Food News

Mamma MIA! Another Gargantuan Dining/Entertainment Complex Coming Downtown

MIA at Biscayne, a 14,000-square-foot dining and entertainment venue, is slated to open at the corner of Flagler and the namesake boulevard this coming summer.  Executive Chef Gerdy Rodriguez, who you might remember from another gargantuan downtown dining and entertainment venue (Karu & Y), is in charge of producing "reinvented classic-conversation cuisine". This is defined further as "an homage to simple and traditional foods, as well as scientific and artistic fare that marry the international flavors of Spain, Japan and Latin America". And further: "From thermo-whipped food-foam to nitrogen-smoking edible cocktails, Rodriguez will offer a creative take on the culinary classics, while utilizing a fresh assortment of organic ingredients sourced from farmer's markets, local seafood purveyors and sustainable urban gardens."

Signature dishes promise to include an MIA Roll of lobster topped with

spicy tuna, crispy plantain, scallions and avocado crema; an assortment

of eight ceviches and tiraditos ($12-$20); and "make-you-think-twice"

tapas selections ($5-$10) such as confit of pork belly with potato

pomade and crunchy egg capsula, and tortilla Espanola with warm potato foam and crispy shallots.

As for those nitro-cocktails "from the kitchen" -- they will cost $10

each, and feature edible spins on libations like Cuba Libre, made with

dark rum gelée, Coca-Cola granitée, lemon froth and fizz; and a

Cosmopolitan of vodka gelée, orange sorbet, cranberry froth and lime

zest.  The lounging area, inclusive of a 13-seat bar, will mix

signature drinks as well, all fruit-infused elixirs made with natural,

organic fruit and will be shaken, stirred, mixed and muddled from

scratch.   Over 150 wines will be poured, with 20-plus available by the


Oh, there's plenty more, such as live entertainment nightly in MIA's

lounge and second-floor VIP sections, with built-in stage and

"state-of-the-art" sound system. And more still: A 16-foot multi-touch

iBar® and a 24-foot iWall(tm) in the downstairs lounge offers new

interactive technologies that will create special effects by tracking

the sensation of movement on a digital surface.

If it all sounds a little too Karu-ish, the cuisine is going to

be offered at  "moderate price points" to appeal "to the

budget-conscious repeat customer". And MIA's General Manager Samantha

DeBianchi invites locals and visitors "to check the 'red carpet

pretentiousness' at the door".

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