Asian Inspired Gastropub Keeps Things Legit on SoBe
Managing Partner and Principal Andreas Schreiner has teamed up with Chef Partners José Mendín and Sergio Navarro to open Pubbelly Gastropub in the north-west side of South Beach. Located at 1418 20th Street in Miami Beach, Pubbelly is just the right addition to the emerging restaurant neighborhood on Purdy Avenue. Drawing inspiration from the trio’s multi-cultured backgrounds and work experience, Pubbelly is sure to dazzle diners with an eclectic, 1-2-3 mix of northern Asian cultures, Puerto Rican sass and Spanish flair; but don’t call it fusion.
Chefs Jose Mendin and Sergio Navarro, both previously at La Broche, Nobu, Sushi Samba and Mercadito, combine their broad experience and intimate knowledge of multiple cuisines to create a menu that is simple, flavorful and fresh. The menu is comprised of a number of pork belly dishes, hence the name Pubbelly, due to their affinity for “lechón,” a staple ingredient in Puerto Rican cuisine and an homage to their heritage. Signature Pubbelly dishes include “Potted Rilletes, Duck Confit & Pork Belly, Soy Onion Marmalade,” “Pork Belly Dumplings, Scallions, Su-Shoyu, Sesame Oil,” and “PubBelly Ramen, Pork Belly, Shoulder, Lemongrass Broth, Poached Egg.” Promising not to scare away diners with vegetarian or pescatarian inclinations, an array of fresh raw bar items will be available, “Fresh Jonah Crab Claws, Yuzu Dijonaise” and “Hiramasa, Baby Sprouts, Spicy Broth,” as well as ceviches, tiraditos and salpicones; vegetarians can look forward to items such as “Crispy, Spicy, Lemongrass Brussels Sprouts,” “Grilled Shishito Peppers, Pistachios & Maldon Salt” and “Spicy Nasu Miso, Sesame, Scallions.” Adamant at proving that great food can be (and should be) provided at reasonable prices, menu items will be on the affordable side of the spectrum with appetizers ranging from $5 to $18 dollars and entrees capping out at $25.
Front of the House specialist Andreas Schreiner, formerly of Casa Tua and Four Seasons Hotels, orchestrates the service and beverage side of the equation promising that service will be natural, yet intuitive. The beer and wine selection focuses on an extensive selection craft beers and boutique wineries with a strong, Old World inclination. There will be about 20 beers, including interesting brews such as Delirium Tremens, Morimoto Soba Ale and Ayinger Brauweisse, and the wine list will carry approximately 100 labels all under $80 a bottle. For those in search of the full Asian experience, a rotating list of sakes will also be available.
The philosophy behind Pubbelly is simple: three guys fulfilling a dream of opening a restaurant and sharing the passion they have for food and beverage with others. Andreas, José and Sergio have created a menu and a venue that is 100% representative of who they are as individuals and where they have been in their lives; they promise to keep it “legit.” Therefore, the guest experience will be tailored as personal and real as possible so that they keep coming back.
Pubbelly Gastropub, located at 1418 20th Street in South Beach, will open in mid-October 2010. The restaurant will serve dinner late, Tuesday – Sunday 6:00pm – 2:00am. Stay tuned for brunch; they will be offering a brunch menu Saturday and Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm shortly. Pubbelly will be closed Mondays.