Perfecto in Brickell Gets It Right With Tapas and a Snappy DJ

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At Perfecto, a gastrobar on Brickell Avenue, the mood is celebratory and the food is a modern riff on Catalan classics. It's the brainchild of Oscar Manresa, a chef-restaurateur from Barcelona with 20 years of experience. He chose Miami for his first international venture because the cities share a similar climate and culture.

Since Perfecto's opening in June, Manresa has been spending one week per month overseeing it. He says he's dined at several Spanish spots in the city, but none has rivaled The Bazaar by José Andrés. Manresa openly looks up to the James Beard Award-winning chef and calls Andrés "the real representative of the Spanish new cuisine in the United States."

Adamant about serving authentic fare, Manresa plucked Perfecto's chef de cuisine, Daniel Torres, from Barcelona. Torres was working at the Michelin-starred Catalan restaurant Hofmann. Manresa's other goal is to provide guests with an awe-inducing dining experience he compares to attending the theater. "I want guests to say 'ooh' and 'aah' two or three times," he explains.

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Valeria Nekhim was born in the Ukraine and raised in Montreal. She has lived in Manhattan and Miami. Her favorite part of food writing is learning the stories of chefs and restaurateurs.