MILA is a trendy new restaurant that’s turning heads with its understated luxury and refinement on Lincoln Road. Its MediterrAsian multi-sensory cuisines are made by chef Nicolas Mazier, while Olya Volkova, a world-class designer, created the perfect backdrop with Earth-tones and a minimalistic design using noble materials such as unpolished floors, reclaimed woods, handmade linens, and untainted stones—perfection in an Art Deco style. MILA also features multiple bars throughout and a 5,000 sq. ft. outdoor sanctuary with luxurious clean lines and organic elements that draws influences from Japan and the Mediterranean.
My guest and I started the evening with an adult beverage from the Signature Cocktails menu: The MILA Crusta. The essentials for making this cocktail include: Plantation Pineapple Rum, St. Germain Elderflower, vanilla liqueur, spiced pineapple syrup, and pandan. After we made a toast to tranquility, we ordered a couple of salads. I ordered the Heirloom Tomato Burrata Salad, while my guest ordered the Maine Lobster Butter Lettuce that was topped with candied pecans and knolive oil-yuzu. Now that we opened up our appetite, we looked through their selection of entrées and opted to share the Seasonal Mushroom Risotto which had a fragrant truffle-sage Buerre noisette, and shaved truffle to compliment the warm and buttery sauce. The risotto was perfectly flavored with the sautéed mushrooms. Their rendition of risotto is one not to be missed.
ZEST THINGS UP
I had been looking forward to trying MILA’s Passionfruit-Key Lime Tarte, and my oh my, it was mouth-watering! The dessert was glazed with a kaffir lime ganache, which added a bit of sweetness that was combined with the tartness from the passionfruit and the creamy key lime that joined the crunchy and buttery graham biscuit. The kaffir limes are a tropical citrus fruit from Southeast Asia. It was an exquisite delight with a fruity and refreshing taste, and the glaze added to the very welcoming smooth texture. Then we ordered a second dessert, a Blueberry Mousse with a scoop of yogurt ice cream in the center that was accompanied by a shiso biscuit. This was a very light and refreshing dessert as well. Overall, the entire experience at MILA was extremely memorable, from the Zen-like atmosphere, to the splendid service, and outstanding fare!
800 LINCOLN RD. , MIAMI BEACH
By Vanessa C. Guzman