An Unforgettable Evening at Juvia

March 19, 2012 | by —Marcia Frost
photograph by Ivan Nava
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The terrace at Juvia

New penthouse eatery Juvia is bringing a whole new flavor to the 1111 Lincoln Road garage rooftop. Stepping out of the building’s private elevator and into the 10,000 square-foot restaurant, diners are led through the terrace lounge, anchored by a remarkably lush, Amazonian-inspired plant wall, and into the main dining room amid sweeping views of Miami Beach.  

Elsewhere in the dining room is an open kitchen and casual seating that belies the restaurant's truly French service. With a mix of Asian (executive chef Sunny Oh), French (executive chef Laurent Cantineaux), and South American (owners Jonas and Alexandra Millan) flair, the menu has a bevy of seafood dishes, such as rock shrimp served in a spicy curry sauce and a sea bass so delicately prepared that it melts in your mouth.

Owners Jonas and Alexandra (famous for Bonito restaurant in St. Barths) named the restaurant after a nut tree in their native Brazil. For their culinary team, the pair chose Cantineaux for his pedigree as a protégé of Daniel Boulud and Oh for his ten plus years experience running the kitchen at Nobu South Beach.         

The menu changes regularly, but French delicacies can be found in the form of pork confit and feather light foie gras. And an iceberg salad topped with pancetta, figs, gorgonzola cheese, and flaky lobster salad is pure heaven. Also stellar were the side dishes: vegetable cassoulet, freshly grilled vegetables, and sweet and savory couscous.    

The impressive cocktail menu boasts specialties such as pear sangria, made with sauvignon blanc, Asian pears, and St. Germain, and Juvia’s signature Purple Rain, a combination of vodka and purple Peruvian corn. Take your cocktail at the bar inside the main dining room and you might just be treated to a stargazer’s view, courtesy of a retractable roof. 

Save room for dessert. Treats such as the chocolate candy bar and apple tart with homemade ice cream are well worth the indulgence. 1111 Lincoln Road

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