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December 20, 2012updated Aug 21, 2013

The Setai Grill Offers Prime Cut of Global Cuisine in South Beach

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Mathias GervaisMiami, Florida—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

A taste of Europe and a tribute to the classic American butchery elegantly harmonize to create an original dining experience in Miami Beach at The Setai Grill, located in the luxury beachfront hotel, The Setai, Miami Beach.

Recently appointed Executive Chef Mathias Gervais and Chef de Cuisine Thomas Griese will stun guests with a menu composed of rich cattle cuts, southern European plates, seasonal and local ingredients, and products from the industry’s most celebrated purveyors including Pat LaFrieda & Son; Cinco Jotas; Fernando Pensato; and Marky’s International Food Emporium. Gervais’ and Griese’s kitchen already stands as one of Miami’s most skillful culinary teams, with a combined work experience at seven Michelin-starred restaurants, under the tutelage of cooking greats like Joël Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Annie Feolde, Paul Bocuse and Andre Rochat.

The Setai Grill abides to a simple artisanal philosophy with a focus on seven dry-aged a la carte cuts of meat: a selection of slow braises and special cuts from the butcher. Each a la carte cut is accompanied by one of a series of rich house-made sauces and complemented by various classic side dishes – vegetables and comfort-foods that pay homage to Gervais’ and Griese’s childhood memories from France and America, respectively.

Pat La Frieda & Son, New York’s finest “meat men,” custom-cut to the restaurant’s specification, making beef the pièce de résistance on this abundant menu. Offerings such as Dry-Aged Prime New York Strip Loin and a massive 32oz Setai Tomahawk Bone-In Steak are matched only France’s finest Rougier foie gras and Côte de Boeuf with roasted potato gratin and Gabriel Coulet’s Roquefort sauce; crafting a truly ocean-hopping menu.

Honoring the hotel’s spectacular beachfront location, delicacies from the sea include Florida’s finest rock lobster—served with grilled vegetables and basil nage—and monkfish, accompanied by a tomato confit, pinenuts, sauce vierge and roasted fingerling potatoes.

Attention to detail does not stop with bountiful menu offerings, however, with the Setai Grill dining experience accented by The Setai Lounge, a sleek library-like setting, and a wine-adorned pathway that lead’s to the restaurant’s grand reveal. Guests are also welcomed into a museum of culinary artistry, which showcases fine ingredients from refrigerated charcuteries and salumi curing room to seafood on ice and bone-in jamón imbérico sliced for each diner to see.

Seating for 40 is spoken for via a chef’s spectator kitchen counter, a beautiful mother-of-pearl communal table and private nooks of indoor and outdoor tables. An exquisite wine room, featuring hundreds of wine varietals, can play host to an intimate gathering of 10 guests for wine tasting and canapés.

The Setai Grill and The Setai Lounge will be open Wednesday – Sunday for dinner; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For reservations, call 305.520.6400 or 305.520.6800.

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