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About Shanea Rakowski

I may not be a professional writer, but I consider myself a professional eater. I love to eat, read about food, travel, shop, take in the arts, and explore new places. Focusing mostly on Toronto, my home base, Miami, my second home and New York and Italy where I travel to the most, while also featuring other places I'm fortunate enough to visit, I'll share with you my most savoury tidbits along the way. Happy Dining!

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Shanea Savours: Nusr-Et Steakhouse

What is Miami's newest "it" restaurant of the moment? I would have to say Nusr-Et Steakhouse. Nusret Gokce, is one of the worlds most celebrated chefs - this legend has millions of followers on social media. Plus, he is a master butcher, who personally selects each and every cut of meat served at his various restaurants. He has chosen Miami for his first American location, and he found a home in the former Coya Restaurant at 999 Brickell Avenue, in the heart of Brickell...

Newly Open & Soon-To-Open Restaurants in Miami

Just when you thought you were all caught up with the latest restaurants in Miami, here comes a new list to keep you busy this season, straight from SocialMiami contributor Shanea Rakowski!
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Shanea Savours: Dizengoff

James Beard award winner Michael Solomonov's much anticipated and lauded hummus restaurant has come to Miami's hippest neighborhood, Wynwood, at 250 N.W. 24th Street. He initially opened in Philly in 2014. Solomonov also has a busy location that I have previously written about in New York in the Chelsea Market.

They have a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians, although there are some meat dishes as well. The light-as-air pitas are still baked up fresh in a hearth.
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Shanea Savours: Dashi

In March of 2017, Miami's newest Japanese dining concept opened within the complex of the River Yacht Club. The new restaurant is called Dashi, which calls itself a progressive Japanese restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Shuji Kiyakawa. Chef Shuji is a protege of Iron Chef Morimoto and was also the executive chef at Kuro at the Hard Rock Hotel...
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Shanea Savours: Valentino Italian Cucina in Ft. Lauderdale

I always tend to drive south for dinner and I have many of my followers ask me for recommendations for restaurants north of Miami, so I decided to venture to Fort Lauderdale for a change. I’ve always heard great things about Valentino Cucina Italiana, at 620 South Federal Highway. Ft. Lauderdale has never been known as a mecca for fine dining; it’s always had a shortage of sophisticated restaurants. Well, now it has Valentino where Chef/Owner, Giovanni Rocchio is creating some expertly prepared Italian dishes with a modern twist...
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Shanea Savours: Mignonette Uptown

The latest venture from Chef Daniel Serfer, the man behind Blue Collar restaurant, and the first Mignonette, has just opened Mignonette Uptown. It’s a boon to the area, drawing patrons from North Miami and it's environs.

Serfer’s restaurants are no frills, no attitude type of comfort food with a nostalgic vibe. Even though it was a quiet opening, people have found their way here quickly. The reason is simple – its fresh seafood and oyster bar...
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Shanea Savours: Pinch Kitchen

We really enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Pinch Kitchen located at 8601 Biscayne Blvd. The Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes have a wonderful provenance...Now they have opened this delightful homey, quaint and cozy little restaurant. You can tell they cook with passion as it shines through in all the well-cooked and flavorful dishes.

Pictured: Chocolate soufflé served inside a carved-out orange, with creme anglaise.
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Shanea Savours: Kaori

Patrons are in for a treat! Kaori by Walter Marino is Miami’s first 360-degree cinematography dining experience. The space is so aesthetically pleasing, with cutting edge technology, art, music and scents. The food presentation is most beautiful, a complete knockout in the terms of creativity.

Dubbed the “Millionaire Chef,” for creating the most expensive dish for an Arabian prince, Italian Chef Walter Marino has landed in Miami via Ibiza. This is his first restaurant and he has really gone above and beyond in the culinary entertainment area...
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Shanea Savours: Top Restaurants To Look For

Our resident restaurant connoisseur Shanea Rakowski introduces us to her favorites of last season, hot new restaurants and her list of "most anticipated" in South Florida for the Fall and Winter of 2016-2017.
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Shanea Savours: Le Zoo by Stephen Starr

Le Zoo restaurant by Stephen Starr is a French Brasserie with Mediterranean style dishes, with about 200 seats including indoors and outside patio. They offer classic bistro fare, such as, good, crusty French bread, French onion soup, steak tartare, steak and frites, chicken paillard, moules and frites, warm shrimp salad, cheese plates, and a good selection of charcuterie. There is also a nice seafood selection, such as crab, lobster, shrimps, oysters and stone crabs.
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Shanea Savors: Sugarfina

Aventura Mall in Miami keeps getting better and better. Now a new shop has opened on the lower level called Sugarfina. This is Florida’s first Sugarfina shop which now joins their 16 other retail locations. Sugarfina is a luxury candy boutique for grown-ups, featuring 150 plus gourmet sweets from small artisan candy makers from around the world. It was named the best candy shop by Food and Wine.
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