At Mila, the New Brunch Concept Encourages Tasting, Sharing and Bubbly

What can you do to brunch that’s new? Leave it to Mila, the 2-year-old South Beach hotspot set on a lush, transporting rooftop just south of Lincoln Road.

One thing, though: Patrons must commit to lingering.

The MediterrAsian brunch menu is a two-hour, multicourse experience, including a generous selection of dishes, all meant to be shared, slowly enjoyed, and reordered upon request. Right at the outset, it should be noted that Mila is such a gorgeous indoor-outdoor space that it would be difficult to imagine rushing through a meal. In a nearly monochromatic neutral palette, the décor relies on dramatic, organic shapes—the tables, the ceiling cutouts, and even the bulbous glass pendants are freeform.

Even the prix-fixe menu is freeform: Once you choose your Champagne or rosé package (selections include Piper Heidseck 1785 Brut, Laurent Perrier Brut rosé and Krug “grand cuvée”), additional cocktails are also on offer—bloody Marys, espresso martinis, mimosas and bellinis. The menu is more than ample—encompassing reinventions of old classics like eggs benedict (egg in a jar) to heartier entrees like short ribs and toriyama wagyu and beef tenderloin with creamy ponzu.

But given the generosity of the menu, it might be wise to keep things light, and gravitate to the seafood and vegetarian choices. Standouts include the branzino tataki with chili ponzu aioli; avocado tartare with pickled red onions and toasted bread; and the miso-marinated Chilean sea bass in sauce vierge. At Mila’s, the table wouldn’t be complete without blistered shishito peppers with tosazu miso and the soba noodle salad with artichokes and pesto.

The experience is most magical when you bring plenty of friends—and convince each other, over ample rosé. to merely taste (and not fill up) throughout. That way you might actually have room for the Nutella waffle for dessert.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.