Eden Creates Culinary Paradise In South Beach

eden South Beach
210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Open seven days a week, serving brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner is served from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 12:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The kitchen is open throughout the day with bar menus being offered from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily and after dinner service until 1:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. For special bookings and advance reservations, please call 305.397.8760. For more information, please visit www.edensouthbeach.com.

SIP.TASTE.DRINK.DISCOVER. South Florida residents are about to be lured into temptation with the arrival of eden South Beach, a new “garden-to-table” eatery in the heart of Miami Beach. The locavore-inspired, Seasonal American restaurant, bar and lounge will restore the historic building at 210 23rd Street to reflect the mood of its lush, wilderness-like atmosphere, where all inhibitions are lost and eating from the garden is considered a standard, not a sin.

With the quintessence of paradise and the modern attitude of South Beach, owners Kelley Jones, acclaimed chef Christopher Lee, nightlife magnate Chuck Schafer and local entrepreneur Lawrence Rizzo are set to arouse South Florida’s dining and nightlife scene with something new to DISCOVER.

“We wanted to create a destination where guests can enjoy food, DRINK, nightlife and culture – all in one space,” said co-owner Jones, a hospitality industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. “We are proud to debut our concept in Miami; the location, energy and vibe made it the obvious choice for eden.”

The executive chef is James Beard Award-winning and Top Chef Masters alum Christopher Lee, known best for his artfully presented and refined take on national cuisine. The extensive menu, a combination of “New American Classics,” farm- and garden-fresh ingredients and artisan products at their seasonal peak, features simplicity at its finest.

“We’ve created a menu that revives traditional American favorites with modern interpretations that are inventive, yet restrained,” said Lee. “We want the menu to be approachable for everyone – simple yet vibrant with bright, bold TASTEs.”

eden South Beach’s menu is divided into three offerings: Temptations, 1st Courses and Main Courses. Temptations, plates meant for sharing, include Grilled Littleneck Clams with chile butter and toasted breadcrumbs ($12) and Blackened Chicken Quesadillas with avocado, pico de gallo and caramelized pineapple ($11). 1st Courses excite the palate with Crispy Calamari seasoned with curry and Thai sesame dressing and sprinkled with toasted coconut ($13), as well as Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made burrata cheese, pesto and aged balsamic ($12) and Beef Carpaccio with arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, pickled onions and drizzled with a truffle dressing ($18). Main Course dishes boast the best of Florida’s local and seasonal offerings and include Seared Yellowfin Tuna with aji amarillo, ratatouille and a warm orange vinaigrette ($32) and Braised Beef Short Ribs served with a potato puree, brussel sprouts, freshly grated horseradish and a red wine sauce ($35).

The sinful, house-made desserts offer playful indulgences such as Eve’s First Bite, a warm apple tart topped with crème fraiche and candied ginger ($8); Temptation’s Passion Fruit Cheesecake with sweet n’ salty macadamia nuts and caramelized bananas ($8); and an addictive Milk Chocolate Orange Pot de Crème served with warm sugar cookies ($9).

The food is the main event at eden South Beach, but the sensuous, urbane décor completes the experience. Renowned interior designer Andrew Alford of Dirty Lines Design Studio has infused a little good and little evil into the restaurant, bar and garden. Every detail, from the recurring snake depictions to the subtle integration of the taboo letter “X” throughout the dining room, and the kaleidoscope wallpaper print with images of arugula, purslane and frisee, has been carefully thought out to create a dynamic space that celebrates life as it relates to food, wine, nature and hedonism.

The private outdoor “Garden of Eden” offers a gracious, landscaped patio serving as the perfect backdrop for either an afternoon respite in one of the four cabanas, a two-course meal at a dining table or a late-night bite with cocktails and friends at the custom-made mirror, quartz and ceramic bar. An array of fresh herbs and “forbidden” fruits including papaya, rosemary, Meyer lemon, chives, key limes, mint, fennel, bananas, cilantro and more will be utilized in more than 20 percent of the menu and not only enhances the aromatic, al-fresco ambience but also offers guests a glimpse of what goes into the kitchen.

The 3,000-square-foot interior space features a palette of warm gray, black and white with bright emerald accents throughout, the latter inspired by chef Lee’s culinary color wheel. Guests will be greeted by a 10-foot feature wall draped in orchids and exotic greens mounted against silvery faux pony fur, the same color of the natural stone topped bar, which seats 10, and serves as the perfect place to enjoy one of eden South Beach’s exotic signature cocktails, made in-house, also sourcing the garden’s bounty. The comprehensive wine list includes more than 70 wines from around the world with a selection offered by the SIP, a two-ounce pour; taste, a six-ounce pour; drink, a bottomless glass; or discover, wine by the bottle. Skilled service professionals are on-site to suggest a perfect pairing for each guest’s plate and palate.

eden South Beach is an experience of food, drink, nightlife and culture featuring Seasonal American cuisines by CEO of Société Hospitality Kelley Jones (www.societehospitality.com), venerable James Beard Award-winning Chef Christopher Lee (www.chefchristopherlee.com), Colorado nightlife magnate Chuck Schafer and Miami-based entrepreneur Lawrence Rizzo. A fusion of progressive technique, farm-fresh standards and Lee’s distinguished aesthetic and precision, the restaurant’s menu of temptations draws notes from America’s melting pot of cultures to create inspired dishes with a “garden-to-table” approach.

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