We know it's officially "season" in Miami when multiple restaurants are opening daily. The latest restaurant to add to that list is La Savina Mediterranean Grill inside the swanky Mondrian South Beach Hotel.
The restaurant, "inspired by the culinary island of Formentera, Spain," has menu filled with simple, Mediterranean dishes -- think meats and fish grilled in "a la parilla" style, fresh crudos, charcuteries and seasonal veggies. All meant for sharing, of course.
Heading up the kitchen is Executive Chef Tien Ho, who has done stints at NYC's Momofuku and Montmarte before signing on with Morgans Hotel Group to become its corporate chef.
The 140-seat indoor and outdoor restaurant continues with the Mediterranean vibe complete with oversized planters, rattan lampshades, lantern lighting, concrete colored walls and reclaimed wood throughout the space. All this plus the Mondrian's signature view of Biscayne Bay, which luckily for us hasn't changed a bit.
Right off the entrance of the restaurant is Café Savina, which is open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails. During the day, it'll serve as place for a quick breakfast with items like fresh-pressed organic juices by OnJuice, coffees and espressos and a assortment of pastries and breakfast items. For lunch, it offers a selection of salads and sandwiches and at night it becomes a tapas bar with plenty of charcuteries, cheeses and Spanish wines, beers and cocktails.