The Garden Restaurant-Lounge Debuts in South Beach

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A courtyard eatery with seating for 200, the Garden debuted last month in Miami Beach with a Mediterranean-inspired menu, late night dining, and live entertainment.

The new restaurant is located inside the Art Deco Boulan hotel. “We wanted to create a concept that highlights the best of what South Beach has to offer,” said Shawn Vardi, CEO of Think Hospitality, which owns both the restaurant and the hotel. “We wanted to create an outdoor setting with an innovative menu, a lounge atmosphere, and interactive entertainment to bring it all together.”

Vardi said the group planned the venture for a few years before launching it. “We’ve always wanted to do something with the space, it just took us sometime time to build it into a garden to walk into and feel like you could be anywhere in the world.”.

A 5,000-square-foot eatery, the Garden is enlivened with a jungle-inspired look combining palm trees and related decor. Red lighting reflects off the over-water stage at the restaurant’s center, where interactive performance artists and musicians create a multi-sensory experience.

The menu, described by Vardi as “Mediterranean food with a kick” is curated by chef Genry Garcia, who’s been helming the kitchen at Think Hospitality’s Orange Blossom eatery since 2013.

The Garden’s menu opens with an appetizer list featuring oysters ($3.50); tuna tartare tossed soy sauce, sweet chili sesame oil, lemon juice, and mango served on a bed of seaweed salad ($16); and salmon tartare combining Indian curry aioli and served with naan bread ($15).

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Lamb chops

Courtesy of The Garden

The main course of three mushroom risotto made with portobello, crimini, shiitake mushrooms, truffle oil, and Parmesan ($28) is one of the eatery’s standouts. Other dishes include lamb chops ($38); mussels with white wine, shallots, garlic, and hand-cut fresh fries ($28); and salt-crusted whole branzino for two, which is deboned and filleted tableside ($65). Another highlight is a dish of pasta pomodoro, prepared tableside in a Grana Padano Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheel ($26).

Desserts at the Garden include a 24-karat coconut crisp topped with pineapple marmalade, cinnamon crumble, and coconut chips ($18) and chocolate mousse served in a martini glass ($15).

Pair your meal with a bottle from the extensive wine list or a cocktail made with a cocktail such as the Amazonian, made with Leblon cachaça, lime, and fresh jalapeño; and Wild Thing, a mix of Grey Goose vodka, peach puree, lime, and cranberry juice ($15 each).

The Garden also  features DJ live music after 11 p.m., along with bottle service.

The Garden. 220 21st St. Miami Beach; 786-860-7178; 6 to 11 p.m.Thursday; 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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