What was once a historic pump house is now one of Morningside’s most charming restaurants. Late last year, restaurateur Mark Soyka opened Café Roval just a stone’s throw away from his eponymous concept, and it’s taken the neighborhood by storm ever since. The vast venue features an equally vast menu comprised of tasty Mediterranean fare and a creative “cocktail” menu by master mixologist Douglas Beedoo.
Last week, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought in chefs from around the country — and the world. Among them was Uri Jeremias, the internationally acclaimed Israeli chef known for his fish and seafood restaurant, Uri Buri, in Acre, Israel.
As part of the SOBEWFF official event lineup, Chef Jeremias hosted a Mediterranean dinner with another international superstar chef — Aret Sahakyan — and Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House’s Sergio Segala. Earlier that same week, Chef Jeremias and two local chefs treated diners to an intimate meal at Café Roval. We were fortunate enough to be a part of that dinner, which featured dishes by Daniel Ganem (Quality Meats; Zuuk) and Café Roval’s own Peter Fred.