Mandrake Miami, a new restaurant-and-lounge from the owners of Kiki on the River, brings top notch modern Asian cuisine, high-energy vibe and sophisticated ambiance that the group has mastered with their various projects. Conceptualized by nightlife pro Roman Jones, Aris Nanos & Mark Lehmkuhl, Mandrake is both an escape from the ordinary and a unique setting unseen on South Beach. Comprised of multiple distinct spaces, the 5,000 square foot restaurant features a sushi bar, a formal dining room and a lush outdoor garden patio.
Walking through the turquoise-colored front doors adorned with antique Chinese door knockers feels like stepping into the covert underground hideaway of an Asian restaurant in a bustling metropolis. A life size gold statue of a gorilla greets guests at the main bar while teal-colored subway tiles and Chinese neon phrases adorn the wall.
A sushi bar helmed by NOBU alums will churn out a menu of traditional sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls alongside Izakaya-style small plates. There is a well-curated selection of sakes by the glass and bottles as well as a selection of Japanese beers; and of course, wine by the glass or bottle.
A hallway clad in vintage Chinese wooden gates and Japanese cherry blossom branches overhead leads to the main dining room hidden behind velvet drapes for a dramatic and upscale dining experience. In the main dining room, find larger dish items like whole fish tempura and a 32-ounce Tomahawk ribeye steak.
Mandrake Miami is open for dinner six days a week, Monday – Saturday from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. For reservations visit www.mandrakemiami.com or call 305-397-8036. #MandrakeMiami