Named after the indigenous Brazilian nut tree that nourished a culture, Juvia is accessed via an entrance on Lincoln Road via an over-sized door leading to the restaurantâ€™s private elevators. Atop the splendid building, nine stories above the city, a unique trackless retractable roof acts as an umbrella and makes dining on Juviaâ€™s terrace a year-round experience .
Owned and operated by celebrated restaurateurs Jonas and Alexandra Millan of Bonito restaurant in St. Barth, Juvia is the beautiful new 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and lounge located on the penthouse level of the 1111 Lincoln Road, adjacent to the architecturally-stunning Herzog & de Meuron building on South Beach. Now open to the public, the restaurant is inspired by Miamiâ€™s cultural diversity and beautifully blends with the cityâ€™s natural beauty and cool, Deco landscape. The space features a vertical garden, designed by internationally acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc, which invokes the lushness of the Amazon rainforest. The winning combination of Lincoln Roadâ€™s sizzling, cosmopolitan allure and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and South Beachâ€™s famed Art Deco District make for a one-of-a-kind ambiance exuding understated luxury.
â€œJuvia is a destination for both locals and tourists looking to enjoy an exquisite meal in one of the most coveted settings in South Florida,â€ says Jonas. â€œOur goal for Juvia was to offer diners an elegant experience with amazing food, great drinks and attentive but unpretentious service in a one-of-a-kind setting.â€
Overseeing the kitchen is a team of talented chefs: executive chef Laurent Cantineaux, a protÃ©gÃ© of celebrated chef Daniel Boulud; executive chef Sunny Oh, who was at the helm of Nobu Restaurant on South Beach for more than a decade; executive sous chef Kaoru Chang, also a Nobu alum and corporate pastry chef Gregory Gourreau, who worked alongside iconic toques Alain Ducasse and Francois Payard. Juviaâ€™s menu â€“ a harmonious blend of the regional cuisines of Asia prepared with classic French techniques and the vibrant flavors and ingredients of South America and Florida â€“ offers diners an abundant selection of ceviches, tiraditos, fresh seafood and prime meats, served tapas-style.
Source: Digest Miami