Driftwood opens at South Beach

Driftwood Room inside the newly restored Nautilus South Beach is taking diners back to the city’s heyday from its midcentury decor to its coastal cuisine, it all feels quintessentially Miami Beach. Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a New Yorker who’s fully immersed herself in Miami’s local food scene for the task, has crafted a menu that reads beachy but still classic and upscale. Mezzes feature fun takes on classic Mediterranean dishes, such as eggplant dips, heirloom carrot fries with yogurt, and a light cobia crudo that’s perfect for the Miami heat. Mains, like the snapper en papillote and the roast chicken, showcase simple proteins elevated through expert technique. Here is more information about Driftwood Room :


According to Urban Daddy :

“Guarnaschelli’s shown NYC that she can do some pretty great things when armed with a local farmers’ market and a chef’s knife. But it’s our turn now. So she’s set up shop in a revived art deco retreat with polished white terrazzo floors, wood-paneled walls and oversize brass lamps. You’ll pass the curvy blue marble bar and settle into one of the cushioned semicircular booths. That’s where you’ll entertain a charming friend over a few Nautilus Royales made with lavender-infused vodka, champagne and blueberry jam. The citrusy cobia crudo and tender slabs of Colorado lamb: strong-to-very-strong next moves from there.”


According to New Times :

“The kitchen, helmed by Guarnaschelli and executive sous chef Lucas Marino, is inspired by both the Mediterranean and Miami Beach. Meals start with a small loaf of good, crusty bread and a plate of olives. The menu is a straightforward, fresh seafood-centric menu, although carnivores will be sated with lamb skewers, an oven-roasted chicken, a seared prime filet, and an indulgent côte de boeuf for two. At $120, this is by far the most expensive item on the menu, with most other entrees in the affordable $20 to $30 range.” written by Laine Doss.


According to Eater :

“Miami Beach officially has another Iron Chef in the mix. Over the weekend Alex Guarnaschelli, along with China Grill Management, opened up their latest restaurant, Driftwood Room, inside the new Nautilus South Beach Hotel. The menu for Driftwood is described as, “cuisine of South France with a Miami palate.” Dishes like cobia crudo, whole roasted cauliflower and Florida head-on shrimp. Along with Driftwood, Guarnaschelli is also overseeing all the F&B for the hotel meaning she crafted the menus found at the pool, hotel lobby and in-room dining. The restaurant is now open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner at 1825 Collins Ave.” written by Olee Fowler.


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