We first heard in 2011 that Michael Schwartz was taking over the restaurant at the Raleigh Hotel. Now, about one and a half years later, the endeavor’s opening date and name have finally been revealed.
Restaurant Michael Schwartz will open Monday, April 22, at the iconic South Beach art deco hotel as part of an extensive plan that will include renovations of the rooms, suites, and many of the common areas.
Schwartz’s new place will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. In addition, the restaurant will offer snacks and room service to hotel guests. There will even be boxed lunches for beachgoers.
The menu was created by a culinary team including Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink executive chef Bradley Herron, MGFD executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, and Restaurant Michael Schwartz executive chef Daniel Ganem.
Restaurant Michael Schwartz will source local products whenever possible. The menu will feature shared plates, perfect for dining on the lantern-lit outdoor terrace.
The menu will be updated daily with seasonal selections from Schwartz’s favorite farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.
Grilled octopus at Restaurant Michael Schwartz
Expect items such as grilled octopus with crushed hazelnuts, green olives, kumquat, preserved lemon, and parsley, and steak tartare with fresh herbs, crispy shallots, quail egg yolk, and grilled bread. Beginning in May, the restaurant will offer a Monday-night family meal — a weekly prix fixe menu featuring four courses served family-style.
Schwartz has also taken over the Raleigh’s Martini Bar and will offer innovative cocktails based on classic libations. Each Tuesday, a guest mixologist will spotlight a martini creation.
Steak tartare at Restaurant Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz recently opened the Cypress Room in the Design District and plans to open a restaurant at the SLS Hotel in Brickell in the distant future.
Source : Laine Doss, Miami New Times