Big Easy Winebar and Grill by Ernie Els
701 S. Miami Ave., Suite 339, Miami, 786-814-5955, BigEasy.Miami
The owners of Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove have partnered with this small international chain, coined after golf star Ernie Els’ nickname, to introduce the first U.S. outpost on the third floor of Brickell City Centre.
The cuisine is South African — the homeland of Els and the chain. Executive chef Maryna Frederiksen grew up on a farm there.
“Since Miami-Latin-inspired cuisine lends itself to spice and flavor, it was easy to bring my South African dishes without changing them too much,” she says.
She crafts bone marrow with oyster and curry sabayon ($9), Angry Duck Curry ($22), grilled Nigerian prawns ($38) and Cape Malay Seafood Pot ($46). Seven blended butters ($3) and six sauces, such as braai barbecue, enhance meats such as bison rib-eye ($45).
The theme extends to her family’s Cape-Dutch malva pudding ($10), cocktails ($10-$14), such as Rooibos Copper Cup with vodka, and Ernie Els Wines.
Lunch and dinner are served daily, plus Sunday brunch, amid furniture and decor from the Western Cape with tufted banquettes, reclaimed wood, cork artwork, chandeliers mimicking wine-barrel hoops and a wine-bottle-shaped, hammered-copper gas oven in the elbow of the open kitchen.
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