The new and improved restaurant space has ample seating for diners, with a beautifully renovated courtyard and dining room with seating for up to 200 guests. The expanded dining room faces out on 40th Street, giving prime views of the Miami Design District.
Michael Schwartz and the team at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink worked alongside designer Marcela Lombana to create this new culinary oasis. Together they made sure to keep some of the restaurant’s most recognizable and original decor including the red-accented walls and artwork including the refurbished Carl Myers coin mosaic.
Schwartz expressed his excitement for this renovation and future of the restaurant when saying, “Every restaurant needs to evolve, and after 14 years we felt it was time for Michael’s Genuine to undergo a refresh and expansion. We doubled the size of our kitchen to accommodate a growing team that will create the dishes that have kept our guests coming back time and time again. It was essential to keep the spirit of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink alive in all aspects. We’re excited to provide an even more genuine experience to our guests just in time to celebrate our 15th anniversary.”
Many of the restaurant’s most popular dishes will still be featured on the menu, but Schwartz, Senior Director of Culinary Bradley Herron and Executive Chef Dillion Wolff have spent some time revamping the menu, adding many new exciting dishes. Highlights of the new menu include Whole Roasted Tuna Collar which is prepared Sicilian style, served alongside wood-roasted camembert, golden chanterelle mushrooms, garlic toast; a Long Cooked Squash with harissa, tomato, caraway, basil crispy garlic and a Lamb Massaman Curry served with thai fried egg salad and jasmine rice. The restaurant’s most beloved items including the Stracciatella, Wood Oven Roasted Octopus and Pan Roasted Poulet Rouge will still remain as highlights to the diners and chefs alike.
In addition to those amazing menu updates, the restaurant will now feature a market table section that will be serving seasonal vegetables including roasted and marinated fennel and chilled dashi-cooked turnips.
The restaurant officially reopens on December 1 for dinner and the Miami community is so excited for the return of one of the most favored restaurants.