SLS BRICKELL LINES UP ITS CHEF-ERY WITH JOSE ANDRES AND MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
SLS Brickell is now on the books for an October 2016 opening and while the hotel may be planted firmly on a bustling city block far away from the beach, guests will still get the flavors of the sea during their stay, thanks to Chef José Andrés’ new restaurant concept, Bazaar Mar. Ooo, we like the sound of that.
Bazaar Mar intends to “celebrate the bounty of the oceans” but as with all Andrés restaurants, expect the unexpected like “sea snacks” such as ceviches, seaweeds, and tiraditos (a Peruvian take on crudo); extensive raw bar options, and Floridian stone crabs. Meanwhile, whole fish will be cooked on a Josper grill, which will be the centerpiece of the restaurant. Many other dishes will be inspired by Andrés homeland of Spain, served alongside carefully curated Spanish and other international wines. Of course, hand-crafted cocktails will be mixed at the bar as well.
SLS Brickell, which will have about 124 hotel rooms and 450 residence units, will also have another James Beard Award-winning chef in the house—Chef Michael Schwartz who will open his first Italian concept here, Fi’lia. This restaurant will take on the challenge of being the hotel’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant featuring simple Italian fare like artisanal breads and pasta, rustic pizzas, fresh salads, and other classic dishes done with the freshest ingredients and minimal fuss. That same credo applies to the cocktail list which will focus less on complex recipes and techniques and more on what’s feels right and refreshing at that moment. Not having to wait 15 minutes for an elaborate drink to be made sounds quite refreshing indeed.
As for the rooms at SLS Brickell, they look pretty in pops of pink with cheeky Philippe Starck design touches, like those mirrors above the beds, along with seriously stunning skyline views of Miami. Or in SLS-branding speak, Splendidly Lavish Skyline views. Opening rates start at $200 a night.
But one of the most eye-popping parts of the hotel can be found outside where artist Markus Linnebrink has painted a crazy cool and colorful “drip” mural on the exterior, bringing some of Miami’s vibrant arts scene into an otherwise buttoned up business district.
[Photos: SLS Brickell]