Michelle Bernstein's shuttered-but-not-forgotten Spanish restaurant Sra. Martinez is back with a limited menu starting April 10 at the Thompson Miami Beach.
A spokeswoman couldn't say how long the reincarnation, which will be located near her latest concept Seagrape, will stick around. It will be yet another for plate Bernstein. She seems only weeks away from reopening her namesake MiMo restaurant while also working on a lounge at Miami International Airport and a catering partnership with Broward County's Memorial Institute.
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On the menu will be a sampling of crudos, carpaccios and ceviches. Expect spinach and feta croquetas along with the open-faced uni sandwich that was a highlight of her Design District restaurant. A spruced up version of her crispy artichokes and stuffed dates will also be on hand as well. Unfortunately it seems Bernstein egg yolk carpaccio - a thin pool of the slick yolks topped with shrimp and shredded fried potatoes - isn't on the menu. It was a long-time favorite, and also a source of controversy in 2012 after New York City Spanish chef Alex Raij accused Bernstein for lifting the dish off of Barcelona's Bar Mut.
All minor complaints aside, the carpaccio and one of Bernstein's best restaurants have been sorely missed since Sra. Martinez closed in the summer of 2012 and the masses have been ravenous for a return.