Michael Mina 74 Is Open: We Get a First Bite (Photos)
What do you get when you cross a celebrity-chef-driven restaurant with a Miami-style nightlife joint? The answer: Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Photos by Carina Ost It's like a tenderloin in a haystack.
Located in the space once home to Arkadia below LIV, Michael Mina 74 opened quietly two weeks ago.
Short Order was recently invited to sniff out the space and sample the tasting menu.
A DJ spins in the dining room while a specially designed shellfish cart takes a spin around the restaurant. The key to shellfish is freshness, and Michael Mina 74 has its own private boat, BleauFish, reeling in the local bounty.
Seafood on wheels.
During our visit, seafood options included stone crab, spiny lobster, shrimp, massive prawn from the Ivory Coast, and oysters. All are offered at market price, which could be dangerous. If dim sum carts have taught us anything, it's that our eyes can be bigger than our appetites and wallets.
The rest of the menu is inspired by Mina's travels and offers everything from lobster corn dogs to shabu-shabu to octopus a la plancha.
Who you callin' shrimp?
The hamachi poppers with crispy rice and ginger sauce ($16) were a nice raw bar starter. We also enjoyed the tuna tartare ($24) -- mixed table-side with Asian pear, pine nuts, Scotch bonnets, mint, and sesame oil.
Pop goes the crispy rice below.