Gastronomy Roundup

by Francesca Cruz

Restaurant: Novikov Miami 

Address: 300 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

Ambiance: 

Absolute sophistication! It’s the first U.S. outpost of Chef and owner Arkady Novikov. Upon entering you’ll see the dimly-lit bar to the right, and a massive chimerical sculpture that leads to the main dining area, which sports a wave-like ceiling, textured wood walls and structural columns that recall tree trunks—designed by New York-based design consultant Adam Tihany.  

Why it Makes the Cut: 

So many reasons why: the incredible service and attention to detail, the fabulous food, the lively yet composed environment. Did I mention how fabulous the food was? I need to mention that again. The food is fab!

Mouthwatering Must Haves: 

The Hamachi carpaccio with truffle shavings, the spicy prawn moneybags dumplings, I can go on and on. Everything I tried on the menu was a showstopper. An absolute must is the crispy Peking duck with foie gras. And the cocktails here are as impressive as the food: The Kiri old-fashioned, made with Suntory Toki whiskey; the apricot margarita, and a personal favorite is the wasabi martini, made with vodka, purple basil, pineapple, wasabi, lemon and yuzu. 

Restaurant: Kuro 

Address: 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale

Ambiance: 

The restaurant is located within the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino so that already adds a Vegas-like glamour to it. An opulent indoor spacious dining area welcomes you, outdoor seating is available as well, and both options have wonderful views of the resort’s pool with its cascading water. 

Why it Makes the Cut: 

At the helm is Executive Chef Alex Becker, so expect only the very best in new-style Japanese cuisine. For extra romance, make sure to ask for outside seating. The table is positioned on a glass floor with a pulsating water feature underneath. 

Mouthwatering Must Haves: 

The tuna crispy rice (emphasis on it being a must), the Hokkaido scallops, salmon sashimi, and although you can’t go wrong in the cocktail department, make sure to indulge in the Jyu Go cocktail (matcha-infused shochu, Falernum and passion fruit). 

Restaurant: Sushi by Boū

Address: 1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Former Versace Mansion)

Ambiance: 

How often can you say you’ve enjoyed sushi in the suite of Gianni Versace’s former South Beach mansion? Seating only four, it’s nestled in the 500 square-foot suite’s counter bar, taking the concept of intimate dining to another level. 

Why it Makes the Cut: 

It’s very cloak and dagger—once you’ve checked in with the host in the lobby, you’re escorted up to the suite. For $125 you enjoy a 60-minute Omakase experience. “Omakase” means, “trust me,” so with exception of any food allergies, you are in the hands of the chef and mixologist as they take you through an experiential flight of sushi fancy. 

Mouthwatering Must Haves:

The rotation of sushi pieces is quick and you can expect presentations that are made with uni, fatty tuna, sweet shrimp, scallops and ikura—the food is locally sourced, as well as, brought in from all over the world. 



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