New Miami restaurants: Amal, Crusoe Cabana and Evelyn’s

The latest round of new restaurants this week includes the opening of the Fort Lauderdale Four Seasons signature restaurant, Evelyn’s, and the grand opening of Amal in Coconut Grove and Crusoe Cabana Deluxe in Wynwood.

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3480 Main Highway, Coconut Grove

Restaurateur Charles Khabouth’s Lebanese roots are at the heart of Coconut Grove’s newest addition, Amal. The menu offers a gourmet approach to authentic Lebanese cuisine under the direction of Chef Wissam Baki, who brings over 15 years of experience in several renowned hospitality venues, including the InterContinental in Beirut. The menu offers modern interpretations of popular, generous and easily shareable dishes, to be enjoyed as one might through a traditional Lebanese table. Dips like hummus and baba ghanouj kick off the Amal experience, which continues with salads, warm mezes, kebabs and new twists on traditional entrees featuring lamb and seafood. Extensive wine selection overseen by Master Sommelier Fernando Zamudio offers guests a premium selection of national and international classics. The highlight of the establishment: a rooftop bar with a breathtaking panoramic view of Miami and Biscayne Bay. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Click to enlarge Seafood at Crusoe Cabana - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LOUIS COLLECTION

Seafood at Crusoe Cabana

Photo courtesy of the Louis Collection

Crusoe Cabana Deluxe

165 NW 23rd St., Miami

If Robinson Crusoe was stranded on the shores of Miami, he would surely find Crusoe Cabana Deluxe at Wynwood. As you’d expect, the name is an homage to Daniel Defoe’s novel, and the decor is designed to transport guests back to the 1700s for a pirate-themed dinner on a desert island. From a massive mermaid hanging above the dining room to murals of wrecked boats, there’s something to eat at this restaurant from the creators of El Patio and Bar La Real. The menu features seafood-centric dishes, from the “Don’t Be Shellfish” cold seafood sampler to “SoFishTicated,” a fried whole red snapper for two, and the “SeaReal Griller,” an assortment grilled shrimp, clams, black mussels, scallops and catch of the day topped with a green sauce. For late-night revelers, a “Drunk Late Menu” starts at 11:30 p.m. and offers select menu items until 2 a.m. Keep an eye on social media for the launch of the establishment weekend “Sunken Brunch”. Wednesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Click to enlarge Evelyn's is now open inside the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Fort Lauderdale.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF EVELYN

Evelyn’s is now open inside the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Fort Lauderdale.

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by Evelyne

525 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Evelyn’s, the signature restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale, is open all day and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service daily. The restaurant is named after Evelyn Fortune Lilly Bartlett, a South Florida socialite best known for naming her Fort Lauderdale home “Bonnet House” after the yellow water lilies that grow there. Executive Chef Brandon Salomon has moved from the Four Seasons in Palm Beach and its restaurant Florie’s. At Evelyn’s, he offers his diners an upscale approach to Eastern Mediterranean and Florida coastal cuisine. Meals start with shareable options like raw oysters and truffle hummus before moving on to larger plates like wood-smoked Australian Wagyu skewers and half a chicken marinated in turmeric-spiced yoghurt. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

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