Miami has a very dynamic food scene to say the least! It seems like every day something opens (and inevitably, something closes), here are five of the very best new restaurants opening this fall in the Magic City.
This restaurant, which was originally slated to open March of 2014, has been a long time coming. Now, its opening is planned for the end of September, and Miami should finally have its taste of the original Iron Chef’s fine sushi and Japanese fusion dishes. We’re also eager to see the restaurant’s interiors as each Morimoto restaurant is unique, reflecting the design ethos of the host city. It’s likely the delay had something to do with the extensive work going on at the Shelborne, which is being overhauled yet again and rechristened the Shelborne Wyndham Grand. Find more out about it as Haute Living sits down with Masaharu Morimoto.
2. Siena Tavern
In anticipation of this taverna-style restaurant, Haute Living has spoken to Chef Fabio Viviani a few times. Viviani will be bringing life back to the former China Grill space on the iconic corner of 5th Street and Washington Avenue. For Siena Tavern, Viviani endeavors to have everything made from scratch, and offer a casual but extremely high-quality Northern Italian dining experience.
3. Michael Mina STRIPSTEAK
STRIPSTEAK will mark Michael Mina’s second concept at the Fontainebleau. It will be another steakhouse, and naturally, occupy the former Gotham Steak space. Patterned after Madalay Bay’s STRIPSTEAK (the name might be a better double entendre in Vegas,) the restaurant will not overlap with Mina’s other eatery, Mina 74, which focuses on smaller plates and interesting sharables with big flavors. If the reviews from Vegas of the buttery steaks, and famous French fries are any indication, Miami is in for yet another Mina treat. It will probably look as good as it tastes, too and we have every reason to believe the Miami Beach edition will be every bit as glitzy as the Vegas edition.
Everything that Michelle Bernstein does garners a lot of attention in Miami and the opening of Seagrape at the Thompson Hotel on Miami Beach, which is getting ready for its own debut, is no exception. The eatery is said to be a Florida brasserie, which makes it sound a bit like this original “mango gang” member might be going back to her roots.
Najat Kaanache, a Spanish television actress who became a chef so serious she trained at elBulli its last two years in operation, is opening a new restaurant in Merrick Park. The restaurant will focus on tapas and paellas, but we’re hoping the woman who has been called “the soul of Morocco” will bring a few Moroccan dishes to the table too. Candela & Partners are working on the build out and it promises to be quite posh with a glass-laden wine wall and 20-foot glass chandelier.
5. Brasserie Azur
Villa Azur is opening an outpost in Midtown’s former Mercadito space with a new design by François Frossard, the designer who gave the South Beach original it’s distinctive look. In a word, we expect French- Mediterranean cuisine and glam things from the Gallic trio who brought the South Beach original that is tres romantic and super-sexy.