Bloom in Wynwood Needs Polishing
|Executive chef Ricky Sauri and nectarine spinach salad|
In the past five years, the Wynwood Arts District has transformed from an area of warehouses and thrift shops to a mecca of art-centric lounges, bars, and restaurants. Crowds of creative folks and Magic City hipsters now strut around gallery events in vintage-meets-American Apparel -- with an added touch of scuffed designer boots and too-skinny-for-this-heat jeans.
The latest addition to the district's expanding culinary scene is Bloom, which Guatemalan partners Jose Miguel Sarti and Sebastian Stahl launched this past July. Like two aspiring artists, they hope to succeed in Miami's hottest up-and-coming neighborhood.
The kitchen is led by executive chef Ricky Sauri, previously executive chef at Nobu in the Bahamas and chef de cuisine at Nobu in Miami Beach. He aims to fuse Asian and Latin American street fare in an upscale, creative context. The décor dabbles in artistic expression.
These days Bloom is like a sketch that suggests a masterpiece might ensue. In the 135-seat dining room, rustic white distressed wood meets eggplant-colored walls and monochromatic ivory plastic tables and chairs. The welcoming patio boasts a barrier of greenery, which separates the courtyard from the bustling traffic on North Miami Avenue. An oversize panoramic shot of Volcán de Agua in Guatemala hangs next to the large exterior bar and lounge area. All of the scenic photographs lining the eatery's walls were shot by Sarti.