You no longer have to travel too far for warm, heartfelt Greek hospitality. Escape to Greece as the award-winning MINA Group introduces its first Greek concept to South Florida, Ornos Estiatorio – bringing to life the sensory pleasures of a trip to the Greek Isles – the delectable fresh fish, beloved Mediterranean specialties, and genuine Greek hospitality. Led by award winning Chef Michael Mina and Las Vegas’ dynamic duo – Girair “Jerry” Goumroian and Chef Nikolaos Georgousis, the 160-seat neighborhood restaurant will sit in Aventura Mall’s now outdoor oasis and marks the first-of-its-kind restaurant opening in the area offering traditional, simplistic yet flavorful Greek cuisine.
Inspired by the laidback charms and warm hospitality of the Greek Islands, the welcoming restaurant aims to create a true authentic Greek experience by encouraging those to feel comfortable to put their elbows on the table, dip their bread in the fresh olive oil, dance along and laugh out loud with family and friends. Guests can escape to paradise through the restaurant’s unique experiences, such as pristine family-style dishes highlighting seafood, meats and vegetables, as well as three-course lunch menus, daily specials, a wood fire grill and a Mykonos-inspired soundtrack.
Bringing a cultural, fun experience from the islands, Ornos Estiatorio will be home to South Florida’s first Fish Sommelier to allow diners to experience the taste of a simple grilled fish. The seasoned professional’s passion for fishing will be hard to miss, as they will be responsible for sourcing the freshest fish from the Aegean Sea that will be delivered overnight, to finding hidden gems located within Florida’s local waters. Accompanied with an exclusive onsite fish cart to educate guests on finest specimens of the sea, the Fish Sommelier’s knowledge paired with Chef Nikolas’ expertise of Mediterranean flavors will bring the fish forward restaurant to life.
Ornos Estiatorio’s menu features the finest delicacies from Greek waters’ such as a lavraki (imported Greek sea bass), fagri (Mediterranean Snapper), astakos (lobster), and will include a raw bar displaying oysters, calamari, octopus and a wide selection of fresh fish. By land, the restaurant will offer several popular, traditional items such as lemon chicken, lamb shoulder, and classic spreads such as tzatziki, hummus, melizanosalata (roasted eggplant). For those looking to order for takeout or delivery, the experience travels seamlessly to your final destination offering a curated menu including avgolemono soupa (traditional egg-lemon soup), grilled octopus, grilled filet mignon, and more. For wine and spirits enthusiasts, the restaurant offers a special craft cocktail menu and feature a selection of Greek spirits, wines and beers.
The restaurant is open for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. on Tuesday’s – Sunday’s, and will be launching a lunch, brunch and happy hour menu in fall 2020. To make reservations to dine-in, please visit SevenRooms or call 786-697-1681. #escapetogreece #theornosexperience @ornosmia @chefmichaelmina @girairg