Miami Restaurant Openings Include Diplomat Prime, Jaguar Sun, Waterdrop, and Läderach

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King crab in Alaska at Diplomat Prime.

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The recent round of restaurant openings in Miami includes a slew of new eateries, from the first U.S. location for Waterdrop, based in Europe, and Oakberry, based in Latin America, to the reopening of the Diplomat Resort’s steakhouse, Diplomat Prime.

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Diplomat Prime

3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
The Diplomat Resort & Spa has recently reopened, and with it the steakhouse of the Diplomat Prime Hotel. The boutique steakhouse opened in 2016 as part of the $ 100 million conversion of the Hollywood hotel. Diplomat Prime 2.0 puts the emphasis on in-house matured steaks, served along with a variety of seasonal dishes by Chef Rashaad Abdool. There’s also a full raw food bar that serves everything from Alaskan king crab legs and lobster cocktail with fresh horseradish to giant blue crabs and oysters on the half-shell.

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Jaguar sun

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Jaguar sun

230 NE Fourth Street, Miami
After a break of more than a year, Jaguar Sun, a popular cocktail and pasta spot in downtown Miami, is now open again. Fifteen months after the pandemic shutdown, owners Carey Hynes and Will Thompson have upgraded their restaurant in the lobby of the X Miami with a new outdoor area that can seat up to 30 people. The food and drink menu has also been updated, including an expanded selection of pasta dishes, raw bar offerings and a seasonal crudo. (And yes, Parker House Rolls are still available.) Open Sunday through Thursday 5:00 pm to 1:00 am; Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 2am

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Bean-to-bar chocolate at Läderach - PHOTO WITH FUNDING FROM LÄDERACH

Bean-to-bar chocolate at Läderach

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19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Läderach, based in Switzerland, has opened its first US store in the Aventura Mall, followed by a second location in the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale. This bean-to-bar shop produces over 100 types of chocolate, including more than 20 types of FrischSchoggi (extra-large bars of fresh chocolate), over 50 different pralines and truffles, dozens of confectionery specialties and a large selection of seasonal chocolate creations. Each store will offer more than 85 varieties of fresh artisanal chocolate, where chocolate lovers can choose from several varieties of their iconic, hand-broken chocolate crust. By the end of summer 2021, Läderach will continue to announce and open new locations from coast to coast as part of its plans to take over the leases of more than 30 former Godiva stores. Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Oakberry’s perfect acai

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19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Oakberry, one of two locations of this Latin American company in Florida, stands for açaí, which is served in two forms. Bowls and smoothies contain the brand’s main ingredient, açaí pulp, which is considered a natural antioxidant. Customizable options allow customers to create their own parfait-style “bowl” or smoothie layered with ingredients like nut butter, fruit, honey, protein powder, chia seed pudding, and granola (there is also a gluten-free variant) . Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The flavored drink cubes from Waterdrop.  - PHOTO courtesy of WATERDROP

The flavored drink cubes from Waterdrop.

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540 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
The average American buys more than 150 plastic bottles each year. To counteract this, a London-based company called Waterdrop has jumped on the trend of sustainable hydration with its line of reusable drinking containers and flavored beverage cubes fortified with vitamins. This month the company opened a location in Miami Beach – its first in the US and 15th worldwide – where thirsty customers can find the brand’s reusable cups and bottles or their patented microdrink packs, which contain fruit and plant extracts, can try and buy pressed into small cubes. The store is stocked with built-in faucets for your tasting, a custom mural to share on social media, and a colorful water bottle wall to create an interactive experience. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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