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Here are restaurants opening during Winter 2015/2016 in Miami to add to your list.

Thali Platter jaya at setai

The Thali Platter at Jaya at The Setai

Jaya at The Setai, Miami Beach {2001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.520.6400}
The award-winning Setai, known for its warm hospitality and landmark historical hotel setting, revealed a new restaurant concept in the fall of 2015: Jaya, a modern Asian-inspired restaurant. Chef Mathias Gervais announced the new concept shortly after winning Food Network’s hit cooking show “Chopped” on the episode entitled, “Viewer’s Choice Baskets.” Jaya is a sure win, too, thanks to its vibrant and exciting flavors centered around Asian spices and regional influences from Japan, China, India, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand. The menu reintroduces favorites from The Setai (Dumplings, Naan, and Peking Duck, to name a few) in artfully plated dishes designed for sharing.

Pléthore & Balthazar {101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.672.6624}
Located on the first floor of the exclusive Hilton Bentley hotel, Pléthore & Balthazar (P&B) has quickly become one of Miami Beach’s most talked- about new restaurants. The concept is the brainchild of Fabien Chalard, an acclaimed French restaurateur who has successfully opened several restaurants throughout France (including the original P&B in Lyon). For the Miami location, Chalard partnered with Executive Chef Diego Amat Lopez to serve authentic French cuisine with a Spanish touch accompanied by exceptional customer service. Whether visiting for an after-work cocktail, a business power lunch, or a romantic dinner for two, diners can expect a welcoming atmosphere where they feel right at home. Given the hotel’s location on the southernmost tip of South Beach, P&B offers a specialized beach menu to complement the exclusive beach club, which includes cabanas, beach butlers, VIP services, and more.

Elia Gourmet {900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 786.558.3542}
The coming months will be an exciting time for Elia Gourmet, which has been a neighborhood favorite in Downtown Miami for the last three years, serving up excellent Greek food in a casual environment. Drawing on its success, the restaurant has decided to move from its location at 888 Biscayne Boulevard to a larger space in the building just next door. The new location will be just steps from the future Miami Worldcenter and Museum of Science. In addition, Elia Gourmet is in the process of opening a new location in the heart of Key Biscayne, just around the corner from The Ritz-Carlton. The restaurant also expects to open its Coconut Grove location, which has been delayed due to construction, and is in the process of finishing its build-out for a commercial kitchen in the Wynwood, where it will be producing its own line of Mediterranean products.

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

Cibo Fort Lauderdale

Cibo Wine Bar {4100 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 754.900.2426}
With highly successful locations in Coral Gables and South Beach, it’s only natural that Cibo Wine Bar, created by Toronto-based Liberty Entertainment Group, opens its third South Florida location in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. All Cibo locations have been certified with the “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana,” which is awarded by the Italian government to restaurants outside of Italy that meet the highest standards of Italian authenticity across a number of categories, such as menu options, food quality, and restaurant design. The Fort Lauderdale location will be no exception. The menu emphasizes a traditional homemade approach to Italian cuisine and has been praised for its fresh, made-in-house pastas and signature pizzas, not to mention its extensive award-winning wine selection. Like the dishes themselves, the restaurant has been designed to evoke a sense of unpretentious sophistication and elegant rusticity. The new space will incorporate the design elements that distinguish the Cibo brand, including an open-concept kitchen, a glass-enclosed wine room, and original artwork throughout.

Komodo {801 Brickell Avenue, Miami; 305.534.2211}
In late 2015, Komodo will open its doors in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood. The brainchild of David Grutman—the powerhouse owner behind Miami Beach’s LIV and Story nightclubs—Komodo is a three-story, 17,000-square- foot indoor/outdoor eatery and lounge designed with Grutman’s trademark style and energy. Inspired by the Komodo dragon and its namesake islands, the cuisine features Southeast Asian flavors with a South Florida vibe. Working with restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow (of China Grill fame), Grutman’s goal for Komodo is to re-energize the Miami dining scene. “I’ve spent the last several years looking for the perfect location to create a restaurant in Miami that combines quality dining and a great entertainment experience,” Grutman says. Komodo’s design will highlight five exterior floating bird nests designed by internationally renowned design firm, Dedon, with teak, stone, and bamboo elements for a playful treehouse feel. Whether guests are seated inside or out, Komodo’s warm and welcoming design is meant to stimulate the senses. Komodo will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, with happy hour starting at 4pm.



