With Miami's faux winter right around the corner, the few months of decent weather have proven ideal for restaurant debuts. The Shops at Merrick Park's newest addition, 320 Gastrolounge officially opens its doors today.
Coral Gables is home to popular bakeries, coffee shops and bars, but 320 Gastrolounge might be its most Miami venue to date. The restaurant's motto is "from Miami, for Miami" and features Miami-themed art throughout, as well as live music by local musicians until 2 a.m.
The kitchen is helmed by Peruvian Chef Juan Aguero, former Executive Sous Chef at Piripi, who's created an lineup of Latin-Asian fusion dishes, including a few that tribute the 305. The menu features Skirt Steak Croquetas served with black aioli; saigon steamed Vaca Frita Buns stuffed with Sriracha and scallions; Bok Choy Sopa, a house miso with charred bok choy; and mains like Homestead Short Ribs, lamb, a Gastro Burger and Cavatappi.
Thomas Merolla of Traditional Cocktail Company is the man behind the cocktail program, serving signature libations like the Merrick's Way, a shiso-infused kappa pisco shaken with watermelon and the Pink Flamingo, made with a raspberry-flavored Tanqueray gin and yuzu Japanese citrus.
320 Gastrolounge is located at 320 San Lorenzo Avenue, #1315, in Coral Gables at the Village of Merrick Park. It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Monday & Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to Midnight, Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Sunday brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. and will commence on Sunday, September 18. Happy hour specials are offered Monday-Friday, 4-8pm.