The Hoxton: Replicating New England in Miami
In a matter of days The Hoxton emerged in the space formerly occupied by the now-closed Irish pub, Lucky Clover. It is a stripped down version of the former bar with a stark interior and a New England-inspired menu.
All of the wood paneling and Irish flare was quickly pulled off the restaurant's facade. In its place came smokey blue-grey paneling. The same for the inside. When you look close enough, you can see the holes where decorations were once pinned to the walls.
The layout of the restaurant, being touted as a trendy 'Urban Beach House' is the same as it was when it was the Lucky Clover. The wood paneling and flat-screen televisions have been removed from inside the U-shaped bar, but screens are still hung around the restaurant broadcasting various sports channels. Behind the stage is an oversized picture of Audrey Hepburn and nearby is a picture of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill throwing a peace sign.
The menu here was been stripped down as well, and the bar food has been traded for limited, mostly seafood offerings. The kitchen is run by Matt Hinckley, formerly of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink while Nobu veteran Santiago Rodriguez is overseeing the project. Rodriguez heads the Vasilli Group, which runs The Hoxton and has an ambitious plan to open two more British-styled restaurants, Boxpark and Harvey Wolf in the adjoining space on the ground floor of The Axis condominiums.
|New Englad clambake.|
The New England Clam Bake ($45) was the restaurant's piece de resistance. A full lobster came split in half with small clams, plump mussels, shrimp and grilled corn all topped off with a fresh bay leaf. The lobster was a bit on the small side, yet the meat was succulent and sweet.
|A little too much mayo on that lobster.|
The lobster roll ($15) came in a just barely toasted brioche that's light with a hint of sweetness. They don't short you on the lobster, yet it's tossed in a thick, mayonnaise dressing that killed the crustaceans delicate flavor.