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When Luis and Evelyn Villanueva decided to open a Mediterranean restaurant, they envisioned a casual place that could potentially grow into multiple locations. But just before the Tur (stylized TUR) Kitchen opened in late 2020, they changed course and brought a fine dining concept with an abundance of Mediterranean cuisine to Coral Gables. Chef Nelson Fernandez – the man behind much of today’s menu – died earlier this year, but his passion lives on through the dishes at Tur, named after the wild goat of the Caucasus. Chef Christian Chirino’s team picks up where Fernandez left off, creating a variety of dishes that take guests on a gastronomic journey along the coasts of Spain, France, Italy and Greece to Morocco, Turkey, Israel and in take the Middle East with you. Ingredients are carefully selected to mimic the most authentic flavors: cauliflower is from Syria, shrimp is from Italy, and even chickpeas are from Egypt. Twice a week the restaurant receives fresh turbot from the waters off the Spanish coast, which is fried whole. The menu is rich in regional recipes: Wagyu tartare is a French tradition, while chicken moruno, served with a fluffy vanilla-infused celery root puree, is a popular Moroccan-style dish, and the braised leg of lamb is cooked how-to it takes place in the Middle East. From Turkey comes a list of pides – canoe-shaped flatbreads filled with ingredients like braised lamb, cremini mushrooms, goat cheese and curry oil.

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