It appears as if the new hotspot for foodies on Miami Beach is the South of Fifth neighborhood. Once known for being a quieter, more residential area with only a few venerated classics like Smith & Wollensky and Joe’s, it seems as if more and more restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and bars are forgoing the more popular - and populated - Lincoln Road, Washington, Collins, and Ocean for the southernmost tip of South Beach. To add to the increasing roster of drinking and dining destinations in the neighborhood is The Flat, deemed a “before experience”, slated to open mid February.
So, what exactly is a “before experience”? Basically, it’s what you do before the big event, and a much more elegant way of saying “pre-party”. As convoluted as the expression can sound, the team behind The Flat seems to be on to something with a selection of over 40 cocktails by mixologist Egor Polonskiy and about a dozen small plates by Chef Giuseppe "Beppe" Galazzi that promise creative preparations and unique ingredients. Barbara Zuccarelli and SoBe nightlife presence Cedric Adegnika (even occasional partiers will be sure to recognize him) are also introducing the concept of the verrine to Miami, which is as ubiquitous in today’s Parisian dining scene as pork belly is in American gastropubs. Think English trifle but in an individual portion and with an endless possibility of creative layers. The Flat will be offering a combination of sweet and savory verrines and actually intend to serve every nibble and libation in a glass - a very interesting idea that looks like it will yield some delicious results.
The space also promises to maintain a convivial feel, as if guests were at a friend’s cocktail party in a European flat (apartment for us in the States), but still plans to imbue the “before experience” with that signature SoBe glamour that makes going out in Miami so unique.