The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
MO’ MOMO Sushi lovers should make the most of Momo Sushi Shack’s pop-up at the Mondrian South Beach; the 800-square-foot eatery with three communal tables lasts through October. The Michelin Guide gave its original, five-year-old restaurant in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood a major shout-out, and its partners are serious about flying in seafood daily from Tokyo. Temaki includes Hakkaido scallop with tempura flakes. Gunkan (warship-shaped) maki comes with sea urchin or fattier, chutoro-level bluefin, among four types of tuna, and quail egg yolk. Meat eaters order wagyu beef nigiri, while coconut miso-marinated black cod warms the belly. Momo shows an appreciation for its vegan clientele, too, through rolls with mushrooms and avocado; or chopped veggies, homemade tofu cream cheese and herbs. Stop off for a Japanese whiskey nightcap at the hotel’s Sunset Lounge.
PROUD ITALIAN Florentine fashion label Ermanno Scervino launched its first U.S. store in Bal Harbour Shops. Décor follows the brand’s global design of smoked glass, concrete and lots of shiny surfaces from steel to mirror. A Murano glass chandelier hangs in the octagonal, private dressing room. A native of Milan, self-taught designer Ermanno Daelli cofounded his namesake company for men’s and women’s contemporary clothes and accessories all unbelievably made in Italy in 2000. So how did Miami win out over New York and Los Angeles? Its cool factor and prime geographic location according to his business partner Toni Scervino. Though the brand is considering other U.S. cities, Barcelona, Moscow, Dubai and Asia are next for its retail expansion plan to bring the total number of boutiques to 50 by year’s end.
POSER PAYDAY Miami Spa Month just ended yet the wellness perks keep coming. Thanks to September being National Yoga Month, spas and fitness centers are offering all kinds of initiatives to strike a pose. When locals book a spa treatment at Turnberry Isle Miami—its coconut or mango-scented Tropical Massage sounds tempting—they receive a complimentary morning yoga class. Exhale Downtown Miami celebrates its namasDAY on September 24, with complimentary evening yoga classes, including exhale Power, exhale Flow and exhale Chill, as well as live music, mini spa treatments and libations like TY KU Sake; receive 25% discounts all month long by booking class packages and spa services online. It’s a taste of the grand opening for exhale’s third Miami location at Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour in November.
HALES NAILS After exploring Asian cuisine through his popular concepts Blackbrick and Sakaya Kitchen in Midtown Miami, chef restaurateur Richard Hales heads south of the border for his new downtown eatery Centro Taco. A purist, whether it’s dim sum or Mexican street fare, he grinds and presses tortillas of non-GMO maize daily and lovingly fills them with everything under the sun: traditional (al pastor, beer-battered fish), exotic (Florida alligator), and vegan (fried avocado and Meatless Monday’s cauliflower tinga). Salsas and spices are blended in-house, and produce, seafood and meat are sourced locally from purveyors like Proper Sausages and Verde Gardens. Queso fundido combines Oaxaca and jack cheeses with extras from chorizo to sweetbreads, while the menu’s raw bar section features chilled lobster tail and salmon lox tostada with caviar.