If you’re wondering how hot Juvia is, just try getting a Saturday night seat. This sultry South American with French and Japanese heritage atop Lincoln Road’s sexy Herzog & de Meuron parking garage is the season’s it girl. The experience begins with a trip up the private elevator to the ninth-floor penthouse, where a team of pretty young things makes you feel as though you’ve just stepped into an episode of America’s Next Top Model.
Owners Jonas and Alexandra Millan of Bonito restaurant in St. Barth’s took as much care finding a kitchen crew as they did a design team. Executive chefs Laurent Cantineaux (a Daniel Boulud protégé) and Sunny Oh (South Beach’s Nobu), executive sous chef Kaoru Chang (also a Nobu alum) and corporate pastry chef Gregory Gourreau (a protégé of Alain Ducasse and Francois Payard) have designed an alluring fusion menu that work beautifully for the most part.
Ambience: The décor is demure in gray, white and gold with bright pops of purple from the orchids, glassware, napkins and under-lit amethyst bar. A mossy wall covered in tropical foliage lends a rain-forest feel to the 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space, named for a mammoth Amazonian tree. A beehive of an open kitchen buzzes with at least a dozen white-capped cooks working with operating-room focus. But who would notice any of that when you’ve got that view! To the north you can see Sunny Isles Beach (maybe even Broward on a clear day), and to the east, Deco buildings are outlined against the tropical sky.
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