Taste Miami: New to the Scene

Italian, Japanese, Mexican and more: A slew of new restaurants are finding their way to Miami this season. Here, we present some of our favorites.

By Becky Randel

The Mandrake Shake

Filling the expansive 5,000-square-foot location that was previously Klima is Mandrake, a new restaurant-lounge from the owners of Kiki on the River. Through the turquoise front doors adorned with antique Chinese door knockers, you’ll find a colorful space replete with a sushi bar (helmed by Nobu alums), a formal dining room, a lush outdoor garden patio and a life-sized golden gorilla. Must-try dishes include the slow-cooked pork belly with achara sauce, any of the dumplings and the whole fish tempura in a sweet and sour ginger-scallion sauce.

210 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305.397.8036; mandrakemiami.com 

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