A 13,000-square-foot, Mediterranean and Japanese fusion eatery, MILA (800 Lincoln Road), is heading to South Beach this fall. Boasting cuisine from the Mediterranean and Japan, it’ll feature minimalist earthy decor, extensive cocktail menu and a rooftop bar.
The brainchild of Gregory and Marine Galy, the self-dubbed “MediterrAsia” menu will feature dishes like Japanese bouillabaisse soup; daikon salad crab “rolls” with lobster bisque and Ossetra caviar; seared Wagyu carpaccio; zucchini flowers and ricotta ravioli in miso truffle broth; and lamb chops with shiso cilantro pesto, all created by executive chef Nicolas Mazier.
Mila’s bar program is created by Diageo World Class award-winning bartenders Jennifer Le Nechet and Mido Yahi. It is said to be inspired by “the spirit of Eudaimonia” – the Greek word meaning peace of mind and happy state when traveling. The menu will feature a variety of spins on classic cocktails using Asian ingredients, alongside traditional cocktails, and non-alcoholic options. The drinks will be made using unique ingredients like smoked honey syrup, black walnut bitters, sesame orgeat syrup, butterfly pea tea infused vodka, and more.
The space will feature not one but two bars. The first bar will be located inside the restaurant, while on the terrace, guests can sip drinks at V by MILA (pronounced “five” by MILA). The space plays up the five theme, and is inspired by “the five senses.” V by MILA will offer eight cocktails involving “theatrical” drinks using things like liquid nitrogen, foams, gels, dry ice, and more.
As for the space it is designed by designer Olya Volkova. Inside expect rustic vibes with plenty of earth tones, reclaimed woods, unpolished floors, handmade linen and cotton fabrics, tear drop pendant lights, and a dining room wall with an intricate swirling pattern simulating roots by French carver Etienne Moyat. Outside, the terrace will boast a serene water-feature in the center of the space along with two cabanas frame it, while lounge seating surrounds the terrace. The space will even feature a signature scent made with shiso leaves, yuzu, palo santo, suede, patchouli and vetiver.
Mila is set to debut in November 2019 and when it opens will be open from Sunday to Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday until midnight.