If the name were any indication you’d expect Elia Gourmet to be a formal dining establishment decked out with white table-cloth, instead prepare to be greeted by the warmth, casual décor and chatter of an “everyone is welcome here” neighborhood eatery.
Launched 3 years ago by brothers Dimitris and Mario Harvalis, Elia’s has quickly become a “go-to spot” for locals. There is a steady flow of patrons – a mixed crowd of post workout fitness fiend looking for a healthy and fresh meal, and a corporate crowd out to grab something tasty and substantial. It’s clear many are “regulars” as they linger to engage in familiar conversation with Dimitris, who serves as the restaurants head chef. A veteran of Miami’s nightclub scene, Dimitris who isn’t formally trained spent years cooking with family, honing his skills as a self-taught oven master. For his Mediterranean-inspired menu, he sources the best and freshest fare from near and far. “We don’t have a freezer at Elia,” he admits. “The kitchen is small and the design definitely plays to my approach, which is fresh is best. We use what we order, cook with love and make sure the flavors complement the ingredients rather than overshadow them.”
“… fresh is best. We use what we order, cook with love and make sure the flavors complement the ingredients rather than overshadow them.”
Mario runs the day-to-day operations ensuring that the restaurant stays true to their Greek roots and that guest enjoy an authentic experience when dining at Elia. “For us, it is a priority to represent our upbringing and deliver amazing food to our customers” says Mario.
Perfectly situated in downtown Miami, across from Museum Park, Elia Gourmet is an ideal choice when visiting PAMM, the newly opened Frost Science Museum, or for a quick dinner, pre or post game at the American Airlines Arena. The 1280 square foot restaurant seats 60 and features an open kitchen, juice bar, dining room and covered patio with views of Biscayne Bay.
The newly debuted dinner menu blends classic favorites and contemporary creations. Starters ($9 -$12) include Bacon Wrapped Moroccan Dates stuffed with goat cheese and mascarpone, dressed with a balsamic fig glaze; Atlantic Sapphire Salmon lettuce wraps with roasted sweet peppers and a dollop of house-made tzatziki sauce (one of the highlights on the menu); Baby Back Pork Ribs with a touch of kale, ginger, apple purée and citrus-pickled portabella mushrooms; and Artisan Flatbread with blue cheese, thin sliced Bosc pears, shiitake mushrooms, fresh arugula and a drizzle of truffle oil.
Entrees include Double Stacked Eggplant Parmesan smothered in mozzarella cheese and fresh chopped basil; Atlantic Sapphire Salmon crusted with whole grain mustard and served with a brown rice spinach risotto; Crispy Panko Breaded Chicken Breast with arugula and fresh mozzarella topped with a cherry tomato salad; Pastitsio, layers of hollow pasta, topped with Greek style ground beef Bolognese sauce and homemade béchamel; and a classic N.Y. Strip served with tricolor organic baby carrots, sautéed red bell peppers and pearl onions topped with red wine rosemary butter.
Seal the deal with a selection from the dessert menu, Vanilla Crème Brulee with fresh berries and classic New York Cheesecake with strawberry or chocolate sauce to an indulgent Baklava Creamy Cheesecake or a Chocolate Ganache Cake.
In addition to their successful causal eatery, the duo offers a catered lunch and corporate function service, as well as Fit by Elia, a meal plan delivery service. The team plans to add to their growing empire with the upcoming launch of a new market in Wynwood, with a variety of products for sale, including freshly made, ready-to-eat items. Jarred and bottle products from the Elia kitchen as well as curated goods; featuring amazing olive oils, sauces and an international selection of wines and beers on offer. The new Elia Mediterranean Products market is scheduled to open early-summer 2017.
Elia Gourmet is located at 900 Biscayne Boulevard (Suite 105). Open Monday – Friday from 8AM to 10PM; Saturday 8AM to 9PM and Sunday, 10AM to 6PM. Visit www.eliamiami.com.