Nom News: January 29, 2016


January 29, 2016

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Here’s your weekly dose of nom.

KYU to Open in Wynwood
Pincho Factory Expands Into Broward
Spris Hosts “Beat the Clock” Happy Hour Party
New Express Lunch at Verde
Azul Launches Izakaya Nights
Rocco’s Tacos Debuts “Siete Por Siete” Happy Hour
Spring Events at Amara Cay
New Promos at Batch
Moe’s Brings Back Chili Con Queso
Apothecary 330 Kicks Off Tastemaker Series

KYU to Open in Wynwood


Former Zuma teammates Chef Michael Lewis and General Manager Steven Haigh are bringing a fresh concept to Miami with the opening of KYU. The wood-fired Asian grill will feature a diverse menu and focus on professional yet relaxed service and a commitment to green practices.

Located in the heart of Wynwood on 25th St., KYU is projected to open mid-February. Chef Lewis’s menu is influenced by years of global travel and inspired by Japanese and Korean yakiniku (literally translated to grilled meat in Japanese). The menu will feature a variety of grill specialties, seasonal locally sourced produce and new-style sashimi. Highlights include Duck Breast “Burnt Ends” with yuzu pickles; Wagyu Beef Brisket with black shichimi pepper; and Thai Fried Rice Stone Pot; balanced by lighter dishes such as Heirloom Tomatoes with red onion and shiso; Hamachi in white ponzu, green herbs and chili; and Crispy Spicy Snapper Tartare.

The plates are designed to be straightforward and shareable, enabling a warm social environment. Barbecue aficionados will notice elements of American Southern barbecue peppered throughout the menu including the traditional “slow and low” technique. A carefully curated cocktail list will feature variations of classic cocktails with clever Asian twists.

Pincho Factory Expands Into Broward

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Pincho Factory, Miami’s own fast casual success story, announces the first of many expansion endeavors in 2016: the opening of its first franchise store in Pembroke Pines. This location, which will opened to the public on Thursday, February 28, marks the brand’s first franchise store, as well as its first in Broward County.

Following the whirlwind of franchising bids created by their Amstel Light Burger Bash win at the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the team – cousins and business partners Nedal Ahmad, Otto Othman and Nizar Ahmad – was approached by a slew of franchise candidates.

Located in the corner of Hiatus and Pines Boulevard, Pincho Factory’s newest store offers the brand’s signature menu featuring their unique burgers and kebabs including the Pincho Burger, Tostón Burger, Tostones, Classic Fries and Sweet Potato Tater Tots. Menu highlights include Hot Dogs and Chicken Sandwiches and a popular “Chalkboard Special” serving a creative specialty item which changes monthly. In fact, some of the concept’s most popular items first began as chalkboard specials and are now infamous such as the Foreman, a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches, which is now part of their Secret Menu. The brand’s own brew, 627 Ale, locally brewed by Wynwood Brewery, is also offered on tap.

Spris Launches Hosts “Beat the Clock” Happy Hour


Spris Artisan Pizza’s Downtown location (200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33131) is hosting a Piñata Pizza Party celebrating its new “Beat the Clock” (BTC) deals and its new partnership with St.-Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday February 5th from 5 to 8pm on the plaza of Downtown’s Southeast Financial Center.

The happy hour celebration will include complimentary Peroni beer, food tasting, a chance to beat the 6-foot clock piñata and win $500 worth of gift certificates, and much more. A suggested donation of $20 will include full access to the event, a raffle ticket and will fund St.-Jude Children’s Research Hospital programs in Miami Dade. Tickets sold here.

