray Beach, the corner of Atlantic Avenue and A1A, is restaurateur David Manero's latest creation. "Shore will not only offer great food and service,"said Mr. Manero, "the atmosphere is going to be fun and comfortable with a stylish décor and great nightlife. A 'happening place,'" he added. The décor of the 230-seat indoor and outdoor restaurant is by interior designer and wife Lynn Manero - who also designed sister restaurant Gotham City -- with Brazilian walnut floors, outdoor columns covered in custom-carved river stones and a patio with a wrap-around bar shaded by three white "Cirque du Soleil" type canopies. The kitchen will be in the hand of executive chef Paul Griffin, of Gotham Grill, who will be replaced there by Chef Pierre Vieu. Chef Griffin's menu include the Shore Fish Platter; a Raw Bar with shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, clams on the half shell and oyster shooters; fresh steamers and fried clams; the classic Clam Bake - Clams, Mussels & Lobster Pot; and his signature Maine Lobster Roll. The menu offerings range from sterling silver steaks to the "don't miss" Kobe beef sliders. Dessert selections will include tempura banana split and cool-flavored snow cones, with and without alcohol. Shore Restaurant and Beach Bar will be open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Corner of Atlantic Avenue and A1A, Delray Beach. (561) 278-7878.

AFTERNOON TEA AT MONTEA IN CORAL GABLES
You don't have to fly to England for a traditional tea. Montea is now serving afternoon tea seven days a week, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. ($15.99) with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, cheeses of your choice and high end teas. The store also offers lunch and light dinners, local delivery and catering services. Montea is open daily for breakfast lunch and dinner from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekedays and till 10:30 p.m. on weekends. 256 Miracle Mile, 305-648-9802 or 648-9804.















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