New Restaurant: Haven Gastro-Lounge

—Vanessa Martin | May 9, 2011 | The Latest Homepage Latest

1 - New Restaurant: Haven Gastro-Lounge
The lounge at Haven Gastro-Lounge

Lincoln Road welcomed chef Todd Erickson's much-hyped Haven Gastro-Lounge this weekend. Erickson's globe-trotting menu, made up entirely of small plates, features locally sourced ingredients with a molecular slant. Décor is futuristic and fun with scenes from nature and rock and roll projected onto the walls and 1,000 frosted ice cube-shaped lights dotting the ceiling.

Try the crackle-pop, a spicy tuna roll packed with crispy rice, diakon and yuzu schichimi aioli. And if you prefer turf to surf, the artisan sliders do not disappoint. Options include a classic prime beef and bacon slider topped with guacamole, tomato and Vermont cheddar; a duck and quail egg number with foie gras butter and parsley shallot salad; and a lamb burger slightly sweetened by lavender-coriander honey and apple fennel slaw with ouzo mustard. If you’re going the slider route, you might also try Erickson’s grown up tater tots with bleu cheese, chives and balsamic ketchup.

Cocktails, served at a Siberian onyx bar, are complex and delicious. If you like a little spice, go for the Fever made with jalapeño-infused Grey Goose La Poire, lychee and pear prosecco. For dessert, Erickson has a rotating flavor selection of nitrogen blasted ice creams with fun toppings like Captain Crunch. 1237 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-987-8885

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