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Miami's Most Picture-Perfect Restaurant

BY Riki Altman-Yee, Jen Karetnick & Luis R. Rigual with contributions by Lisa Petrillo | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

The feast is on! From dazzling debuts to dishes we can't get enough of, here are 50 reasons why Miami's dining scene is hotter than ever.

When it came to Chotto Matte, London restaurateur Kurt Zdesar’s first U.S. restaurant, the man spared no expense—after all, wow factor in Miami is a necessity, not a luxury. Zdesar tapped Andy Martin Architecture to create a space that would delight the most jaded of our city’s seen-it-all diners and nod to the Nikkei eatery’s Japanese and Peruvian influences. Mission accomplished. 1664 Lennox Ave., Miami Beach, 305.690.0743

That boulder behind the bar weighs approximately 19 tons and was shipped directly from Sicily and then lifted by crane into the restaurant through the roof. “Lava stone is used in kitchens in Japan, so this was a great material to pay homage to our Peruvian-Japanese heritage,” says Zdesar. “We try to be as real as we can in everything we do.”

“We tried to capture a jungle feeling as a nod to Peru, which backs onto the Amazon,” says Zdesar about the palms that rise toward the ceiling. “There’s nothing more beautiful than sitting under the shade of a tree, even when you are inside a restaurant.”

“We tried to capture a jungle feeling as a nod to Peru, which backs onto the Amazon,” says Zdesar about the palms that rise toward the ceiling. “There’s nothing more beautiful than sitting under the shade of a tree, even when you are inside a restaurant.”

The graffiti-inspired art on the wall is a collaboration between local artists Ahol Sniffs Glue and Gustavo Oviedo, who merged their distinct styles together to create a colorful mural.

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