The dining scene is heating up now with the season getting in full swing. Lots of news on four hot new restaurant openings like Fiola and Swan Miami, more appealing options for New Year’s Eve, frozen croissants that taste like the real thing and more. All in Eating News for December.
New Year’s Eve Miami
Just in, more options for New Year’s Eve to add to my earlier list (click here if you missed it)…..For the big spender, Myles Restaurant Group is offering a 6000 square foot private dining room and restaurant called Prime Private for New Years Eve, an extension of Prime 112, Prime Italian and Prime Hotel. Its NYE experience package starts at $100K for 150 people. Guests can customize a curated menu. It’s at 36 Ocean Drive. For more information or to book, visit http://mylesrestaurantgroup.com and call 305.532.8112 or (305) 532-7707.
My favorite new Italian restaurant, Osteria Baiocco , 5599 Biscayne Blvd., has two dining options for New Year’s Eve featuring its delicious Roman cuisine. 1st seating $45 (5:30-8:30pm) / 2nd seating $65 (9:00 pm – new years). For the menu, click here. For more information call (305)759-1007.
For an intimate, epicurean French dining experience you can’t go wrong with Pied a Terre in the Cadet Hotel in South Beach, another favorite. This year they’re offering a menu that has all of the festive, celebratory ingredients — from fine champagne and truffles to foie gras and souffle (and beef wellington which you seldom see on menus these days regrettably). For $210 per person, a bottle for two of Paul Grand Cru Champagne Etienne Saint German is included.For the menu and reservations, click here.
John Kunkel of restaurant group 50 Eggs (Yardbird, Spring Chicken), announces they’ll be opening a new restaurant, Ad Lib, at the present site of their former eatery Swine in Coral Gables. Chef Jamie DeRosa and pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith will be the culinary team behind it. No menu details as yet. It will open in early 2019.
Hot new restaurant openings.... Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Michelin-starred dining concept Fiola has opened in Coral Gables this week. Fiola Miami serves contemporary takes on classic Italian cuisine from a variety of regions, as well as signature items from the original Washington D.C. location. I heard the place is beautiful and expect to check it out this week so stay tuned.
Miami star chef Brad Kilgore of Alter fame has opened Kaido, a Japanese inspired cocktail lounge and restaurant in the Design District. It’s said to be less formal than Alter “yet still stylish” with a menu of Asian inspired small plates.
The word on the street is that Swan and Bar Bevy, also in the Design District is the place for people watching, not surprising since an investor is Pharrell Williams. It has a dining pedigree that comes from its French chef and European Top Chef Jean Imbert (he used to cook for Williams) who creates what they’re calling “modern chic” cuisine. There’s a 250 seat dining room and a second floor lounge. For more information call 305-704-0994. (sorry but no information on the website).
Nikkei restaurant Osaka is coming to Brickell in the first quarter of 2019, its first US outpost following its success with nine restaurants in South America. Osaka’s design is Japanese-inspired, infusing modern architecture, Feng Shui and signature Peruvian accents of past and present materials and textures. Much like its sister restaurants, the Miami location will feature a big ceviche and Nikkei bar at the heart of the restaurant, which is the main difference from traditional sushi restaurants.
A Belgian reader who knows his croissants put me on to this one — frozen mini croissants that taste like “le vrai croissant” (the real thing). They’re from Trader Joe’s, come 8 to a bag, and are 140 calories each (so you can indulge and not feel guilty). Just warm them up at 350 F for 30 minutes. Perfect for the holidays and company.
More restaurants continue to open in Coral Gables. The latest is Seek and Find that brings a contemporary Wynwood like décor and vibe to Ponce de Leon. The Moroccan chef who worked with Emeril Lagasse has an interesting , eclectic menu that features American fusion cuisine with global influence. It’s a welcome spot for light bites before the theater at Actor’s Playhouse or a movie at Coral Gables Cinema.
Try the sustainable farm raised Bahamian conch salad . I’m not usually a fan of conch (except if it’s eaten on a boat after being caught), but this was delicious – super fresh, impeccably seasoned with mango, scallions, cilantro, chopped tomato and serrano pepper. Other good choices, the confit tacos – tender Rohan duck confit, frisee, orange sauce topped with potato sticks; grass fed Australian lamb chops paired with Israeli couscous, charred rapini and apricot harissa preserver; and the wild mushroom and truffle puffs. Want something really different? Try the alligator tail corn dogs or the wild boar medallions. Go from 5 to 8 p.m. and get two for one cocktails.