6 Reasons to Check Out Semilla Eatery & Bar

By Carissa Chesanek  |  October 30, 2013
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Renowned chef and restaurateur Fredric Joulin recently opened his new intimate gastropub Semilla Eatery & Bar - translated to "seed" in Spanish. Having worked with acclaimed restaurants in Paris and Las Vegas, and most recently the old Villa Mayfair in Coconut Grove, Joulin now focuses his culinary talents on South Beach. Here’s what you need to know about it.

1330 Alton Rd.; 305-674-6522

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    1. The interior is cozy with an industrial feel that features wood panels, stainless steel accents and vintage burlap covered small tables alongside an open kitchen surrounded by bar seating.

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    2. Terra-cotta pots line the walls in the dining room with herbs including sage, basil and rosemary, all of which are used in the chef’s dishes.

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    3. The menu is comprised of small shareable plates, with an emphasis on fresh, organic ingredients. Options include lobster mango remoulade with Dijon vinaigrette, Vermont goat cheese and bacon croquetas, braised short rib pot stickers, hamachi ceviche with leche de tigre and  grilled branzino with quinoa.

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    4. The mini ice cream sliders made out of macaroons with sesame seeds, stuffed with vanilla bean gelato covered in dark chocolate, toasted almonds, and mango/passion fruit gelee.

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    5. The must-try signature cocktail is the surprisingly light and refreshing Beetnik martini made with beet-infused Tito’s vodka and garnished with beet cubes.

  • 6. Happy hour is from 6-8 PM offering $6 drinks and food at the bar only. Cocktails include well drinks, wines by the glass, Florida draft beer - Funky Buddha Brewery Floridian and Native Lager - mojito sugarcane stick and passion fruit Bellinis. As for food, there are Blue Point St. James oysters, shrimp tempura and pork shoulder rillettes.