Mina's Bourbon Steak opening 12/18 (Aventura)
(The "anything new coming to Dade" thread is out of control so I started a new thread for more detailed discussion since Mina is big time. I plan on trying Bourbon S soon and will post back)
Bourbon Steak, vaunted chef-restaurateur Michael Mina's first Florida foray, debuts Tuesday at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club -- the first time the Aventura property has opened its doors to the dining public. Mina has eight restaurants (Sea Blue, Nob Hill, Stripsteak) in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
The steakhouse-style menu includes ''Michael's Classics'' ($22-$46) like Maine lobster pot pie. Two South Florida restaurant veterans, executive chef Andrew Rothschild (The Forge) and general manager John Riccardo (Norman's) will have day-to-day charge of the 250-seater at 19999 W. Country Club Dr.; 786-279-6600.
I was unable to locate menu on Mina's website although he does have Bourbon Steak in Detroit.
You can make reservations on opentable.com and they have a profile
Damn thats expensive! Then again, it is Aventura... But come on already, $29 for fried chicken?!?!?!
Not for nothing, but where's the bourbon? As a bourbon connoisseur, I expected to see some bourbon on the menu in some dishes. Maybe the bar has an extensive list? I just got a bottle of the Holy Grail of bourbons - Pappy Van Winkle's 23yr. Its insanely good and pairs great with a nice seared foie gras and filet!
We live in the Aventura area, and belong to Turnberry for over 20 years and I think these prices are a disgrace...this is a hotel diningroom......in an adverage setting nothing special.....I wish him luck, but I don't think the small remaining membership will support this venue, and hotel guests will try it once, maybe.....where is his customer base going to come from? Not the Aventura early bird crowd....
I definitely don't think it's the typical Aventura crowd they're aiming for. Apparently Michael Mina has a deal with Fairmont resorts (he's opening another Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale) and I don't know if they're going to start marketing Turnberry to a younger crowd. I really enjoyed Nobhill in LV and it seems like that's the type of place that would've done well at Turnberry, but we'll see.
Folks have tried high-end in the Aventura condo/resort area before and so far it's never worked. I think back to Larry Forgione when he was absolutely on the top of his celeb status and he opened An American Place, I think in the Jockey Club, and it was closed within a year.
Maybe things have changed, but I'm dubious that these folks fully understand the demographic. I don't think it's that good food can't survive in that area (Timo in Sunny Isles is one of my favorites and has been going strong for several years now), but I'm still not sure it's the right place for the ultra-high-end conspicuous spending type of place.