New Restaurants to Try This Week: Neya, True Food Kitchen, Sushi by Scratch Restaurants

Oprah Winfrey is among the backers of Dr. Andrew Weil's healthy restaurant True Food Kitchen.
Oprah Winfrey is among the backers of Dr. Andrew Weil's healthy restaurant True Food Kitchen. Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen
South Florida's latest round of openings includes the grand opening of Sushi by Scratch, the opening of the first Miami location of Oprah Winfrey-backed True Food Kitchen, and Israeli restaurant Neya in Surfside.

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Neya, An Israeli restaurant, has opened in Surfside.
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9491 Harding Ave., Surfside
A modern Israeli restaurant has opened in Surfside. Influenced by ancient and modern flavors, the menu offers the chef's non-kosher interpretation of Israeli gastronomy, with dishes influenced by countries like Spain, North Africa, and the Levant. Offerings range from appetizers, mezze, crudo, and entrees and are complemented by a cocktail program and extensive wine list. A meal here opens with shish barak (Middle Eastern-style meat dumplings) cooked in a tomato concassé, or mezzo like the matbucha (a Moroccan stew of cooked tomatoes and roasted bell peppers seasoned with paprika) served with roasted goat cheese, feta, and coriander pesto. From the Josper charcoal oven, choose hearty entrées like roasted lamb, grilled tiger prawns spiced with harissa, and a seafood paella seasoned with bottarga and fennel. 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
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Sushi by Scratch husband-and-wife chef/restaurateurs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee
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Sushi by Scratch Restaurants

3242 Charles St., Miami
Husband-and-wife chef/restaurateurs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee have brought Montecito-based Sushi by Scratch Kitchens to Coconut Grove’s historic Stirrup House. Presented as a prix-fixe menu, an evening here begins 20 minutes prior to the scheduled seating time with a complimentary welcome cocktail. The progressive tasting experience begins with nigiri, made to order and featuring a selection of fresh, imported seafood. The chefs pride themselves on their from-scratch kitchen, with nearly all accompanying ingredients made in-house, including soy sauce and vinegars. The restaurant offers three seatings per evening, priced at $165 per person. Reservations are required and can be made via Seatings at 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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True Food Kitchen is now open in Miami.
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True Food Kitchen

8888 SW 136th St., Miami
A new location for Oprah Winfrey-backed True Food Kitchen has opened at the Falls in Miami. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the first True Food Kitchen was opened in 2008 by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. Today, the growing chain's menu continues to adhere to Weil's anti-inflammatory food pyramid, a diet plan he feels promotes optimal health. The new Miami True Food Kitchen restaurant will offer a variety of the brand's best-known dishes and beverages available for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Look for seasonally inspired offerings that emphasize whole foods and simple ingredients with minimal preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each, from nutrient-dense staples and carefully sourced proteins to little-known superfoods. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
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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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