MIAMI, Fla. (June 30, 2022) — Festivities are in order as LEKU, the internationally lauded establishment known for bringing the pleasures of eating in Spain’s enchanting Côte Basque to Miami, prepares to toast to their second year as South Florida’s premier fine dining destination. In celebration of this momentous occasion and in tribute to their recent recognition by the 2022 MICHELIN Guide and newly announced winning title of Wine Spectator’s 2022 Award of Excellence, LEKU will preview their lunch and dinner menus in early support of Miami Spice Restaurants Months 2022 beginning on Friday, July 1. The restaurant promotion organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s generally runs from August 1st to September 30th and offers local and tourists alike a special once a year opportunity to relish in signature dishes from exclusive restaurant partners offering three-course menus at favorable prices.
In addition to LEKU’s all-day a la carte menu and LEKU Sharing Experience, patrons can anticipate a delectable three-course Miami Spice lunch menu ($28 pp) entailing a choice of appetizer between Tartar de Remolacha, beet tartare, olive oil caviar, herb emulsion; Cracker de Tomate de Temporada + Albahaca, seasonal tomato and basil cracker, basil emulsion; and Puerros Confitados ala Catalana, confit of leeks, rosemary and sage, with whole grain mustard. Main course offerings will include Tortilla Española Trufada, a truffle Spanish omelette; Short Rib Sliders en Pan de Leche, short rib sliders, milk bun; Carrillera de Ternera Wagyu, braised Wagyu veal cheeks, sweet potato mash, crispy chips; or Salmon + Coliflor, salmon fillet “a la plancha” cauliflower pil pil, sunchokes ($10 supplement). To conclude the meal on a sweet note, guests will choose from the decadent Helado de Leche Ahumada, smoked ice cream, cold pressed beet juice; or LEKU’s legendary Tarta de Queso Vasca, smoked cheese tart ($6 supplement).
For those seeking a chic evening experience, guests can select from two separate three-course Miami Spice dinner menu options (priced at $45 pp or an elevated meal at $60 pp). Starter offerings will include Gambas Al Ajillo, Key West pink shrimp in garlic sauce ($10 supplement); Ensaladilla de Patatas con Salmon Curado, Basque potato salad, house-cured salmon, trout roe, prawn, tuna, egg; and Terrina de Foie Gras de Pato, foie gras terrine dusted with corn nuts, Pedro Ximenes marmalade ($5 supplement), among others. Enjoy entrée staples such as the Baccalao Confitado en su propio Pil Pil, confit cod in its own pil pil; Arroz de Setas a la Brasa, wild mushroom rice; Carré de Cordero a Baja Temperatura, slow-cooked rack of lamb au jus; and more. To complement the meal, desserts such as the palate pleasing Goxua, a traditional Basque cake with méringue and caramelized custard, as well as Tarta de Chocolate, chocolate ganache tart, are worth the indulgence.
In addition to their inventive cuisine, LEKU’s beverage program is in a class of its own featuring innovative libations and sophisticated wine offerings as recently recognized by Wine Spectator. To complement their boldly executed dishes, LEKU’s thoughtful wine list includes bottles from Agusti Torrelo Mata “Kripta Lux,” Itsasmendi “Bat Berri” Bizkaiko Txacolina, Alvaredos-Hobbs Rivera Sacra Godello to Ramirez de Ganuza Gran Reserva, Vega Sicilia & Benjamin de Rosthchild “Macan” and Chateau-Figeac, Premier Grand Cru, Saint-Emilion.
LEKU is an industrial-style haven that encompasses an indoor-outdoor main dining room, courtyard and Magic Garden area adorned with artistic masterpieces at every corner. Nestled in the notable Rubell Museum within the burgeoning Allapattah neighborhood, the celebrated Basque concept helmed by Executive Chef Mikel Goikolea has quickly become one of Miami’s most favored locales that institutes fresh, full-flavored seasonal local ingredients and refined cooking methods based on tried-and-true techniques. Their native Spanish cooking traditions also incorporate their newly anointed wood fired Josper outdoor double grill, the first of its kind in South Florida and the same legendary grill used by the Spanish Basque Country’s Michelin Starred and #3 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Asador Etxebarri. The transformative power of the Josper’s embers and flames guarantee to grill morsels of meat, seafood and vegetables to pure perfection. Housed within the luscious outdoor seating landscapes, the majestic grill embraces the healthy and flavorful methods of upscale grilling symbolic of grilling restaurants commonly known as “asadores” in the Basque Country.
LEKU is owned by an impressive international group of veteran restaurant and hospitality professionals who understand the level of excellence needed to run a successful fine-dining establishment. The ownership group includes Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management; Alejandro Muguerza of Le Basque Catering in Miami; Andreas Schreiner of Schreiner Hospitality; Terry Zarikian of the New York and South Beach Wine & Food Festivals, and Executive Chef Mikel Goikolea, formerly of Azurmendi Prêt à Porter. The Basque cuisine at LEKU follow the guiding principles learned from the fathers of Basque cooking including Juan Mari Arzak (Arzak), Martin Berasategui (Martin Berasategui), Pedro Subijana (Akelarre) and Karlos Arguiñano (Karlos Arguiñano). These methods have been revisited by a new generation of chefs, such as Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi) and Victor Arguinzoniz (Asador Etxebarri).
LEKU is located at 1100 NW 23rd Street in Miami and is open for daily for lunch service Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner service is available Wednesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, please visit lekumiami.com and follow along at @LekuMiami. To learn more about the Rubell Museum, please visit rubellmuseum.org and follow along @rubellcollection.
ABOUT The Rubell Museum
Opened in 2019 with a museum-wide installation of works from that chronicle key artists, moments, and movements in vital arts centers over the past 50 years; The Rubell Museum encompasses more than 300 works by 100 artists, providing one of the most far-ranging museum exhibitions of contemporary art ever presented, and is drawn entirely from Rubell’s expansive collection of over 7,200 works by more than 1,000 artists. The Rubells’ collection provides an unprecedented roaming range that has enabled them to organize 48 exhibitions drawn entirely from the paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations of which it is comprised. These have included such groundbreaking and diverse exhibitions as Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings (2004), Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists (2006), 30 Americans (2008), Keith Haring: Against All Odds (2008), and NO MAN’S LAND (2015). Many of these exhibitions have toured to museums internationally and been accompanied by major catalogues, published in-house, including 30 Americans, which toured for over ten years.