Every day Spris Downtown and Midtown will offer a different menu item during its famous, and patented, “Beat The Clock” deal from 5:30pm to 7pmwhen you pay the price equivalent to the time you order – you order at 5:35pm, you pay $5.35. The daily BTC specials are:

–       Margherita pizzas on Mondays,

–       Prosciutto e Mozzarella on Tuesdays,

–       Diavola pizzas on Wednesdays,

–       Meatballs on Thursdays

–       Calamari Fritti on Fridays, and

–       Monday through Friday: half off pitcher of beer and bottle of wine

New Express Lunch at Verde

Beginning February 1, Verde at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will offer a prix-fixe express lunch option in conjunction with the PAMM’s new hours of operation on Mondays. Each Monday, diners can enjoy a specially curated lunch with Chef Kaytlin Brakefield with a stunning bayside view in 45 minutes or less.

This lunch is perfect for time-pressed locals and business executives looking to impress their guests. The price of the prix-fixe menu is $24 plus tax and gratuity and includes 2 courses and one beverage. Choices include wahoo ceviche, Perez chopped salad, Verde Farro Bowl and grilled chicken club.

Azul Launches Izakaya Nights

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Celebrating the Japanese roots of Chef Benjamin Murray, Azul at Mandarin Oriental, Miami will launch a new series of “Izakaya Nights” at the Five-Star restaurant, beginning on Thursday, February 4 and available every Thursday through March 31, 2016.

The weekly-rotating menu flawlessly fuses Japanese fare with Murray’s contemporary techniques, drawing influence from iconic dishes and ingredients. Highlights include delicate Gyoza dumplings filled with shortrib, miso, shrimp, scallion and togarashi, and Branzino served with kabocha squash, kalamansi, eggplant katsu and shiso, a Japanese mint-like herb Chef Murray cites as one of his favorite ingredients. Chirashi Don, a Japanese rice bowl, is served with yellowfin tuna, avocado, sushi rice, furikake and ponzu, and Croquettes of Okinawa Sweet Potato are lightly fried and served with piquant “Bulldog Sauce.” A dessert sampler will include Japanese-style Cotton Cheesecake, Wolfberry Coconut Mochi and Green Tea Ice Cream Sandwiches.

The innovative cocktail lineup includes concoctions prepared with a variety of advanced methods such as the Edible cocktail with sweet sake basil granita, the Japanese cedar Smoked cocktail with duck fat washed whiskey, and gin infused with hibiscus and lavender in the Infused concoction.

The Azul “Izakaya Nights” menu is offered at USD 55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity and includes four shareable plates plus dessert. Themed cocktails and sake pairings are available for USD 30 inclusive of two cocktails or USD 25 for sake.

Rocco’s Tacos Debuts ‘Siete Por Siete’ Happy Hour


Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar has launched a new ‘Siete Por Siete’ happy hour menu, featuring 7 delicous bar bites for only $7 each from 4-7pm daily (bar only).  Siete Por Siete options include: Camarones Patron, shimp sauteed in tequila and rojo chipotle butter sauce, served with flour tortillas; Flautas, crispy flour tortillas filled with your choice of chicken and chile de arbol salsa or beef and avocado ranch dipping sauce; Jalapeno Rellenos, crispy jalapeno poppers stuffed with cotija cheese, crema, Rocco’s spices, and more.

The bar bites are a great complement to Rocco’s Tacos booming happy hour that features $2 off drinks including their famous margartias, housemade sangria, beer, liquor and wine.

Spring Events at Amara Cay and Oltremare


Several exciting culinary events are taking place at Oltremare and Amara Cay Resort. Whether you want to learn the secrets behind making the perfect pasta with Chef Dario Olivera, or take a break from the kitchen and enjoy mouthwatering food and beverage options, Oltremare and Amara Cay have just what you are looking for. The events are also a great way to enhance a quick getaway to the Florida Keys.

Mangia with a Mentalist – January 29th – 30th, February 12th – 13th
Join Oltremare as they pair a delectable 3-course dinner with a journey through the world of ESP featuring Bastille the Mentalist. Dinner seating begins at 6:30pm followed by Showtime at 8pm. Mangia with a Mentalist is priced at $65, and $24 for the show only. For tickets, please visit or call (305) 644-0073.

