The who: Chef Brian Nasajon (SUSHISAMBA) and cocktail maestro Ben Potts (Blackbird Ordinary) have debuted this craft cocktail and global plates den in Wynwood.
The space: The 3,600-square-foot former ice factory has a Gotham City vibe with aged stucco brick walls, concrete floors, and exposed-beam ceilings, accented by bare-bulb chandeliers. A lot of attention was clearly put into the 13-seat marble bar which sees a lot of action.
The dishes: Globally-inspired but with a clear Asian and Latin bent. Prices are moderate with small plates ranging $9-$15 and larger dishes $24-$36.
The “Bites” section includes riffs on Latin staples like the Sandwichito, plantain brioche, pork belly, watermelon rind and the savory Churros with shrimp, chorizo and ginger. “Colds” go a little bigger with salads of root vegetables in an orange and star anise sauce and the glass noodle with green papaya, chayote and Valencia peanut. “Smalls” can be shared and feature chicken nuggets with avocado and kirby cucumber and a Wagyu Skirt Steak with grey salt, and chimichurri. You’ll find the “Piggy,” made with mofongo, mustard seed, and pineapple in the “Not So Smalls” section of the menu along with larger mains like a risotto with tiger shrimp and uni butter and a rib eye with fennel, leek and daikon.
Desserts include carrot cake doughnuts and banana bread pudding.
Bottom Line: A handsome dining room and an ambitious menu of small plates make this Wynwood upstart one to watch in the coming year.