Bazi {1200 Collins Avenue, Miami; 305.695.0101}
It’s a beautiful thing when ingredients come together to create the perfect dish. This is the case with Bazi, where culinary superstars Michael Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky set up shop in the newly revamped Marlin Hotel to create a Far East dining experience like no other. The setting is Asian-themed and cozy, with a bar area at the entrance, romantic fine dining one level down, and a secluded private dining nook on the upper level. The menu spans much of Asia, snatching up the best goodies from every corner. Edamame Dumplings—a good way to start—are sweet and savory with shallots, mushrooms, and pea greens; and Cantonese-style Florida Shrimp bathe in ginger, chives, and Shaoxing wine. Main courses include a Whole Fried Local Snapper, Peking Duck for two, a grass-fed Rib-Eye, and Short Rib Chow Fun with snow peas, red peppers, and pea tendrils. This hotel restaurant is likely to serve equal parts locals and tourists.

GK Bistronomie {218 Northwest 25th Street, Miami; 786.477.5151}
Wynwood’s dining scene is hotter than ever, and it’s no coincidence that the acclaimed Chef Rafael Perez has chosen this neighborhood to showcase his talent. The venue is spacious and lofty with high ceilings, an open kitchen, and walls adorned with art. The menu is Peruvian with global influences and an abundance of fresh seafood dishes. Presented with a whimsical artistic style, tiraditos and ceviches burst with color, flavor, and texture. A bright dish of Cherrywood-Smoked Shrimp is served with heirloom tomatoes, cilantro, and citrus, while Foie Gras is paired with pineapple and scallions. There are many not-to-miss dishes here, including the Pan-Seared Black Grouper with shrimp, octopus, clams, an organic free-range egg, and quinoa in a seafood broth. Supremely elevated world-class cuisine with a casual setting in Miami’s hippest neighborhood? Yes, please.

Ni.Do Caffe & Mozzarella Bar {11052 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores; 786.953.5120}
Imagine you’re at a friend’s home for dinner. Now imagine that home just happens to be somewhere in Italy—Venice perhaps. This is exactly what it’s like to dine at Ni.Do. Caffe in Miami Shores, the second outpost of the acclaimed Italian eatery that has graced Miami’s MiMo district for the past five years. The unassuming new location on the corner of 110th Street and Biscayne Boulevard may seem arbitrary (don’t expect much else within walking distance), but that’s precisely its charm. This cozy restaurant, where flowers adorn the wooden tables and framed photographs of Italy hang on the walls, invites you in to dine as if you were family. Helming the kitchen is the humble Chef Claudio Sandri, who has been recognized by the Italian Culinary Federation as a “Master Chef,” and appeared on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” Using only the freshest ingredients available, his menu features Italian staples such as pizza and pasta along with hard-to-pass-up offerings from the Mozzarella Bar. Tuesdays are seafood days, when various fish are air-shipped directly from the Mediterranean; your selection will be prepared in the kitchen, then filleted and plated at your table, head intact— just as Nonna might have done.

N BY NAOE {661 Brickell Key Drive, Miami; 305.947.6263}
Acclaimed Chef Kevin Cory has opened the doors to N by NAOE in an intimate space just next door to NAOE. This new reservation-only concept serves lunch and dinner, accommodating two to 16 guests gathered around a community table. The simple, savory cuisine consists of lightly cooked vegetables and thin slices of Japanese beef quickly swished in a hot kelp stock—a practice called “shabu-shabu.” Once again, Chef Cory brings a new dimension to dining in Miami.

Not to Miss


Scenes from the 2015 SOBEFEST

South Beach Wine & Food Festival – February 24-28
For five days only, the culinary world’s most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, food critics, and TV personalities will descend upon Miami for the 15th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. Recently named the No. 1 food and restaurant industry event in the U.S. by BizBash for the third year in a row, this culinary extravaganza remains one of the city’s most beloved events of the year.

From February 24-28, the SOBEFEST tents will return to the sands of South Beach, welcoming back favorite foodie events such as the Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach tasting hosted by Giada De Laurentiis and the mega-popular Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray. Other festival staples, including Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best event at the Fontainebleau hotel, will also be taking place throughout the city.

In addition to the classics, this year’s SOBEFEST will introduce a number of brand-new events, including the Taste Fort Lauderdale series, which marks the first time that the festival has expanded into Broward County. Kicking off the series is Seaside Eats, hosted by the star of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” and “Chopped: Impossible,” Robert Irvine. The event will feature 15 of South Florida’s best chefs at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for a walk-around tasting accompanied by pours from Château d’Esclans and Marqués de Riscal.

Other new festival events include the Exploring Israel Dinner hosted by chefs Ashley Christensen, Alon Shaya, Michael Solomonov, and Zak “The Baker” Stern at the Rok Family Shul Chabad Downtown Jewish Center; Fireman Derek’s Midnight Breakfast hosted by Sports Illustrated cover model and soon-to-be cookbook author, Chrissy Teigen; CroquetaMania hosted by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; and Sweet 15: A Dessert Party hosted by Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman at the iconic Versace Mansion.

