Miami's Mandolin Aegean Bistro

 
 

The smell of the grill hits you from about a block away as you walk up to this picture perfect facade. Most of Mandolin's seating is outside, adding to the immersive almost-like-you're-in-Greece atmosphere.

 
 
 
 

It is rare for a Greek restaurant in the United States to serve maroulosalata, but this very simple addition to Mandolin's menu may be one of the reasons that I love coming here so much. Some thinly cut romaine lettuce, dill, feta cheese, and extra virgin olive oil with a little bit of lemon juice or red wine vinegar create a light and refreshing balance of flavors.

In my opinion, the authenticity of Mandolin comes from the simplicity of its food. Like you'd find at any taverna in Greece, they aren't trying to reinvent or elevate Greek cuisine into something that it is not. Each dish is made of wholesome and traditional ingredients that makes their food unassumingly good. Be sure to check out their selection of Greek and Turkish packaged foods and home goods before you leave.

 

 

After your meal head to the newly developed Miami Design District for luxury shopping, just a few blocks away. Visiting the art galleries and shops of nearby  Wynwood is another great way to spend your day.

 

Not headed to Miami? You can also visit Mandolin at many Soho House locations around the world.