A Rave for Novikov Miami

 

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Five stars across the board, my top rating goes to Novikov Miami, a sophisticated new entry in Miami’s dining scene featuring Japanese and Chinese cuisine. I’m talking about decor, menu, food, service and atmosphere. Seldom when I read a menu do I find so many appealing dishes that I’m already plotting my return visit .Miami is loving the place, judging by its being packed even early in the week in July.  Novikov is the first US outpost of chef owner Arkady Novikov who has 50 restaurants in London, Dubai, and primarily Moscow.

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New Hot Spot: Chotto Matte

If I were to give the formula for a successful restaurant in Miami I’d say good or very good food, a party atmosphere (or if not party, at least very “buzzy”), and attractive décor. Of course, a must is professional management, which is usually a restaurant group. Witness the staying power – no small thing in this town – of Baoli, Bagatelle, Zuma, and then there’s the relatively new La Petite Maison. Now there’s a new addition to the list from London that promises to be a serious hot spot – Chotto Matte at 1661 Lenox Avenue. Chotto Matte is high power – the management and culinary team, the eye popping décor, and the elaborate menu offerings.

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Rave Review for DOA

As soon as I walk in the door of a restaurant I can usually tell if I’m going to like it. Of course, it helps if my expectations are high, as in the pedigree of the owner or chef. And so it was with DOA Miami, the new venture of Arjun Waney who is the restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya. DOA is the first of many Waney has planned, much as he expanded with Zuma which is now in major capitals around the world. What speaks volumes is if he accepted outside investors, I would invest. He has a winning formula, earning DOA a rave review.
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Best Miami Spice 2016: Part I

Miami Spice 2016 is here! The annual promotion, running from August 1 through September 30, offers three-course prix-fixe lunches ($23) and dinners ($39) at many of Miami’s finest restaurants. This year, more than 240 restaurants are participating – the most ever, and up from last year’s 181. Here is Part I of the menus of our picks for the best restaurants to check out in Miami Spice 2016. We selected the more high-end restaurants in town that offered appealing menu selections, as Miami Spice is a wonderful opportunity to try these places without busting the budget. We’ve personally been to them all as well. Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3 .
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The Fashionista’s New Beverage of Choice

When I was growing up and went out on dates, the drink to get was inexpensive Portuguese Roses called Mateus or Lancers. We ordered it and thought we were so, well, continental. A girlfriend reminded me that when the bottle was empty we put a candle in it to use as a centerpiece. And then for many years I never heard much more about Rose, nor did I see it drunk a lot until a few years ago at a South Beach hot spot where magnums of French Rose on ice were the drink of choice of the Eurosuave crowd. Since then, it’s coming into its own here. In France, Rose surpasses white wine in popularity, and exports to the US increased 40% in 2013 and 32% last year. Now, finally, artisanal grower and producer from St.Tropez, Maison Angelvin with its celebrity pedigree and fashionista worthy bottle has established a beachhead in the U.S., launching in Miami.
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