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FOOD, WINE & DINE NEW TO THE SCENE: La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chefs: Diego Oka, Executive Chef Gaston Acurio, Chef/Owner La Mar by celebrity chef Gaston Acurio features authentic Peruvian dishes ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood ceviche — all in a high-energy setting with dramatic views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Menu suggestion: Lamp Chop Seco, grilled lamb chops with anticuchera sauce. Adobo, slow cooked beef cheeks. La Mar is located at 500 Brickell Key Drive in Miami. Call 305.913.8288 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/miami. AQ by Acqualina Chef: Dewey LoSasso, Executive Chef Featuring an open dining room with marble tabletops, a charming outdoor veranda with romantic lighting and striking views of the Atlantic, the newly opened AQ by Acqualina offers guests a sophisticated and intimate dining experience with a sprawling menu of farm-to-table Modern American fare by acclaimed chef Dewey LoSasso, who is known for his imaginative cuisine, fresh flavors and artful presentations. Menu Suggestion: 20 Hour Charred Octopus Crostini. Pan Seared Black Grouper. AQ by Acqualina is located inside Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach at 17875 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach. Call 305.918.8000 or visit www.acqualinaresort.com. Perfecto Gastrobar Chef: Oscar Manresa, Chef/Owner Inspired by the city of Barcelona, Perfecto Gastrobar offers an irresistible Spanish ambience in the heart of downtown Miami. Featuring rustic, wood-accented walls, an open kitchen behind the bar and an outdoor terrace with intimate sofas, Perfecto is the ideal spot for joining friends for traditional Spanish tapas like Patatas Bravas and Croquetas de Pollo. Menu Suggestion: Jamón A Cuchillo 5 J’s, a hand-carved bellota ham. Paella Mediterránea, a Mediterranean-style paella. Perfecto Gastrobar is located at 1450 Brickell Ave. in Miami. Call 305.372.0620 or visit perfectomiami.com. 40 july/august 2014 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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