First Bites

Ivan's: A Biscayne Boulevard Newcomer With Multiethnic Appeal

When Ivan Dorvil's Nuvo Cafe on West Dixie Highway burned down in 2012, his admirers mourned. The place was a neighborhood favorite, and Dorvil was a ministar, having cooked for the likes of P. Diddy, Gloria Estefan, and Lil Wayne. He's also worked in high-end restaurant's in South Beach's Delano and National hotels.

Now Dorvil is back.

At the new Ivan's, the menu is diverse, offering everything from Haitian to Jamaican and Asian. There are high-end plates like salmon ($15 at lunch) and skirt steak (also $15). There's even a jalapeño black bean burger with fries for $8.50.

The restaurant is located in a strip mall at 14815 Biscayne Blvd., but there's ample outdoor seating and plenty to look at. A sampling of the food:

The Caribbean chicken kebab ($12) was green and pretty but needed some salt.

The Haitian-style rice and plantains was delightful and came at no charge. Ask for the pikliz, spicy cabbage. You won't regret it.

Chef Dorvil has quite a background. He worked at Tantra and Blue Door at the Delano, among other well-known SoBe restaurants.


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