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Mignonette, another Oyster Bar, opens in South Wynwood PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

 Food blogger Ryan Roman, of, has partnered with Blue Collar chef-owner Danny Serfer to open Mignonette, a New Orleans-inspired oyster restaurant and bar, located in a converted gas station in what is becoming and extension of Wynwood.

On the menu: fresh oysters from both coasts ($32/dozen), served with the traditional shallot-and-vinegar-based sauce, or prepared in different manners (i.e. oyster Rockefeller). The menu lists appetizers ($8 – $12) like crab cakes, fried conch, po’-boy sandwiches and salads, and seafood towers and Russian caviar ($55-$110). Entrées list local fish,  burgers and other meat dishes ($15-$36). There are sides ($6): vegetables and mac and cheese, and a reasonable selection of wines and craft beers.

Mignonette is open for lunch and dinner daily, happy hour 5:30-7 p.m. daily, free parking. 210 NE 18th St., Miami , 305-374-4635,

The Traymore Gin Bar now open for Happy Hour, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:35

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at the newly opened Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, has debuted a Happy Hour at The Traymore Gin Bar in time for the upcoming holiday season.  The Traymore Gin Bar offers more than 40 imported gins from around the world and is considered the first of its kind in Miami Beach.

Head bartender of The Traymore Gin Bar, Jack Araque, together with Executive Chef Jonathan Lane have created a food and beverage happy hour bar menu 5:00pm and 7:00pmseven days a week, with Bar Bite Specials such as a Cuban Sandwich ($7), Chicken Croquettes ($8) and Florida Tomate Basil Bruschetta ($8). Drink specials include Signature Cocktails for $10 each; Select Wines by the glass for $8 and House Liquor for $8. A special selection of domestic and imported beers and spirits are also available and discounted valet parking also applies for restaurant guests.  

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.   305-695-3600,

Stripsteak by Michael Mina opens at Fontainebleau Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:29

STRIPSTEAK by Chef Michael Mina has opened at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach where Gotham Steak used to be.

Created by Michael Mina and executed by chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, the vast menu runs the gamut between specials that go far beyond traditional steakhouse fare, a bounty of meats and fish prepared on the wood-burning grill and an expansive raw bar.

The two-story, 12,000 square feet, 350-seat indoor-outdoor venue  with a bamboo-enclosed poolside patio, evokes the rich, stylish   elegance of the Art Deco era coupled with a high-energy open kitchen and several convivial cocktail bars.   .

Stripsteak is open Sunday – Thursday from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. – midnight. The lounge is open Sunday – Thursday from 6 p.m. – midnight; Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. A DJ will be onsite Thursday – Saturday. 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Miami, FL 33140 inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach directly off the Chateau lobby. (877) 326-7412 .

Patricia Yeo new Executive Chef At Khong River House, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 22:59

John Kunkel, founder of Miami-based restaurant group 50 Eggs, Inc., has appointed Patricia Yeo as Executive Chef at Khong River House (1661 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.763.8147).

Born in Malaysia, Yeo has lived in Britain and the United States, and has traveled around much of Southeast Asia throughout her impressive culinary career.  While studying biophysics at Princeton University, Yeo enrolled in a cooking class at the New York Restaurant School, and from that point on, immersed herself in an international culinary career.  She has worked with acclaimed chefs including Bobby Flay and Chinese cooking scholar Barbara Tropp. She went on to run several acclaimed restaurants, including AZ in New York City, which received three stars from The New York Times; Pazo and Sapa, also in New York City; and Ginger Park in Boston.

Yeo is a renowned cookbook author, with the AZ-inspired Cooking From A to Z with Patricia Yeo and Everyday Asian. Yeo also competed in Season 4 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and most recently worked with Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You as the brand’s Creative Director.

At Khong River House, Yeo brings her personal experience growing up in and traveling around Southeast Asia to the menu, using fresh techniques and a market-driven approach to ingredients.  Sourcing from local purveyors and using Florida seafood in order to provide guests with the freshest ingredients and flavors possible, Yeo’s menu includes Khong classics  as well as brand new menu items rotating according to season and availability.  Yeo has also put her own spin on several house favorites, including Northern Thai Beef Jerky, which is now dried in a traditional preparation for a crispy, satisfying texture; and the Cambodian Yellow Curry.  Among Yeo’s initial additions to the menu are Duck Confit & Chinese Sausage Fried Rice; Golden Shrimp & Crab Dumpling; Silk Road Lamb Kofta and Lemongrass-Cured Salmon with Salsa Verde and Lemon Gelée.

Since opening in December 2012, Khong River House has earned several accolades, including a semifinalist nomination for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award’s Best New Restaurant.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:00
Graspa Group opens Midtown Oyster Bar PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 21:21


oysterbar_031The restaurant management company, Graspa Group, that created Salumeria 104 in the heart of Midtown Miami, in now opening Midtown Oyster Bar, a space with a cozy dining room and an elegant patio, comfortable furnishings, soothing warm tones and a softly lit bar.

Midtown Oyster Bar is a collaboration between Chef-operators Angelo Masarin, Carlo Donadoni, Chef-operator of Spuntino Bakery & Catering and Graziano Sbroggió, who brings his extensive experience in operating restaurants at Graspa Group.

Chef Angelo Masarin, has put together a menu of New England favorites, with a touch of Italian influence.  Inspired by the ocean, the menu focuses on oysters and a raw bar, fresh seafood, lobsters and stone crabs, all sourced from the best quality providers. The menu will change seasonally accordingly to availability. Some of the specialties will include Ipswich clams, scampi crudi, lobster rolls and more.

The 500-square-foot dining room includes a raw bar visible from the outside and an atmosphere with nautical accents and colors. The patio will offer additional seating to enjoy the Midtown vibe.

Graspa Group currently owns and manages five locations in Miami which will increase to eight by the end of 2014, including the re-opening of TiramesU in its new South of Fifth location and a second location for Segafredo Espresso in Bayside Market Place slated to open in December 2014.

Midtown Oyster Bar, 3301 NE 1st Ave., Suite 103-1, Miami, FL 33137. 786-220-2070.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 21:22
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