An "I Love You" to Marcel Wanders who creates a Miami brasserie and lounge sexy enough to compete with the catwalk of Ford and Wilhelmina models currently passing through the doors of the Mondrian Miami. While we would have preferred a new dining concept, especially since there's already a Sky Bar at the Shore Club, the space is still uniquely dazzling from its offbeat West Street location overlooking Biscayne Bay. If you've never been to an Asia de Cuba you can hardly call yourself a jetsetter, with its LA to NYC outposts that ruled '90s nightlife with a clipboard and J Lo remixes. A bright and airy space redraws the typical South Beach high-rise into a minimalist wonderland of floor-to-ceiling windows and terrazzo floors thrown with antique Moroccan rugs endless decorator fluff. Furnishings are a mishmash of British Colonial canopy chairs, tufted-leather bistro chairs and long banquettes conducive 12am dinner parties of Miami's chic-set.
In a city that shows up to dinner without necessarily wanting to eat, Asia de Cuba is the perfect restaurant for those that wish to enjoy their meal through some kind of straw. The restaurant offers an exotic menu of house specialties including that begins with seafood appetizers like the calamari "Asia de Cuba" salad with chayote, hearts of palm, banana and radicchio in a sesame orange dressing. Seafood lovers indulge further in Tunapica, a tuna tartare with Spanish olives, black currants and coconut in a soy-lime vinaigrette. Larger appetites discover Palomillo of Marinated Lamb, Miso-Cured Alaskan Butterfish in a tempura-battered shisito pepper and Lobster Mai-Tai with coconut red curry.
'90s hotspot lands new gig at Mondrian Miami within stylish new dining room and late-night lounge scene that rages till