With so much happening, it’s best to visit the festival’s website where you can search for your favorite restaurant or culinary personality and see the events in which they’ll be participating. Or, you can search for events based on your preference. Do you enjoy grand tasting affairs in the tents on the sand? Do you prefer intimate chef dinners? Maybe you’re looking for some late-night parties—or ones that are kid-friendly? All this and more is right at your fingertips. Tickets are on sale now.



Never a dull moment this fall with restaurant openings galore and Miami Spice all at once! Here’s the scoop on Miami restaurant openings, recent and forthcoming.

Wapo Taco! {2526 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables; 786.452.9634}
Hallandale Beach residents’ favorite Mexican restaurant has found a second South Florida home in Coral Gables. The cool and casual taqueria, whose motto is fittingly, “For the Love of Tacos,” was brought to the U.S. by way of Mexico City and boasts an authentic menu of family recipes. Just like its original location, which pioneered “tacos al carbon,” Wapo Taco! cooks meats on a charcoal grill, corn tortillas come fresh from the comal griddle, and salsas are made in-house daily using only the freshest ingredients. Choice menu items include the Campechano Taco—a combination of skirt steak, chorizo, and crispy pork chicharrón grilled with salsa especial; and the Pastor Tacos— meat marinated in a mixture of spices, slowly roasted and sabered from the spit, and topped with pineapple, onions, and cilantro.

Libar Steakhouse {900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 786.376.8660} 
Located on the ground floor of the exclusive 900 Biscayne luxury condominium building, Libar Steakhouse is one of Downtown Miami’s newest culinary masterpieces. Colombian-born entrepreneur and chef Brian Aaron (the man behind the successful catering company, Aaron’s Catering) will take the helm. Based on Aaron’s successful track record as both a chef and businessman, guests can expect Libar to execute a high-quality dining experience from the get-go. “It is an incredible opportunity to showcase modern styles of cooking and presentations where quality, taste, and service are the number one priorities,” says Aaron. “The attitude is to make it playful … to make simple dishes taste extraordinary.”

Elia Gourmet {3300 Mary Street, Coconut Grove; 305.377.3400}
Miami’s dynamic Coconut Grove neighborhood is getting a new tenant: Elia Gourmet. Coconut Grove is seeing an influx of new restaurant talent, and Elia is no exception. Its sister restaurant downtown is known for its Mediterranean and Greek cuisine such as moussaka, kebabs, pastitsio (imported Greek pasta, hearty meat sauce, and béchamel cream), and yemista (stuffed peppers with rice and seasoned ground turkey). Now, Miami residents have a new way to get their Greek on.

Red Ginger

Red Ginger {736 First Street, Miami Beach; 305.433.6876}
Like a bright, tasty pop of pickled ginger, Red Ginger—South Beach’s newest Southeast Asian fusion concept—is tickling taste buds all over the neighborhood. Opened by Menin Hospitality, Red Ginger is stationed in the South of Fifth district just a stone’s throw from the beach and neighboring Radio Bar. Top Chef Master Herbert Wilson mans the kitchen as executive chef, delivering a menu with high-end sushi selections, binchotan charcoal robata grill creations, and omakase feasts. With 136 seats, the space is both roomy and intimate, designed to resemble an ancient Cambodian temple with marble flooring and hand-carved wood panels. Order off the family-style menu for fried rice, curry, and soups; meatballs, short rib, and filet; and sushi or sashimi omakase at three different price points. Add a sip of rare aged Japanese whisky to round out your experience.

Chef Bee Oishi Thai

Chef Bee

Naiyara {1854 Bay Road, Miami Beach; 305.947.4338}
Naiyara will sound its arrival in the fall of 2015, bringing with it elegant yet approachable Thai street fare and sushi to the hungry public. Chef Piyarat Arreeratn—nicknamed “Chef Bee”—is behind this much-anticipated new restaurant, named after his daughter (and translating to “little elephant”). The 120-seat restaurant will be adorned with vibrant colors, elephant- themed art, and authentic Thai decorations, recalling Chef Bee’s home in Thailand. The menu will incorporate street fare dishes and sushi inspired by Bee’s homeland and his mother’s cooking—savory curries like Chicken Khao Soi and Massaman, flavorful beef with yellow sticky rice, Mu Yang rotisserie pork, and fresh papaya salad, along with delicate toro and salmon, to name a few. This spot will feature happy hour deals both early and late, serving until 4am Thursday through Saturday.

