Seafood fans in Northeast Miami-Dade are in for a culinary treat when Mignonette Uptown opens this Friday, January 6.
The restaurant, a partnership between chef Daniel Serfer and Ryan Roman, fills the space formerly occupied by Gourmet Diner, located at 13951 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami Beach. The new branch of Mignonette takes much from the original Edgewater location, including a marquee featuring available oysters and fresh seafood served "plain" or "fancy," but the railcar motif of the North Miami Beach spot provided inspiration for some menu changes.
Ciancio, who has worked at some of Miami's best-loved restaurants, including Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, 27 Restaurant, and Alter, and who worked under James Beard Award winner Sean Brock at McCrady's, offers new additions such as Buffalo scallops, fried chicken, and a dry-aged bone-in New York strip with pommes Anna.
In keeping with the diner theme, a rotating dessert display prominently shows off cakes by pastry chef Devin Braddock.
New Times was invited for a friends-and-family preview of the fare and, although the restaurant doesn't officially open until Friday, curious walk-ins were being accommodated by Roman, who was greeting guests at the door. Spotted dining at the convivial space were chefs Allen Susser — a longtime mentor of Serfer's — and Josh's Deli's Josh Marcus. Also there were Miami Food Pug's Geoffrey Anderson and Dianne Rubin. Clearly, Mignonette has brought some life to the northern reaches of Miami-Dade.
Mignonette Uptown is open for lunch daily from noon to 3:30 p.m. and for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Brunch service will follow soon.