Miami's wildest parties don't always happen after the sun goes down. Fooq's, a Persian-fusion restaurant located in downtown Miami, will take over the garden at La Victoria Social Club in the Design District for a weekly brunch launching this Sunday, November 20.
Though many know La Victoria as an after-hours nightlife spot, its vibrant outdoor space is an ideal location for a sunny midday affair. Curated by Fooq's David Foulquier and La Victoria's Antonio Turbay, the duo's event — Victory Brunch — will incorporate Fooq's eclectic eats with La Victoria's famously bustling nighttime atmosphere.
"The first time I stepped foot into La Victoria, I had a feeling that this place could really become something special," Foulquier says. "The space has so much potential, and it's really undiscovered turf in the Design District.
"Our vision is to bring some Fooq's flavor and a new energy to the neighborhood," he adds. "La Victoria already has the nightlife thing figured out, so we just want to add some life to the space by offering a unique brunch experience."
Fooq's sous-chef Sergio Sotello will helm the kitchen at La Victoria. He's whipped up a menu using some of Fooq's most beloved brunch dishes paired with a few new additions. Diners can expect a raw bar with a selection of oysters, lobster tails, and stone crabs; a selection of egg dishes such as a lobster Benedict and smoked brisket steak and eggs; and cult favorites such as a bucatini carbonara topped with egg yolk and a berry-centric French toast.
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"The menu is a reflection of our approach to cooking at Fooq's," Sotello says. "But I'm staying true to my method of homestyle cooking, so guests can expect some smoked-meat specials like lamb ribs, which are always a hit at Fooq's."
To make it boozy, mixologist Rob Ferrara crafted a menu of cocktails to pair with Fooq's plates, including the La Victoria, which is made with Hendrick's gin, strawberries, basil, mint, fresh lemon, and Florida orange juice.