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Aventura's Fine Dining: An Emporium of World Fare Emerges Amid Scorching Summer Temperatures

By Joyce R. Forchion - LOVE Aventura

July 18, 2023

The City of Aventura has grown accustomed to bringing the heat to its residents and tourists in a myriad of ways. This year’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Drone Light Show capped off an evening of blazing-hot visuals that inspired families to lean into the festive laziness of summertime leisure. For once, parents and children took a well-deserved moment to pause and marvel at the spectacular array of sparkling lights and towering, illuminated imagery in the sky.

Preceding the aerial array of lights was an afternoon of sweltering, off-the-charts heat, marking the hottest day on Earth ever recorded.

Now, Aventura’s burgeoning reputation for introducing innovative culinary arts concepts and world cuisine to the market has set the local fine dining scene ablaze with fiery, unrivaled vitality. In need of venue recommendations for a power lunch or celebratory dinner? Listed below are a few restaurants that have recently opened their doors to not only satiate your taste buds this summer, but to elevate your expectations of the traditional meal experience.

Gala Restaurant & Muse Bar - 2885 Northeast 181st Street, Aventura, Florida 33180

Gala Diakonova, wife and surrealist muse of incomparable 20th Century Artist Salvador Dali, serves as the namesake of this restaurant known for serving flavorful, Latin fusion dishes capturing the essence of South America. Visitors of the establishment– which is located in the Four Diamond Hilton Aventura Miami– have the opportunity to admire her artistic contributions adorning the dining room while perusing a menu offering Crispy Skin Red Snapper, Pan-Seared Chicken Bistecca, and Beef Barbacoa Short Rib. Mixologists at the Muse Bar await guests seeking a more chic, intimate atmosphere and classic cocktails such as Martinis, Margaritas, and a Sparkling Rosé coined the “Aventura Sky.”

Motek Cafe - Aventura Mall, Lower Level, 19565 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite # 946, Aventura, Florida 33180

Motek means “sweetheart” in Hebrew, which describes the nature of the visitor experience available to diners ready to taste the quintessential flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean and Israel. Robust, Kosher-Style menu items are served family-style and sharing is encouraged at each table. Fresh ingredients are used to create thoughtful, original dishes bursting with flavors reminiscent of Tel Aviv, Lebanon, Turkey, Yemen, and Morocco. Originally opened in Downtown Miami in 2020, the Aventura location of the family-operated business opened last summer in the outside dining area of Aventura Mall.

JOEY Aventura Esplanade at Aventura - 19505 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite # A150, Aventura, Florida 33180

Opening on July 13th, the Aventura location of the Canadian-Based JOEY Restaurants Brand will begin offering its “globally inspired cuisine” in the newly constructed Esplanade at Aventura. Characterized by a refined, dignified dining experience in a dining room boasting 241 seats enclosed by stunning window walls, the establishment evokes the colorful spirit of Miami while promoting an international menu of Sushi, Premium Steak Cuts, Eclectic Bowls, and summer-inspired bar menu.

Toku Modern Asian Aventura Mall, Upper Level - 19575 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite # 1109, Aventura, Florida 33180

Known for capturing the hearts– and palates– of devoted foodies and fine dining critics in Long Island, New York, Toku opened this June 2023 and assimilates Japanese and Chinese fare to create a NeoClassical menu of Chutoro Carpaccio, King Crab Tempura, and Charred Filet of Beef. Located on the Upper Level of Aventura Mall, this Aventura restaurant location steps away from its Specialty Seafood, Steak, and Italian dishes to customize a sleek, sexy South Florida experience tailor-made for dish-sharing fare and prime people-watching.

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