MIAMI (CBS4) – Chef Michael Mina has taken his talents from cooking up Bourbon steak in Aventura to Miami Beach as he plans to open his second eatery in town called Michael Mina 74, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
It’s the 19th restaurant for the Egypt-born chef who partnered his Mina group with his friend, former tennis star Andre Agassi.
“He said let’s do this together, and it’s best thing that ever happened to me,” said Mina.
The 215 seat restaurant is stylish and warm. It’s an American bistro, downstairs under the lobby of the famed hotel.
“I’m so excited to be here,” said Mina. “Being in Aventura at Turnberry is great, but a totally different vibe. I’ve always wanted to be down on the beach, so this is my chance,” said Mina.
Mina called his restaurant a true supper club when a DJ transitions the mood into late night hours.
“The cocktail program is unbelievable. We’re the first to do cocktails on tap. We do all of our carbonated cocktails in bottles that we bottle ourselves,” said Mina.
But it’s the food that has made Mina’s name.
The first appetizer he served up was an authentic Japanese Wagyu Beef Shabu Shabu, guests cooked and dipped into a Miso Ponzu sauce.
“You would never think of this as comfort food, but to me it’s comforting” said CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo after tasting.
Next up is a colorful beet salad with prosciutto ham, goat cheese, hazelnuts and compressed squash.
The spiny Lobster Capatelli, flavored with poppy seeds and lemon with a sea urchin butter, is a true delicacy.
The meal ended with Mina’s twist on Jamaican chicken – Jerk Quayle with Fois Gras, fresh mangos and beans and the taste is simply out of this world.
So if you’ve been looking for a new restaurant to go to, check out more of Chef Mina’s meals on MichaelMina.net