Craft Social Club {100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.123.7891}
Led by restaurant industry veterans LP Steele (former marketing director representing Bacardi USA and Diageo), RT Murphy (former GM of EMM Group), and Evan Hawkins (former head bartender at Marquee NYC), Craft Social Club promises to be Miami’s next “it” destination. But what sets this cool lounge apart from numerous others that have come and gone in SoBe? We’d have to say it’s the unique beverage program, complete with an open-air “Cocktail Kitchen,” which allows guests to watch their drinks being prepared from scratch. It’s also the “Cocktail Suites,” which feature built-in service bars that allow for a VIP tableside experience like no other. A series of small bites complements the innovative cocktail program, including Tequila Ceviche Shooters; Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sliders; and a variety of Brooklyn Hot Dog Co. Sliders.

HYDE beach kitchen + cocktails

HYDE beach kitchen + cocktails

Hyde Beach Kitchen & Cocktails {111 South Surf Road, Hallandale Beach; 954.699.0901}
Hitting Hallandale in the summer of 2015, the newest Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails invites you to relax with inspiring food, drink, and entertainment. Set on the sand in this up-and-coming neighborhood just north of Miami, Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails encompasses 10,000 square feet over three levels, including three full-service bars, private dining spaces and meeting rooms, a boutique retail store—even valet parking. The beachside main floor welcomes guests with delightful bites, fresh juices, and a rejuvenating spa, while one level above offers a rooftop restaurant serving New American cuisine by Chef Danny Elmaleh. On the third floor? Member-exclusive pool, lounge, bar, and cabanas for the ultimate in relaxation. Social dining options and outdoor patio spaces can be booked for private events.

Visa-o1 {1680 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.397.8189}
Tucked in a tiny corner of an office building, Visa-O1 is the epitome of a hidden gem; this mouthwatering pizza place is well worth the hunt. The concept behind this modern, trendy spot is the O1 visa itself—reserved for “individuals with extraordinary ability.” In this case, Visa-O1 is extraordinarily able to make salads and, of course, pizza like the Star Luca, a star-shaped pizza covered in pepperoni, mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, and the star feature—a crust filled with ricotta cheese. After all that savory delight, satisfy your sweet tooth with Visa-O1’s sought-after Nutella Pizza. Do yourself a favor and get to this extraordinary spot.

La Boulangerie {20475 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura; 305.974.4634} and {1242 Coral Way, Miami; 305.858.1080}
Café enthusiasts of Miami, you are in luck. La Boulangerie, Key Biscayne’s fabulously French bakery and café, recently opened new locations in Aventura and on Coral Way, bringing European-inspired pastries and freshly brewed coffee to two more neighborhoods. Guests can sip on a latte and nibble on a Guava and Cream Cheese Croissant while taking in La Boulangerie’s bright and airy interiors. With gourmet sandwiches such as Prime Roast Beef with marinated artichoke and Parmesan cheese, these cafés are not only for breakfast lovers, but anyone with a craving for French fare. C’est magnifique!

9beach miami


9Beach Fusion Kitchen & Lounge Bar {1628 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 786.717.7174}
The glamourous beaches of Tel Aviv and the hard rock opulence of Camden, London recently came together for a dining and nightlife experience like no other in South Beach. Opened in July, 9beach fusion kitchen & lounge bar is the first American venture from 9beach Group, whose successes hail from Israel and London. Explore the spacious indoor escape and the 5,000-square-foot outdoor lounge as you soak in live music and nightly DJs, carefully crafted cocktails, and artfully presented Mediterranean fare. Cocktails like the Raspberry Ginger Collins and Coco Nib Old Fashioned beckon for a midday chill or late-night festivities. Expect ornate lion heads, grand chandeliers, and rock lyrics on the walls—all illuminated by Miami sunset lighting. We can’t wait to see what the world of 9beach brings to South Beach.

TiramesU {101 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.532.4538}
The latest buzz in Miami Beach’s exploding South of Fifth neighborhood is the highly anticipated reopening of TiramesU, a South Beach staple for 27 years. The restaurant debuted in 1988 on Ocean Drive and later moved to a prime location on Lincoln Road, where it reigned for 17 years. The Italian restaurant caused a stir when it closed its doors in April of last year, announcing that it would soon reopen in the SoFi district. And now, after a seemingly endless hiatus, the time has finally come for it to reemerge— bigger and better than ever. Since the Lincoln Road location closing, Chef Fabrizio Pintus has traveled throughout Italy, immersing himself in some of the best and most popular kitchens in the Lombardy region. He will offer a new and improved menu featuring the same authentic Italian flavors with a fun, contemporary twist.