Little Havana’s culinary resurgence is well under way, with the latest addition — Ella’s Oyster Bar — set to debut in May at 1615 SW 8th Street.
Dubbed as a “Miami oyster bar” it’ll serve up your standard oyster bar fare like lobster rolls and west and east coast raw oysters and clams, along with items with more of a South Florida spin like the Calle Lobster Roll that is served on a medianoche roll; Clams with Galletas Cubanas and Mojo Mignonette; Crab Croquettas with Old Bay Hollandaise and a Surf N’ Turf Frita Cubana made with lump crabmeat, chorizo, special sauce and papas.
For those who aren’t too keen on seafood options like Fried Chicken and Pancakes made with Pasilla Oaxaca pancakes and Roasted Bone‑in Short Rib can also be found on the menu, along with an extensive list of beer and wine, as well as ceviches, salads and desserts.
Ella’s is the brainchild of partners Jordan Marano and Christian Plotczyk, whose paths first crossed twenty years ago while working with the China Grill Group and have since worked everywhere from Rosa Mexicano to Virgin Hotels. Marano is running the kitchen and the menu creation, while Plotczyk oversees operations of the restaurant.
As for the space, it keeps with the Miami-meets-the-northeast feel with a white painted brick exposed walls, a hand-painted Kraken mural courtesy of EvlWorld, a wash wood grain bar, chalkboard paintings and industrial hanging lights.
When it does open its doors next month — no date has officially been set but we’re told early May — Ella’s Oyster Bar will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1a.m., Sundays to Thursdays from 11:30 a.m to 11 p.m.