Layla, el último restaurante del Oriente Medio en llegar a Miami Beach, con bar y lounge en la terraza con vista al canal de Collins, informal y elegante a la vez, está inspirado en la historia de amor de Layla y Majnun, un cuento popular persa de dos amantes desventurados. Con cocina moderna de Oriente Medio, decoración y música inspirada, Layla abrió sus puertas el 1 de abril.

Layla (@laylamiamibeach) celebra los sabores ligeros, saludables y estacionales del Medio Oriente, con los antecedentes libaneses de Rami Zeidan, y las raíces judías de Daniel Levine, ambos sus fundadores.

El menú innovador es una colección de recetas familiares elaboradas con un toque moderno por el chef John Latrellis, un nativo de Miami con una profunda conexión con los sabores locales y la cocina mediterránea y oriental.

“Al igual que con todos nuestros lugares, Layla es la manifestación de una historia con la que nuestros huéspedes pueden sentirse conectados cuando están con nosotros. No se trata solo del menú o del DJ, se trata de cultivar un sentido de lugar y pertenencia ”, dijo Zeidan.

La experiencia gastronómica comienza con una fuente social meze servida con pan recién horneado para compartir. La mezcla de salsas mediterráneas auténticas y modernas, desde el hummus casero exclusivo de Layla hasta labneh y baba ganoush, se acompaña de elementos del menú destacados como la tostada de berenjena picante, la ensalada israelí y el ceviche de atún harissa, servido con tabbouleh y chips de pita casera.

Los platos vegetarianos más destacados incluyen una coliflor asada con especias shawarma, calabaza y hierbas Zataar; una mezcla de champiñones con queso de cabra, crema de lentejas y chiles rojos en escabeche; y falafel servido con tahini de tomate caramelizado y pimientos Urfa. Otros platos destacados incluyen cordero estofado; Pollo con especias Zataar; y branzino a la parrilla servido con hinojo caramelizado, tomates asados, alcaparras y chalotes.

El programa de cócteles, elaborado por Nathaniel Capenos, bartender de nivel mundial, se centrará en bebidas refrescantes y creativas que se inspiran en las especias del Medio Oriente, con ingredientes como azafrán, cardamomo y baharat.

“La inspiración para este restaurante no fue la cocina del Levante, sino más bien su cultura culinaria”, dijo Levine, nacido en Miami, y director de comida y bebida del restaurante. “En los muchos viajes que he hecho a Israel, lo que más me impresionó fue la forma en que la gente come, y cómo la cocina del país entusiasma la conexión humana”.

El restaurante, dentro del hotel Kayak Miami Beach, pertenece a Life House, el equipo que creó Terras en La Pequeña Habana, Parcela Café, Mama Joon y Wildflower.

La cena es el atractivo principal del lugar, con platos y entrantes que van de los US$12 a los US$32, pero también ofrece brunchs de fin de semana.

El menú,a cargo de Latrellis, otro oriundo de Miami, ofrece muchos platos que se pueden compartir.

El restaurante presentará al chef Ignacio Mattos, de los restaurantes de Nueva York, Estela y Altro Paradiso, como la estrella de una noche el 20 de mayo como parte del Festival de Vino y Comidas de South Beach.

LAYLA

Dirección: Kayak Miami Beach, 2216 Park Avenue, en Collins Park

Miami-based hospitality company Life House, creators of the rooftop bar Terras, announce the opening of Layla. The casually elegant bar, restaurant and rooftop lounge located in the new KAYAK Miami Beach is inspired by the love story of Layla and Majnun, a Persian folk tale of two star-crossed lovers. Featuring modern Middle Eastern cuisine, decor and inspired music. Layla opens April 1 with reservations available now exclusively on OpenTable.

Layla celebrates the light, healthy, and seasonal flavors of the Middle East and marries the vision of Life House’s Founder and CEO, Rami Zeidan’s Lebanese background and Head of Food & Beverage, Daniel Levine’s Jewish roots. Rami and Daniel are Miami residents and Daniel is a Miami native. The innovative menu is a collection of family recipes rendered with a modern twist by Chef John Latrellis, a Miami native with a deep connection to local flavors and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

From the team that created Terras, Parcela Cafe, Mama Joon, and Wildflower; Layla showcases the brand’s creative approach to developing authentically local concepts that resonate with neighborhood and community.

“As with all of our venues, Layla is the manifestation of a story that our guests can feel connected to when they’re with us. It’s not just about the menu or the DJ, it’s about cultivating a sense of place and belonging,” said Zeidan. “Of all of our concepts, Layla is dear to my heart because of its Middle Eastern influences?—?my Lebanese roots are a big part of why I started a travel company.”

The dining experience begins with a social mezze platter served with freshly baked bread to share. The mixture of authentic and modern Mediterranean dips, from Layla’s signature house-made hummus to labneh and babaganoush, are accompanied by standout menu items like the spicy eggplant toast, Israeli salad, and the harissa tuna ceviche, served with tabbouleh and homemade pita chips.

Vegetarian highlights include a roasted cauliflower with shawarma spice, delicata squash and Za’atar herbs; a mushroom medley with goat cheese, creamed lentils, and pickled red chilies; and falafel served with caramelized tomato tahini and urfa peppers. Other standout dishes include succulent braised lamb; Za’atar spiced chicken; and grilled branzino served with caramelized fennel, roasted tomatoes, capers, and shallots. The cocktail program, crafted by World Class Top 10 Bartender Nathaniel Capenos, will focus on refreshing and creative libations that draw inspiration from Middle Eastern spices, featuring ingredients such as saffron, cardamom, and baharat.

“The inspiration around this restaurant wasn’t the cuisine of the Levant, but rather their dining culture. Through my many trips to Israel, I was most impressed with the way people dine and how their cuisine encourages human connection,” says Levine. “Ultimately our goal at Layla is to facilitate that connection. We put together a beautiful cocktail program, a shareable menu, and obsessively curated the ambiance to help people connect with one another.”

The space is a stylized study in inside-outside dining with a bright, high-ceiling dining room seamlessly open to the lush green terrace overlooking the calm waters of Collins Canal, created by John Collins, the ambitious Quaker merchant credited for populating the barrier island with sustainable farming practices and trade. An unexpected touch lies in its hidden rooftop bar which reflects the story of Layla reconnecting with Majnun in a secret location. The rooftop venue is through invitation only and is accessed through a decorated secret stairwell.

“We are thrilled to welcome Layla to KAYAK Miami Beach and see it as the perfect complement to the experience we are trying to create at the hotel?—?accessible, welcoming and a place where locals and out of town guests can meet over a meal or a drink at the bar,” added Steve Hafner, CEO of KAYAK.

Open all day with a particular focus on dinner, a lively weekend brunch, and a finely crafted cocktail program, the menu features signature share plates and entrées, which range from $12 to $32. Layla is located at 2216 Park Avenue in Collins Park, inside KAYAK Miami Beach.