Created 15 years ago by gourmands from Peru and Costa Rica, El Gran Inka's only three US locations serve up a menu of fresh Peruvian cuisine featuring influences from Spain, Japan, and Italy. Since its inception, the restaurants have charmed diners across Central America and the United States with an impressive culinary and cultural celebration of Peru. The menu presents a contemporary twist on traditional cuisine, plating tangy ceviches, flavorful seafood stews, and tender cuts of sauce-draped meat on elegant plates. As guests sip cocktails made from exotic South American fruits and spirits or mingle over plates of succulent sea bass, the classy saxophone wails of jazz riffs and the ancient dead language of scat singing serenade audiences on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays.
Yes Pasta! owner Flaminia Morin migrated from Rome to Miami with her prized collection of family recipes in tow. Stateside, she teamed up with chef Paolo del Papa to continue her family’s culinary traditions with the aid of fresh local and imported Italian ingredients. Seven kinds of pasta team up with 15 sauces and add-ons that seduce palates with flavors of wild mushrooms, fresh-crushed chili, and tart green capers. The menu’s aura of authenticity extends to the dining room, where cerulean-blue and white hues recall the airy Italian trattorias and olive-oil-gorged rain clouds of Rome.
Since 1994, Caffe Da Vinci's owner-cum-executive-chef Eric Drukmann has helmed a menu that forges rustic Italian tradition with contemporary flair. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the newly redesigned and renovated dining room's white tablecloths welcome spreads of homemade pasta, quiche, and sandwiches, while the walls hang on to low-lit Da Vinci drawings of perfectly round meatballs. Next door, a lounge serves up small, shareable plates and non-shareable drinks, with extended hours and live entertainment amid the gold-toned walls and glowing bar.
Since 1969, the cooks at Mario the Baker have followed the same tried-and-true recipes, resulting in pizza after fresh-baked pizza emerging from the oven with the same flavors as the restaurant's very first batch. Diners settle into red and black booths to split signature pizzas, including La Maflosa pizza with sliced eggplant and mozzarella. As part of an unrefusable offer, the Godfather pie comes topped with capicollo, ham, and salami and is served with a side of housemade italian dressing.
Cuisine Type: Kosher Steakhouse with full sushi bar
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: The Filet Mignon
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: The menu is that of a French brasserie with 21 day wet-aged steaks,
chops, and Asian specialties.
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The restaurant is only a short walking distance from the famous Bal Harbour Shul and Young Israel of Bal Harbour, which comes in handy if you want to organize a private event for one of the Shabbat meals. Kosh is also an excellent choice for any event catering, whether off-premise or a private party inside the restaurant.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
The d?cor of Kosh is elegant contemporary with elements of art nouveau style: modern hanging lighting fixtures ... with more traditional chandeliers, mirrors and stylish photographs on the walls. Dark purple and grey color scheme with velvet chairs, soft purple light, and flowers on the tables. Alternatively, you can sit at one of our outdoor tables to dine in that evening breeze
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu is that of a French brasserie with a selection of traditional and signature French bistro dishes, with the addition of tapas appetizers, Asian specialties, and full sushi bar.
When Sean "Diddy" Combs shares a post on Instagram, his three-million-plus followers are likely to see it. So it's saying something when he takes to Instagram to promote a new restaurant he's excited about?which is exactly what he did for the opening of Finga Licking @ Royal Castle.
Finga Licking is drawing the interest of plenty of other music-industry celebrities as well, which is likely due in part to the fact that the restaurant is the collaboration of music mogul Elric "E-Class" Prince of Poe Boy Music Group and Chef Latosia Colton. Prince was immediately drawn to Colton's food?think fried shrimp and lobster bites, wings smothered in signature sauces, and other chicken and seafood specialties. The southern soul food and Caribbean-flavored bites can be washed down with a Mystery rainbow punch served with fresh fruit on the rocks. And along with the food and the possibility to run into Flo Rida, the screened patio, complete with cooling fans and flatscreen TVs, draw in guests.