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Eva Serves Up Mediterranean Delights in Miami

Diners are encouraged to mix, match, and share.

Michael Beltran is best known for his New American cuisine that incorporates his Cuban roots with his formal culinary training. So, the Mediterranean menu at his newest Miami establishment, Eva, initially seemed like a stretch. But considering Beltran’s flagship restaurant, Ariete, has two Michelin stars, diners can rest assured they are in capable hands no matter the fare.

To create Eva’s menu, Beltran enlisted the help of executive chef Ashley Moncada to develop dishes with strong influences from Greece, Turkey and beyond. The menu took about a year and a half to finalize, says Beltran who confides that there were more than a dozen menus drafted before he and Moncada landed on the winning one. “Chef Ashley loves this cuisine and she understands it.”

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Sharing Plates

Eva’s menu is divided into Dips & Breads, Garden, Meat, and Seafood but diners are encouraged to mix, match, and share. Every dish can work as a side or main, and dishes arrive at the table as they come from the kitchen, making Eva the perfect spot for a leisurely dinner with friends. The mushrooms are a perfect example: roasted mushrooms are accompanied by mushroom hummus, chimichurri, and cracked wheat. The dish does double duty as a hearty main dish for vegetarians or a sharable side when paired with the lamb chop or octopus. Whatever you do, save room for the “seashell” pistachio Baklava for dessert.

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Pre-Game Your Meal at the Adjacent Oyster Bar

Adjacent to Eva is the 20-seat Oyster Bar. This little gem is the perfect place to get your evening started. The menu is as concise as the Oyster Bar is intimate — slurp down a dozen oysters from a daily selection, or order a clam dip or lobster roll along with a gin mule or a boozy snow cone. Don’t miss the weekday happy hour, where well spirits and wine are just $9, oysters $1.50, and beer $6 from 4 to 7 p.m.

A Part of the Neighborhood

Eva is located in CocoWalk, at the very center of Coconut Grove. The tree-lined neighborhood is very special to chef Beltran and is home to most of his restaurant and bar concepts. “The Grove is amazing,” says Beltran. “It’s the last walking city in all of Miami.” Beltran calls Coconut Grove his home base, saying that his roots are in Miami’s “most magical neighborhood.” Walk off your meal at Eva with a stroll through the Grove to complete your evening.

Cocktails and Wine

For a truly immersive experience, cocktails are infused with flavors and ingredients from the Mediterranean. Mastiha, which gets its flavor from the mastic tree found in the Greek Islands, is paired with vodka, elderflower liqueur, and cucumber for the Narkisos cocktail, while the Me Joolie flavors bourbon with sweet and spicy notes from Medjool dates, cardamom bitters, and oranges. Wine Director Adrian Lopez has curated a selection of more than three dozen wines from Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Italy, and Palestine.

Though everything on the menu is delicious, Beltran shares a few favorites that can’t be missed. Start with a crunchy red and green cabbage salad with Marcona almonds, starfruit tahini, and mint. He’s also a fan of the whole grilled chicken, served with charred green peppers, harissa yogurt, and pita bread, so everyone can make their own custom pita pockets. Finally, Beltran recommends the pork schnitzel, a fried pork chop served with shaved cabbage salad, orange tahini, and grilled lemon.

Where: Inside CocoWalk, 3105 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove

Phone: 305.603.9009

Website: evacoconutgrove.com

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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.”

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