The Who: The famous celeb-friendly brasserie opens its Miami Beach outpost in the Hotel Victor. And yes, Kylie Jenner was at the grand opening.
The Space: Divided in two: A Wonkaesque candy store at the entrance and a bright dining room in the former Vix space. Black leather booths, marble tables and a black and white color scheme gives the place a polished feel.
The Dishes: The cocktail bar specializes in dessert martinis and 60-ounce goblets of booze smoking with liquid nitrogen and festooned with lollipops, gummy candies and fruit. As for food, imagine upscale comfort food and plenty of desserts: crepes, pancakes, steak frites and sandwiches. Prices are typical for Ocean Drive with starters $9-$16 and mains $15-$29.
After the mac ’n’ cheese pops, popcorn shrimp and grilled mini burgers, move on to the savory crepes like shrimp with sundried tomatoes or the fried chicken and waffles. Salads are generously sized and run the gamut from Asian chicken to a “garbage” bowl filled with greens, salami, pepperoni, provolone, avocado and cucumbers. Larger mains include chicken marsala, paella and eggplant Parmesan. Classic steak frites can be topped with Roquefort, Bernaise or three other preparations.
Desserts get serious with homemade ice cream sandwiches, chocolate mousse cake and those crepes topped everything from marshmallows to roasted apples. The King Kong sundae costs $99 and includes 24 scoops of ice cream with toppings of chocolate syrup, gummy bears and caramelized bananas — meant for a dozen to conquer.
The Bottom Line: A celebrity-hangout restaurant and candy emporium hybrid seems about right for Ocean Drive these days.