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Chef José Mendín, of Miami’s acclaimed Pubbelly Boys will open Habitat, his highly anticipated new restaurant, on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1 Hotel South Beach.

Habitat's menu fuses culinary creativity with comfortable dining. Using fresh, local ingredients the menu honors simplicity yet still embracing tenets of molecular gastronomy, Palacios and Mendín have experimented with a variety of components on the menu. Exemplifying their level of culinary expertise, these include testing the pH of water, smoking flour and injecting small spheres with burrata – to name a few.

Divided into simple categories: Raw, Cooked, and Wood Fire Grill, the menu also boasts an extensive Charcuterie selection as well as a Live Greens Cart; a mobile salad station that brings the garden to the table.

Raw options include plant-based dishes; Heirloom Beet Tartare served with endives, crème fraîche, pistachio and raspberry and Artichoke Carpaccio with vanilla oil, macadamia nuts and water chestnuts, to protein-rich selections such as Wahoo “Esqueixada” – a take on a traditional Catalonian dish – featuring olive spheres, grated tomato and white soy as well as Wagyu Milanesa Cruda with black soy, pickled romaine and tomatoes.

Cooked plates include Spanish classics such as Patatas Arrubravas and Croquetas de Jamon Ibérico 5 Jotas to the more creative Squab Rice with red cabbage and delicious golden apple and Meatballs made with baby squid, squid ink and Catalonian picada.

The open kitchen features a 15-foot Wood Fire Grill and is used for everything from Whitewater Clams with vermouth and orange; Veal Marrow with shallots; Spanish Octopus with potato espuma and pimentón oil; and a daily selection of freshly caught fish.

Charcuterie includes a variety of cured fish, meats and cheeses featuring Salt Cured Foie Gras; Housemade Mojama – cured bigeye tuna loin; along with Grilled Domestic Burrata and Jamón Ibérico. For the perfect bite, pair these delectable offerings with Pa Amb Tomàquet, Catalan-style toasted bread brushed with fresh tomato.

Mixologist Pedro Sanchez will be overseeing the bar program which will feature inventive signature craft cocktails that place an emphasis on enjoyment and approachability. A comprehensive wine list offers a variety of Old and New World vintages with a nice selection of white, red and bubbly by the glass as well as local craft beers both on tap and bottled.

Habitat is slated to open to the public November 11, 2017 at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.
Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from noon – 4PM. Dinner served daily from 6PM – 11:30PM.
Reservations are recommended and are available via Opentable.
Telephone: (305) 604-6700; habitatmb.com.