Thursday, February 15, 2007
Style File: Hot New Restaurants
It's two of the hottest reservations in town -- two star chefs from opposite parts of the nation have recently opened restaurants here in Miami. In tonight's Style File, 7's Belkys Nerey "sets the table" to show us what sets them apart.
WSVN -- It's a tale of two chefs -- one West Coast, one East Coast -- both bringing their talents right here to Miami.
Loved by celebrities in L.A., Chef Gobind Armstrong recently opened the Table 8 restaurant at the new Regent Hotel on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
His "So-Cal" cuisine is now so So-Be.
Gobind Armstrong: "My cuisine is different because it's based on ingredients. I try to stay as seasonal as I possibly can. I buy as local as much as I can."
Inside, the setting for dinner is intimate -- even a wine room for private parties.
But outside you've got the ocean breeze and plenty of space to party or order small plates.
Isabel Leon: "Hey, this is the place to be. Good portions. Good atmosphere, so I would definitely recommend the place."
Dwight Freeney: "I think it's got a real sexy feel, laid back so that everyone can enjoy."
And just like his L.A. hot spot, you can expect to see lots of celebs.
Gobind: "Ryan Seacrest has been in, Knarls and Kelis last night and Bobby Flay is in tonight. Here at Table 8 you never know who's going to drop by."
Or swim by -- look up, and you'll see live mermaids, swishing around in a glass-bottomed pool above the bar.
Things are just as eye-catching, less than two blocks down at Evolution in the Ritz Carlton.
Chef David Bouley brought his famous New York name and food with him.
Pierre Saussey: "He's a big name. He's had the highest rating from Zagat in all North America."
The menu is mixed with Japanese and French cuisine -- something for every taste.
Chris Sowa: "We couldn't help but pass food around a little bit because everything looks so good."
There's a funky lounge to chill, a sushi bar and a glowing formal dining room.
Jennifer Suskin: "The design, the chef, it's an incredible location, and we've been waiting a long time for it to come."
And at the end of the meal there's a surprise for the ladies.
Kermitt Bowen: "Before each lady guest leaves, David likes to leave a little lemon tea cake for you. So you can enjoy it with breakfast in the morning."
Mm-hm, now that's my cup of tea!
As with any new hot restaurant you will need reservations.
This is the first venture in Miami for both hot chefs.