Monday, November 13, 2017

Norman Van Aken has a new restaurant in Miami and it's definitely worth the drive

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:32 AM

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We here in Central Florida have been lucky enough to have not one, but two restaurants run by James Beard Award-winning chef Norman Van Aken— NORMAN'S at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes and 1921 in Mount Dora.

Van Aken, whose namesake restaurant in Coral Gables was a perennial contender for James Beard Foundation Awards before it closed in 2007, opened the short-lived Norman's 180 (also in Coral Gables) in 2010 before it, too, shuttered.

But with the recent opening of his latest venture — Three at the Wynwood Arcade — Van Aken has made a celebrated return to South Florida. The restaurant itself is stunning; and the food more so. Along with chef de cuisine Miguel Massens, pastry chef Mame Sow and owners Candace Walsh and Susan Buckley, Van Aken has expanded the purview of "New World Cuisine" as evidenced by the stellar dishes we sampled on a recent visit to the Miami restaurant. Have a look (then plan a visit):

click to enlarge Frida Kahlo artwork - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Frida Kahlo artwork
click to enlarge Three's open kitchen - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Three's open kitchen
click to enlarge Bread course with handspun butter, cumin, sea salt, and maple syrup - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Bread course with handspun butter, cumin, sea salt, and maple syrup
click to enlarge "Lucky Number Three": Bourbon, agave nectar, egg whites, basil leaf, and kumquat - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • "Lucky Number Three": Bourbon, agave nectar, egg whites, basil leaf, and kumquat
click to enlarge Hamachi tiradito, aji amarillo 'leche de tigre', sweet potato, benne seed oil, lime granizado - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Hamachi tiradito, aji amarillo 'leche de tigre', sweet potato, benne seed oil, lime granizado
click to enlarge Brazilian xinxim shellfish blintz, cashews, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Brazilian xinxim shellfish blintz, cashews, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers
click to enlarge Cracked conch chowder, saffron, potato, coconut milk, citrus - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Cracked conch chowder, saffron, potato, coconut milk, citrus
click to enlarge Calabaza talkari, squash blossom en tempura, ricotta, brown-butter honey, curried pepitas - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Calabaza talkari, squash blossom en tempura, ricotta, brown-butter honey, curried pepitas
click to enlarge Braised jerked oxtail cannelloni, red wine reduction, mulled red cabbage, roasted chestnuts - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Braised jerked oxtail cannelloni, red wine reduction, mulled red cabbage, roasted chestnuts
click to enlarge Squid a la plancha, chorizo, beluga lentils, sauce 'mer noir', cauliflower in two textures - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Squid a la plancha, chorizo, beluga lentils, sauce 'mer noir', cauliflower in two textures
click to enlarge "The Painted Bird": Roasted duck, Anson Mills grits, moonshine chutney, pomegranate jus - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • "The Painted Bird": Roasted duck, Anson Mills grits, moonshine chutney, pomegranate jus
click to enlarge "Chocolate and Coconut": Cashew sablé, chocolate mousse, cashew coconut praline, sprouted coconut - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • "Chocolate and Coconut": Cashew sablé, chocolate mousse, cashew coconut praline, sprouted coconut
click to enlarge Pain de singe, baobob crémeux, honey-olive oil cake, hibiscus gelée, honey labneh ice cream - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Pain de singe, baobob crémeux, honey-olive oil cake, hibiscus gelée, honey labneh ice cream
click to enlarge Passion fruit cream puff, chocolate bar, cacao - FAIYAZ KARA
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  • Passion fruit cream puff, chocolate bar, cacao

Three at Wynwood Arcade
50 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127
305.748.4540
3-Course Prix Fixe: $60
4-Course Prix Fixe: $75

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