NeMesis: Micah Edelstein's Latest Innovation

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Photo by Riki Altman
Micah Edelstein's wizardry can be enjoyed via the exposed kitchen pass-through at her new restaurant.
​We didn't know when we walked through the doors of neMesis Urban Bistro last Friday night that we were the first customers. Ever. When co-owner Harald Oechsner acknowledged the fact and Micah Edelstein smiled in agreement, a strange feeling fell over us. Were we supposed to sit right in front of the kitchen or far enough way to protect her from our investigative eyes? Did we dare order off the menu or do we just let the chef deliver what she wanted us to try?

After peering around at the cracked mirror bar top; wiry tie sculpture; batik-covered barstool cushions; crazy photos of Vivienne Westwood, Woody Allen and two people we couldn't quite recognize, and just before being presented with a menu that made us giddy with anticipation, we decided the theme of the night would be "who-the-hell-cares." It's just that kind of place. And then we met the bobotie.
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Photo by Riki Altman
This South African dish isn't something you'll find anywhere else around this town. Edelstein, who was raised there, made her native dish with smoked veal, rocket, mango ginger vinaigrette, garam masala pecans and--the addition that impressed us most--melon chutney ($12). We suspect this will become her most popular offering, though she promises to change the specials more often than Lindsay Lohan gets accused of misconduct.

This is probably a good time to point out that Edelstein is known for incorporating ingredients that most of us have never heard of, so don't freak when you see things like ciliegine, pinoli, dukka, puri puri, and amarula listed. Thankfully our patient server Julius (a.k.a. Jules) [shown here in the reflection of the mirrors as he served us a hunk of bison with huckleberry dark chocolate sauce atop butternut sage hash, $35] had been schooled properly and was able to describe it all in layman's terms.

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Photo by Riki Altman

Come in and plan to stay awhile. There's plenty to look at and plenty to experiment with. neMesis may be located in a rather dicey location, but inside it's all warm and complicated, just like Edelstein's malva pudding. Mmm. Pudding.


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Photo by Riki Altman
Location Info:
neMesis Urban Bistro
LegalArt Building
1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL
305-415-9911


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C.O. Jones
C.O. Jones

Can anyone afford to risk their life going to this place? It is 20 feet from Miami Downtown's most notorious strip club and a plate off food is not worth risking my life.

Micah Edelstein
Micah Edelstein

You obviously have not tried my food! Regardless, since when are strippers dangerous?! Hundreds of guests, who apparently do not suffer from stripper-phobia have already made that "dangerous" journey and returned alive and ever so much happier for the journey!

NeMesis Food Was/Is Awesome!
NeMesis Food Was/Is Awesome!

Sucks that you had to be the first customer at NeMesis. I hope you didn't come up with some lame excuse on the food you would or wouldn't eat!

Micah Edelstein
Micah Edelstein

I am happy to report that Riki ate with total abandon...and the menu is not at all scary, just interesting, things you know mixed with things you might not...but our servers...or I... will merrily explain the unknowns away!

Riki
Riki

Didn't suck at all. Just meant I got to be a spoiled princess and get up in everyone's business. Oh, and being first means nothing is 86-ed so I got whatever I wanted!!! Ate much more than was described here, but my photos were lousy (and I didn't want everyone to see what a piglet I can be) so I kept it short. 

I did decline an offer for a glass of champagne, but otherwise it was open season. ;-) OINK!

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