Status: Opening to the public on October 29 in the space formerly known as Talula, eden South Beach may have an aversion to capitalizing proper names, but its MO is to capitalize on the whole locavore movement with a "seasonal American" "garden-to-table" mantra. Although there are four owners including Kelley Jones, who just opened Pub in Vegas with Todd English, the big name on the ticket is James Beard-award winning/Top Chef Masters contestant chef Christopher Lee, whose menu of New American Classics takes top billing. “We’ve created a menu that revives traditional American favorites with modern interpretations that are inventive, yet restrained,” said Lee. “We want the menu to be approachable for everyone; simple yet vibrant with bright, bold tastes."
eden South Beach’s menu is divided into three offerings: Temptations, 1st Courses and Main Courses. Temptations, plates meant for sharing, will include Grilled Littleneck Clams with chile butter and toasted breadcrumbs ($12) and Blackened Chicken Quesadillas with avocado, pico de gallo and caramelized pineapple ($11).
1st Courses consist of Crispy Calamari seasoned with curry and Thai sesame dressing and sprinkled with toasted coconut ($13) to Heirloom Tomatoes with house made burrata cheese, pesto and aged balsamic ($12) and Beef Carpaccio with arugula, shaved parmesan cheese, pickled onions and drizzled with a truffle dressing ($18).
Main Course dishes include Seared Yellowfin Tuna with aji amarillo, ratatouille and a warm orange vinaigrette ($32), Braised Beef Short Ribs served with a potato puree, brussel sprouts, freshly grated horseradish and a red wine sauce ($35).
House made desserts include Eve’s First Bite, a warm apple tart topped with crème fraiche and candied ginger ($8); Temptation’s Passion Fruit Cheesecake with sweet n’ salty macadamia nuts and caramelized bananas ($8); and an addictive Milk Chocolate Orange Pot de Crème served with warm sugar cookies ($9).
The wine list includes over 70 wines from around the world with a selection offered by the sip, a two-ounce pour; taste, a six-ounce pour; drink, a bottomless glass; or by the bottle.