Michael Pirolo and Jen Chaefsky have officially set up shop inside the newly revamped Marlin Hotel with their new "far east" restaurant concept, Bazi.
The duo, who also own and operate Macchialina have departed from their Italian roots for this venture instead creating a menu filled with "technique-driven" dishes from all over Asia.
Expect plenty of Asian classics with the Pirolo twist like Cantonese-style Florida shrimp, short rib buns, duck udon, whole fried snapper and duck done "two ways." If you want to try a little bit of everything, a tasting menu is also available for $70 a person.
Creating the drinks is Macchialina’s bar manager William Rivas, who’s made a variety of "classic, contemporary and conceptualized" cocktails. For those looking for the not-so-hard stuff sake by the glass, Asian beers and an "expansive wine list," are offered at the restaurant’s two different bars located at the front and back of the house.
The 70-seat space channels the Asian theme featuring gray tufted banquettes, sleek pendant lighting and a massive gold dragon that overlooks the space. A slim staircase leads to the second floor private dining room that overlooks the main dining room and can seat up to 16.
Bazi is located at The Marlin Hotel at 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. The restaurant is now open for dinner nightly at 6 p.m. with the bar will open nightly at 5 p.m. To make a reservation call 305-695-0101.