After a long preparation, Piripi Miami finally opens in Coral Gables. In Spain, the word ‘piripi’ refers to a sensation of exuberance where reality begins to seem like a dream. Here, master Chef Najat Kaanache also likes to blur the lines between the ordinary and the surreal. Trained in legendary Michelin 3-starred restaurants El Bulli, Noma, The French Laundry, Per Se and Alinea, her magically unique and creative approach toward food and cooking has garnered international respect. At Piripi, Chef Kaanache transforms nature into culinary art that nourishes the body and the soul. Step into a world where the concepts of land, sea and fire come together in unique and imaginative ways. Indulge in edible masterpieces that are as delightful to the eye as they are to the palate. Here is more information about Piripi :
According to Urban Daddy :
“First-date territory, this. And there are a couple ways you can go. You can post up at the bar with one of their five gin and tonics and watch your shrimp-and-mussel croquettes get prepped in the exposed kitchen before you. But you can go formal, with a 36-hour roasted saddle of lamb laid out over a tablecloth in the dining room. And then there’s Lola. It’s a private dining room enclosed in glass barn doors that open up directly into the kitchen. So you and nine friends have direct access to the chef.”
According to New Times :
“You may look up when you sit down at Piripi, Merrick Park’s newest eatery. At the San Sebastian-inspired restaurant helmed by El Bulli veteran Najat Kaanache, the long concrete bar has chips of colorful glass ingrained in it. “It’s meant to resemble sand,” says partner Charles Accivatti, “like if glass from up above were falling into it.” As for the foods, Kaanache’s menu is hefty and divided into a plethora of categories. The chef — who apprenticed at Michelin-starred kitchens, including Noma, Per Se, French Laundry, and Alinea, and spent two years at El Bulli prior to its closure — is bringing a lot of San Sebastian with her. Patatas bravas are “patatas soufflé” ($9) and described light as air. There’s pan con tomate, but also air pizza “tomaquet” topped with smoky Idiazabal cheese and heirloom tomatoes ($11). Boquerones ($10), which are usually eaten with olives, are paired with an olive sponge. Other unique and attention-grabbing dishes include noodles with jamón ibérico, poached egg, and saffron ($22), as well as navajas (razor clams) with cilantro and horchata ($16). The nut milk is very popular during the warm summer months in Spain, but never before have I seen or thought of it with razor clams — it will be interesting to see how it fares. The hot diggity dog (salted meringue bun with chicken liver mousse) sounds equally interesting and unusual ($9). ” written by Carla Torres.
According to Zagat :
“The anticipated Spanish eatery Piripi has officially opened at Coral Gables’ popular Village of Merrick Park. The indoor/outdoor space features a moving glass wall and rosewood accents throughout the dining room, and a large blown glass chandelier over the bar area. There’s also Lola’s Room, a private dining space with glass barn doors showcasing the open kitchen. And speaking of the kitchen, you’ll find the first female Basque chef in South Florida, Najat Kaanache (ex: French Laundry), in charge, offering starters like potatoes in spicy sauce, house-cured meats and cheeses, and flatbreads topped with blood sausage, plus salads like Hobbit on the Shire with fresh veggies and avocado mousse. Seafood plates and meaty entrees include Pulpo Paul, octopus with peasant potatoes, and grilled steak with onions and peppers. The name of the restaurant means “tipsy,” and the drink program lives up to its that moniker with boutique Spanish wines, craft brews and specialty cocktails like Frodo’s Garden made with gin, tomatoes, basil and cracked peppercorn.” written by Carissa Chesanek.
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