Cherry Magazine

Tikl Raw Bar & Grill Opening

June 26, 2012

The team behind Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road Mall restaurants, veteran restaurateur Claudio Giordano, executive chef Simon Stojanovic and general manager Frank Scottolini – will expand over the bridge to Brickell’s bustling restaurant and nightlife district to open TIKL Raw Bar & Grill in late-July 2012. The new indoor/outdoor eatery will be located at 1450 Brickell Avenue, in Miami’s financial district and at the center of what is rapidly becoming the newest hub of restaurant and nightlife entertainment in the city. TIKL will boast a menu of enticing small plates and share-plates served in a chic, contemporary, unpretentious setting.

“TIKL will be a cool, affordable, small plates and shared plates restaurant,” says Stojanovic, an award-winning rising star talent who is an expert at working with locally-sourced ingredients. “Our eclectic menu, designed for sharing, will be influenced by global cuisines from around the world. Menu items will come and go, based on seasonality and what inspires my cooking that day. There will definitely be an element of surprise at play and our guests should expect unexpected flavor combinations and textures. There’ll always be something to discover.”

Australian born Stojanovic, who has been at the helm of Altamare since 2010, was named one of the “Best Chefs of 2010” by the Miami New Times, garnered the Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Award and nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef award in 2012. While he will continue to impress diners with his unrivaled culinary skills at Altamare, now in his new venture as chef/partner of TIKL, Stojanovic will elevate Brickell’s dining scene with a concept unique to that area – a chef-driven restaurant with affordable fare and a bustling bar.

TIKL’s moderately priced menu, which is currently under development, will encompass a variety of meant-to-be-shared dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients, beginning with Snacks ($3 - $6), such as bacon toast, duck spring rolls and Bloody Mary bruschetta. Raw ($8 - $16) items abound and encompass a delectable Hamachi crudo with yuzu, olive oil powder, wasabi, and scallion; cured Tasmanian ocean trout with scallops, hearts of palm, preserved Meyer lemon and Wagyu carpaccio with artichoke, crispy fennel, ponzu, and truffle oil.

TIKL’s fabulous menu will include some large plates, suitable for one or for sharing, that will feature a whole fish of the day and a juicy 24 oz. Porterhouse steak.

TIKL’s reasonably priced wine list, hand-picked to complement and reflect the eclectic menu, will be created by owner Giordano, a wine expert with several decades experience and expertise. Perfect for Happy Hour or pre-dinner drinks, TIKL will also feature a bevy of hand-crafted signature cocktails, as well as a variety of domestic and imported beers, premium spirits, and an assortment of delicious sakes.

At TIKL, every guest dining inside the restaurant will have an opportunity to see Chef Stojanovic in action via the restaurant’s open-kitchen or up-close from one of the nearby communal tables. Embracing sleek, retro-inspired, industrial interiors, the 3,500 square foot eatery accommodates 95 guests in the dining room and an additional 40 in the outdoor “Beer Garden,” which will sport a laid-back, lounge ambiance.

Slated to open late-July 2012, TIKL Raw Bar & Grill will be located at 1450 Brickell Avenue in downtown Miami. The restaurant will open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner service and will remain open past midnight with the last seating at 1 a.m. Ample metered and municipal parking will be available. Telephone: (305) 372-0620.

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