In a city known for its fine foods, it takes a lot of skill and execution to gain popularity like the Pubbelly Boys have since their debut 5 years ago. They currently have two restaurants in Miami Beach—Pubbelly and Pubbelly Sushi—which are constantly cited on lists of Miami’s best places to eat.
Chef Jose Mendin (from Puerto Rico), Chef Sergio Navarro (from Spain), and Andreas Shreiner (from Puerto Rico) came together in 2010 to start the Pubbelly Restaurant Group of Miami Beach. A master sommelier, Shreiner has successfully managed some of the world’s best restaurants from Costa Rica to Chicago. Both Mendin and Navarro have cooked in some of the top-ranked kitchens in Spain as well as working for Nobu and SUSHISAMBA. So, everyone expected big things when the three decided to join forces and open up a pork-focused gastropub with an Asian twist, Pubbelly.
PUBELLY: THE ORIGINAL
This casual foodie treasure and winner of a 2015 Golden Spoon Award has recently had a makeover to both the menu and the decor. They’re keeping some famous dishes, like the Japanese Amberjack, yellowtail served in a pool of lemongrass romesco sauce and garnished with a powder made of caramelized hazelnuts and sea salt. The boys have also added three-course dining options for an experience where each plate builds upon the flavors and style of the previous one. An adventurous diner will have a ball here with dishes like Buffalo Sweetbreads and Veal Brains Meuniere. Since the restaurant opened, Chef Mendin has been a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South four years in a row as well as Miami New Times Best Chef of 2014!
PUBBELLY SUSHI: AN INNOVATIVE TAKE
The not so little brother of Pubbelly (situated right next door) presents a creative spin on Japanese food, gives it a fair price, and serves it in a comfortable, pub-like environment. It is, without a doubt, one of Miami Beach’s must try restaurants and was voted Miami’s best sushi spot in 2013. Think of this: barbecued pork belly and fried clams with kimchi coleslaw in a sushi roll! If raw fish is not your thing, then go for the decadent grilled cheese lobster sandwich! The list of mouthwatering creations goes on at Pubbelly Sushi.
PB STATION: UPCOMING
The Pubbelly Group is planning to open a new concept in the heart of downtown Miami this winter. The new American restaurant will have a “Grand-Central-Station meets London Underground vibe,” Mendin told the Miami New Times last summer. Instead of the traditional cured meats, they will be doing a seafood charcuterie with items like lobster sausage and shrimp mortadella.