First Taste of Hotel Astor Downstairs; Versace Mansion Resto News

March 17, 2014 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News

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dish from the downstairs at hotel astor in miami
Find European-style fare like lamb loin Wellington at Hotel Astor's new The Downstairs. 

Hotel Astor's New Underground Hot Spot 

Head downstairs at the Art Deco Hotel Astor and you’ll find a completely transformed lounge—simply called The Downstairs—that is now a fine dining restaurant led by chef Chad Ford. The hot spot that debuted last Friday serves a European leaning menu with dishes like lamb loin Wellington with mushroom duxelle. Seating is communal style amid beautiful bookshelves and a slick leather-topped bar. Late-night DJs and themed music nights will hold court in the vinyl lounge. 956 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8395

Versace Mansion to Get a Kingly Restaurant  

The Versace Mansion is now home to The Villa By Barton G. and its Mediterranean restaurant, Il Sole, set to debut later this month. Expect decadent dishes served on Versace-designed Rosenthal China, with options including grilled swordfish and pistachio-seared Hawaiian ahi flown in daily from Honolulu, as well as three cuts of a Moroccan-spiced lamb tagine, lobster beet and burrata salad, and charred Calabrian octopus. 1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-576-8003

Porcão Farm to Grill Sets an Open Date 

The much-anticipated Porcão Farm to Grill is making its debut next month in Mary Brickell Village. Doubling as a Downtown dinner and nightlife spot, the restaurant will feature steakhouse-style dishes like a bone-in filet, as well as rolling carts with a raw bar, rotating cheese and charcuterie selections, and vegetable pickles that change weekly. The multi-venue newcomer will also offer light bites and cocktails al fresco at its Patio at Porcão; dancing upstairs at KAO Lounge; and sophisticated libations and cigars at the speakeasy-style KAO Smoke. 901 South Miami Ave., Suite 101, Miami, 305-779-2445

Rec Room Hosts Day and Night Breakfast Club for Miami Music Week 

As The Gale South Beach goes 24/7 for Miami Music Week, those seeking a late-night bite and beats can join the Breakfast Club at Rec Room. Taking place Thursday, March 27 through Saturday, March 29, the after-hours event will start with minimal techno sounds from M-Nus Records and rev up to deep house and techno beats featuring sets into the sunrise and breakfast bites courtesy of Dolce Italian.

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