Emilio and Gloria Estefan open restaurant in Design District of Miami



Estefan Kitchen

140 NE 39th St., Miami, Suite 133, 786-843-3880, EstefanKitchen.com

Celebrities Emilio and Gloria Estefan have added to their restaurant concepts with this fine-dining Cuban venture in Palm Court plaza.

“We are honored to be the first Cuban restaurant in Miami's Design District and to bring our culinary heritage to this world-class shopping, arts-and-entertainment destination,” Emilio says. “Estefan Kitchen will present traditional family recipes in a new, healthy way.”

Corporate chef Odell Torres, who also oversees the Estefans' Larios on the Beach and Bongos Cuban Café, offers twists such as flatbread with roasted pork and plantains ($14); roasted pork, plantains and cilantro sauce atop black bean-and-rice cakes ($12); short ribs in criollo-wine sauce ($24); and paella with six kinds of seafood and plantains ($70).

Popular cocktails include mojitos ($15-$16), Gloria's recipe for Glorious Cosmopolitan ($16) and mango-passion sparkling sangria ($12).

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid a monochromatic scheme inspired by 1950s Cuba with mosaic murals, an art-deco column and a 34-seat, oyster-shell-mosaic bar, plus indoor-outdoor bar and seating in the courtyard showcasing art installations.

A pianist performs for lunch daily and from Thursday through Saturday nights.

The express café, which opens at 9 a.m., offers grab-and-go items and diverse beverages.

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