Call it foresight: Six years ago, when Anastasia Koutsioukis and her husband opened Mandolin, their exquisite Aegean bistro tucked away in Miami’s Design District, the neighborhood was still a far cry from the trendy, art-fueled destination it is today. For years, Mandolin remained a best-kept secret among members of a certain creative set, not just for its beautiful Turkish- and Greek-inspired fare, but also for Koutsioukis—aka “Mrs. Mandolin”—herself. A perennial hostess with an exceptional eye for design, the former New Yorker is thankfully expanding the brand with a recently opened beachfront outpost at Miami’s Soho House, and another location at the Soho House in Istanbul.
This spring, Koutsioukis will also debut MrsMandolin, a lunch counter and coffee bar specializing in breakfast and lunch dishes, while a separate boutique area will be outfitted with an assortment of lifestyle products, tabletop items, and travel finds selected by Mrs. Mandolin herself. Visitors to Miami should make a point of dining at Mandolin posthaste, but as Koutsioukis is proud to note, there’s an abundance of new arrivals worth experiencing as well: “Miami is having its moment right now. It’s an exciting time as the creative community helps to redefine this seductive city,” she says.
Here, she offers up her favorite Miami spots for eating and drinking. (more…)