International superstars Emilio & Gloria Estefan open Estefan Kitchen, a new fine-dining Cuban restaurant in the Miami Design District.
Helmed by Chef Odell Torres, who was recently named one of Miami’s Hot New Chefs by Ocean Drive Magazine, the menu offers reimagined versions of traditional Estefan family recipes, with dishes such as lechón flatbread, lechón crispy moros, vaca frita, braised short ribs and paella. Torres is also the executive corporate chef at the Estefans’ acclaimed restaurant Larios on the Beach & Bongos Cuban Café, and at Estefan Kitchen, he continues to showcase the cuisine of their native Cuba with bold flavors and locally sourced ingredients.
Located in Palm Court, one of the Miami Design District’s central hubs, Estefan Kitchen will present a rotating roster of live music and performing servers & bartenders, a nod to the Estefans passion for world-class entertainment. Based on a conceptual design by Emilio Estefan and Aldo Ducci of Arkiteko Co. The interiors are inspired by the beauty and promise of 1950s Cuba, paying homage to the vibrant design, culture and warmth of the era. Jose Vidal and Manuel Fernandez of V3 Architectural Group were responsible for overall architectural design, with Michele Gonzalez-Vidal, also of V3, rounding out the architectural team with her interior designs for the project.
The space is outfitted in a monochromatic scheme and boasts dramatic mosaic murals, an art deco column and a modern 34-seat, oyster shell-mosaic bar where guests can sip a variety of refreshing cocktails. The restaurant features an outdoor bar adjacent to the Palm Court showcasing art installations, providing an ideal spot to enjoy world famous mojitos or Cuban bites. The restaurant’s express café offers traditional Cuban “grab & go” items, cafecitos, traditional Cuban espresso drinks, fresh juices and healthy shakes.
With the opening of Estefan Kitchen, the Estefans bring their culinary heritage to one of Miami’s most creative neighborhoods, offering locals and visitors a one-of-a-kind dining experience in an inspiring setting.
The restaurant is located at 140 NE 39 Street, Palm Court, Miami Design District. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 am and the express café will be open at 9am.