Niu Kitchen, the little restaurant that could. Intimate, cozy, lively, friendly, charming and most importantly delicious. The dining area is tight and the kitchen is as small as they get but the front and back of the house deliver a large restaurant caliber experience.
It's easily the best all around small restaurant in town.
Niu is a Catalan inspired restaurant that opened without the normal Miami fanfare about a year and a half ago. It's located near the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. "Like Catalans themselves, we are eclectic and just a little bit eccentric. We mix the local with the exotic. The seasonal with the sophisticated. We play with the finest regional ingredients and make them simply extraordinary. "
I initially wrote about Niu back in July of 2014 shortly after they opened (unfortunately, 3 of the 4 spots mentioned are now closed). "The next stop is a real hidden gem. Niu Kitchen is a brand new Catalan inspired restaurant located in downtown Miami. It's tiny and great. A combination that prompted this tweet exactly one month ago "I'd go enjoy Niu Kitchen while you can still get a table. And it may be too late already as word has spread and the feedback I've received has been great." Fast forward and this hidden gem continues to shine.
For Cobaya, Niu really showcased what Niu is all about. The crowd was lively and loud and Deme created a tasty seven course menu that featured all hits, no misses and a few standout dishes.
If I lived or worked downtown, I'd be there all the time. If you haven't been yet, I highly recommend going.
You will have fun, eat well and leave with a smile. That's guaranteed.
The Niu Crew
Cream of Leeks
crispy leeks, herring roe
cauliflower purée, pomegranate gelatin
I'm a big scallop fan when they are cooked right. These were and enhanced by the flavorful cauliflower puree. This was one of the highlights of the night for me.
bresaola, black truffle mayo
Cod Confit a la Catalana
roasted onions, dry figs, grain mustard, honey
Another standout dish. The cod was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. Deme enhanced it with a nice combination of flavors.
mustard gelato, paja potatoes
Duck Margret, Apple Garlic and Cinnamon puree, confit scallions and chestnuts
Another perfectly executed and flavorful dish.
Cold Melon Soup
lemon, mint oil
A very refreshing palate cleanser.
Pear Escalivada, rosemary crema catalana, maria cookies, grapefruit sorbet
Big thanks to Deme, Karina and their team for a wonderful night. And thanks to all the guinea pigs for your continued support. See you at #59.
134 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
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