“I can’t wait to unleash this factor,” chef Mario Carbone says of Soiled French Steakhouse, the luxurious restaurant that Main Meals Group is opening on Miami’s Brickell Avenue Friday. “It’s completely over-the-top. It’s a hybrid of some totally different concepts, however it’s taking Soiled French as we all know it in New York and turning the amount means, means, means up.”
Carbone and his Main Meals Group companions, chef Wealthy Torrisi and restaurateur Jeff Zalaznick, are channeling Miami Vice vibes whereas making a grand steakhouse expertise. Soiled French Steakhouse showcases all types of extravagance, together with a number of rooms with ornate more-is-more Ken Fulk designs and captains sporting pink tuxedos. There are Seventies Saturday Evening Fever-esque disco beats that transition into Nineteen Eighties pop bangers from Madonna and Duran Duran as nights progress. After which there’s the meals.
“This was actually the subsequent section of the evolution for the idea that we all the time needed to do,” Zalaznick says. “Let’s flip this into a correct steakhouse with the Soiled French twist and produce a number of the Soiled French hits however nonetheless have each nice dish you’re anticipated to have at a steakhouse, simply achieved our means.”
So together with Soiled French classics like an elaborate hen dish the place the chicken is served with crepes and the darkish meat comes out individually, there are $500-plus Snake River Farms tomahawks and prime cuts from famed butcher Pat LaFrieda offered on big silver trays. There are enormous raw-bar towers stacked with shrimp cocktails, lobster cocktails, oysters and extra, and facet dishes from melted leeks to an assortment of potato preparations.
And there’s no scarcity of tableside aptitude.
“There’s going to be a lot of tableside strikes,” Zalaznick says. “There are a variety of carts transferring across the eating room. There are champagne carts. There are salads, crab Louie salads being achieved tableside. There are prime rib carts.” Plus, pastry chef Stephanie Prida’s festive desserts embody a number of which are flambéed tableside.
This restaurant is a steakhouse above all else, however it’s additionally a spot for celebratory feasts with Dover sole meunière and duck à l’orange. Massive shareable dishes will contribute to the full of life occasion ambiance that Main Meals Group needs to instill right here.
“It’s an old-school, kind of French steakhouse meets Miami Vice Nineteen Eighties,” Carbone says. “The place these two issues collide is that this pink-tuxedoed, ruffled-shirt captain asking in the event you’d wish to preorder your souffle after you’ve ordered your çote de boeuf whereas the Miami Vice soundtrack is taking part in.”
The placement at 1200 Brickell Avenue is very important for Carbone and Main Meals Group as a result of it’s close to 888 Brickell Avenue, the place the hospitality firm is engaged on its first residential constructing. Generally known as Main, that skyscraper can be 1,049-feet excessive, making it the tallest constructing within the metropolis. Along with conceptualizing the residential models with JDS Improvement Group, Main Meals Group will create unique meals and beverage experiences all through the constructing.
“I feel that is the start of us having a really giant presence within the neighborhood, between the constructing and all of the eating places and facilities and personal golf equipment,” Zalaznick says.
Within the meantime, Main Meals Group is solidifying its presence on Miami Seashore (the place it made its Miami debut with Carbone final 12 months) with an bold, four-night, $3,000-per-ticket pop-up supper membership constructed atop the sand. Carbone Seashore will happen on March 5 to eight, throughout Method 1 Miami week, and have Carbone classics, performances from distinguished shock visitors and an unlimited caviar bar with ice sculptures.
“We’re going all-out and celebrating Carbone at its most stage throughout this loopy F1 weekend,” Zalaznick says. “It’s like going to the best feast you’ve ever been to. It’s like The Nice Gatsby meets Carbone.”
Retro lavishness is a recurring theme for Main Meals Group. Carbone says Soiled French Steakhouse’s inspirations embody Maxim’s in Paris, a celebrated restaurant that legendary clothier Pierre Cardin ran for greater than three many years.
The Fulk-designed areas inside Soiled French Steakhouse start with the Jungle Bar, which is draped in a tropical-leaf sample. Then there’s a principal eating room with burnt orange velvet, an adjoining eating parlor with aubergine velvet banquettes and a personal eating room with floor-to-ceiling mosaic mirrored “disco ball” partitions, amongst different hanging components.
“It’s transportive,” Carbone says of the decor. “The second you stroll in, you’re taken out of the place you had been. And now it’s a clean canvas for us to carry you someplace.”