New Restaurants to Try This Week: Branja, Tablé by Bachour, and Zeru

Antonio Bachour has opened a Design District restaurant.
Antonio Bachour has opened a Design District restaurant. Tablé by Bachour photo
South Florida's latest round of restaurant openings includes Branja from Tel Aviv chef Tom Aviv; Miami chef Antonio Bachour's Design District restaurant and café, Tablé by Bachour; and Mexican transplant, Zeru.

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Dishes at Branja
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5010 NE Second Ave., Miami
Chef and restaurateur Tom Aviv is known by many as an Israeli culinary sensation. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, he broke into the country's food scene after a win on MasterChef — surprisingly, with no formal training. Aviv has gone on to open several successful concepts in Tel Aviv and Casablanca. American foodies can now taste the chef's dishes with his first U.S. location, Branja, in Upper Buena Vista. The restaurant is designed to spirit guests into a Telavivian market circa the 1970s, a "social house" meant to showcase a menu that marries regional Israeli flavors with eclectic global tastes inspired by Aviv's travels around the world. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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Salad at Tablé by Bachour
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Tablé by Bachour

180 NE 40th St., Miami
A new restaurant and café concept from Miami chef and pastry king Antonio Bachour has opened in Miami's Design District. At Tablé, guests can find an inspired menu rooted in French cuisine, matched with an ambiance meant to evoke the spirit of a Parisian brasserie. In addition to a comfortably chic interior dining space, bar, and outdoor patio, the restaurant will feature a café where diners can find grab-and-go fare ranging from Bachour's baked goods to jamón serrano sliced to order and packaged alongside the necessary accouterments. Look for the in-house, glassed-in bakery where you can watch the baking action go down. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
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A shrimp dish at Zeru
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1395 Brickell Ave., Miami
Mexican transplant, Zeru, has made its Miami debut. As part of an international expansion, the Miami restaurant will mark the third location for the restaurant group, which has outposts in the upscale San Ángel and Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhoods of Mexico City. The restaurant, which means "heaven" in Basque, first opened in 2009 and is known today as a favorite Spanish restaurant in Mexico City. At Zeru Miami, found on the ground floor of the AKA Hotel in Brickell, a signature menu offers dishes inspired by the cuisine of San Sebastian, a coastal city in the north of the Basque country. Highlights include seasonal fish, such as the signature King crab cooked over charcoal and served with saffron mayo and grilled lemon. 6 p.m. to midnight daily.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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