The much-anticipated arrival of celebrated chef and restaurateur, “Gypsy Chef” David Myers’ first-ever east coast concept is here as ADRIFT Mare officially opened its doors in the heart of Miami’s Brickell neighborhood on Sunday, July 30, on the 25th floor of the luxurious Hotel AKA Brickell.
Inspired by the cultures and cuisine Myers has encountered on his worldly travels, the restaurant will deliver a captivating culinary experience that offers a taste of the spirited life along the Mediterranean coastline.
The restaurant and bar will showcase the ADRIFT brand’s signature DNA that is prevalent through its vibrant gastronomic cuisine, lively and seductive ambience, strong focus on design and details, a world class cocktail program and the brand’s trademark “tight but loose” service ethos. ADRIFT Mare will artfully meld the chicness of the French Riviera, the relaxed vibe of the Balearic Islands, warm Levant hospitality and gentle rhythms of the Greek Isles, to transport guests to summers by the Mediterranean Sea.
“I am thrilled to be working alongside the Hotel AKA team to bring my vision for ADRIFT Mare to life in Brickell,” Chef Myers said. “Miami has such a vibrant dining scene and I believe that we have something incredibly exciting to bring to the table.
“Travel has always been my greatest inspiration and most important tool when developing unique culinary experiences. With ADRIFT Mare, I look forward to sharing some of my personal travel memories from the Mediterranean Sea with Miami when we open our doors,” he said.
Taking cues from the ingredients and techniques Chef Myers encountered on his journeys throughout the region, the menu was composed with warm summer seaside evenings at heart — a tribute to the Mediterranean’s coastal lifestyle and cuisine.
To start, guests will enjoy several snacks including house-made Parker Rolls served with fava bean spread and tahini butter; Charred Eggplant Spread on toasted sourdough; Whipped Cods Roe served with country loaf, and a Half Lobster Roll with lemon aioli and Lebanese oregano on an olive roll.
From the “Raw”section, a Half-Dozen Oysters served with mignonette and zhoug sauce; Yellowfin Tuna with shallots, caviar and buckwheat crackers; Aged Beef Tartare with pickled mustard seeds, and Golden Osetra Caviar Karat Amber served with crème fraiche, chives, pickled shallots and buckwheat crackers.
In addition, the menu features several vibrant salads including Falafel & Kale with hummus, pomegranate and mixed grains; Heirloom Tomatoes with burrata, smoked olive oil and quinoa, and Poached Lobster with romaine, oregano dressing and chervil.
Main plate standouts range from pastas such as Arugula Pesto, bucatini with aged parmesan and stracciatella, and Half Roasted Lobster, linguini with Datterini tomatoes and basil to seafood dishes including Grilled King Prawns made with fermented garlic, Fresno chili and lobster oil; White Clams in lemon butter and sea herbs; and Whole Grilled Seabass served with braised fennel and harissa aioli.
The restaurant also will feature an exceptional selection of dry-aged meats such as marinated Colorado Lamb Rack, Australian Wagyu Sirloin, and Mixed Shish Kebabs featuring chicken thigh and prime beef filet, as well as several Prime USDA Steaks with cuts including a 40-ounce T-Bone, 14-ounce Ribeye and 8-ounce Beef Filet. For those seeking a genuine gastronomic adventure, ADRIFT Mare will offer a chef’s Tasting Menu as well as a la carte.
To complement the cuisine, ADRIFT Mare will offer an exquisite wine list concentrating on the best terroirs from in and around the Mediterranean Sea, including Ancient World labels from Greece, Super Tuscans and Provençal rosés, as well as an exciting collection of New World gems.
The 2,413-square-foot space has been reimagined by the talented Michael Gabellini of Gabellini Sheppard Associates into an airy and stylish restaurant with dramatic design features. Set within an 11-story atrium of floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant showcases dynamic views of the city skyline and Biscayne Bay and an abundance of natural sunlight.
Incorporating decorative elements that bring the South Florida outdoors in — wave patterned stone floors of varying color evoke the movement of sand after a wave recedes on the beach and lush greenery is featured prominently throughout the indoor and exterior spaces.
The restaurant will boast plentiful seating — 65 indoors including 12 at the bar/in the lounge and 41 in the private dining room.
ADRIFT Mare is located at 1395 Brickell Ave. on the 25th floor of Hotel AKA Brickell. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., lunch (beginning Monday, Aug. 14) from noon to 4:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.adriftmare.com; telephone 305-503-6500.
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