A recent addition to the struggling Lincoln Road gastro scene, @milarestaurants is back in business.
Owned by experienced French restaurateur Greg Galy it is a big ticket bet on the area. However, like neighboring @juviamiami, it sits on the top floor of a corner building. As such, it has nothing to do with the pedestrian crowd strolling up and down Lincoln – or the absence of it 😅!!
By all means it is a location by itself!
Atmosphere: reached by elevator you enter into a large indoor dining area with a bar in front and the kitchen to the left. Pleasantly arranged tables & sofas with ample space around them. Highlight is the outdoor terrace with beautiful furniture, gazebo-covered tables and another bar + a stunning water pool in the center. Comfortable seating throughout. Overall a masterpiece of restaurant design. 9/10.
Crowd: kind of Miami‘s finest. Not packed with „promoted“ models yet very elegant & well-dressed. You most likely get this crowd any day of the week. Nothing flashy but really pleasant to watch and be a part of. 8/10
Food: pretty much another take on the Japanese Grill concept so popular these days – complemented with (few) Mediterranean elements (such as „Jamon“ sushi rolls – the best dish we had).
Shishito Peppers 🌶 quite spicy yet very good. Guacamole (prepared right at the table) excellent. Wagyu dumplings a little overpowered by a pretty acid sauce, even more for Brussels sprouts. Karaage chicken dry & overdone. Seabass skewers almost cold. Desserts: frozen cheese cake great & positively non-standard, Chocolate „Royale“ so-so.
Overall 6/10 (also because of VERY small portions).
Drinks: champagne list with some unusual vineyards, yet no demisec. Sake & wine list does the job. No Rossini but barman Aven mixed something great anyway. 7/10.
Service: very friendly hostess & professional head waiter supported by diligent busboys. Quite a wait for the main courses. Overall decent job. 7/10.
In essence: amazing location, food they can still do (much) better! 37/50