It would take a while even to list the mediocre restaurants on Miami Beach, where second-rate branches of wheezing originals elsewhere replace anything even vaguely indigenous. So on a recent trip I was very happy to find a few newcomers that are dedicated to rise above the ordinary.
2395 Collins Avenue
Puerto Rican-born Jose Mendin’s lengthy résumé includes the opening of Nobu Miami and Nobu London, and a stint in Spain where he steeped himself in both traditional and modern Iberian cuisine. Upon his return to the U.S. Mendin helmed Sushisamba Miami Beach and a branch in Las Vegas, followed by Mexican concepts in Chicago and Miami.