Mediterranean newcomer Barbarella (7535 North Kendall Drive, Unit #2380) was slated to open on March 20 — then the COVID-19 outbreak hit, shutting down in-room dining at restaurants across the county in mid-March. Now with restrictions beginning to lift throughout South Florida, the new Mediterranean eatery has finally opened its doors to the public.
“Who would’ve thought that we would open our restaurant in the middle of a pandemic? I would have never imagined even in my wildest dreams but, you need to adapt to all circumstances,” notes chef Sebastian Fernandez
The new eatery, located in Dadeland Mall near the Cheesecake Factory, is spearheaded by Fernandez and his wife Leslie Ames, who have made a name for themselves in the South Florida culinary community for 33 Kitchen inside Time Out Market Miami and Rare Burger inside The Citadel. Their latest restaurant is named after Fernandez’s daughter Barbara, and features a menu inspired by the Mediterranean.
Ames tells Eater Miami that they had to redesign the menu as there are several items that are hard to find at the moment. But diners can still expect options like pan con tomate, polenta fries, roasted beets, spicy pancetta pizza, branzino, and pappardelle with little neck clams, with the now limited menu growing in upcoming weeks.
And like other eateries around town, the owners had to add several new things to comply within the new safety guidelines, including retraining their staff, making sure tables were distanced 6 feet apart, and adding additional seating on the outdoor terrace.
Barbarella is now open with limited hours from Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Takeout is available by calling 786-542-5661 and delivery will start later this week.