Culinary Classes with Chef Dario – February 23rd, and March 29th
On the last Tuesday of every month, from 6pm to 7:30 pm, Chef Dario Olivera and a feature mixologist will be teaching guests to make homemade pasta, seafood specialties and craft cocktails. This class is priced at $35 per person. Due to limited seating, reservations are required.

Aged to Perfection – Friday, February 5th
Join Oltremare for an evening of fine spirits and cigars beginning at 7pm. Located beachside, this gathering pairs cigar samplings from The Florida Keys own, Rodriguez Cigars, with delicious dining from Oltremare Ristorante and a selection of bourbon, whiskey and rums. This event is priced at $55 per person.

Brews on the Beach – Friday, March 4th
In conjunction with the Islamorada Beer Company, Oltremare will be pairing delicious courses with local craft beers for an enticing dinner on the beach.

New Promos at Batch


Residents of Brickell know and love Batch Gastropub for its expansive cocktail list, delicious food menus, and fun atmosphere to watch a game. This year Batch has upped their late night ante with the addition of two promotional nights the ladies will love.

Fridays have been rebranded at Batch as “About Last Night,” an ode to the scandalous hash tag and Batch’s first true ladies night. Featuring an open bar from 11pm and 1am, women all over Miami will find themselves tearing up Batch’s new dance floor. The night stays sweet with $5 sangria, house wine, and bubbly for ladies all night. On top of that groups of girls 6+ will receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly by simply checking in via social media. The fun begins at 10pm!

Scofflaw Saturdays are an ode to the scofflaws of the Prohibition Era. Traditionally, a scofflaw is one who refuses to obey the law, specifically the anti-drinking laws of the 1920s. Batch encourages guests to swing back libations and dance every Saturday at 10pm. Ladies can enjoy an open bar from 11pm-1am, $5 house wine, sangria, and bubbly all night, and a complimentary bottle of bubbly for groups of girls 6 or more with social media check-in. Batch Gastropub is proud to be the neighborhood go-to until 4am on weekends.

Moe’s Brings Back Chili Con Queso


Moe’s Southwest Grill® announced the return of its fan favorite Chili Con Queso at more than 600 locations across the country, for a limited time only. A craveable combination of zesty cheese and spicy heat, Chili Con Queso is packed with flavor and features Moe’s famous white queso, juicy ground beef and diced fresh jalapenos, making it a perfect side or add-on to any Moe’s entrée.

With the addition of Chili Con Queso, Moe’s expands its menu offering of endless combinations, giving hungry guests yet another mouthwatering option to add to their snack, lunch or dinner order. This cheesy crowd pleaser makes an ideal chip-dipping side or can be added to any favorite menu item to create a Chili Con Queso burrito, burrito bowl, nacho platter, or taco—the choice is up to you!

Chili Con Queso is available at all Moe’s locations now through April 4, 2016.

Apothecary 330 Kicks Off Tastemakers Series


Cigar aficionados can blow off the work week stress at JEY Hospitality Group’s newest concept, Apothecary 330, located inside PizzaCraft, for“Deconstructed – A Night with Cigars and Whiskey” on Thursday, February 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will sample an array of Alec Bradley Cigar Co. cigars paired with hand-selected whiskeys from Hudson Whiskey to complement the different tobacco flavors.

There will be drink specials featuring Hudson Whiskey, America’s most prized spirits from the first New York distillery since Prohibition.  Hudson Whiskey was named the “Best Artisan Distiller of 2010” by the American Distilling Institute. Guests will be able to roam from the indoor cocktail lounge to the outdoor patio area for a leisurely evening filled with premium cigars and perfectly-aged whiskeys. Alec Bradley Cigar Co. will be deconstructing their cigars for guests to taste the fine flavors of tobacco and will have the highest standards of quality for a smoke that’s consistently rich in flavor and aroma.  Cigars will be available for purchase throughout the night.