Monday, September 12, 2016. A fourth Big Easy Winebar & Grill by Ernie Els ™ is launching at Miami’s Brickell City Center this fall.
The Big Easy Winebar & Grill by Ernie Els in Miami is the fourth launch for this blossoming global restaurant brand, with existing outlets already buzzing and thriving in locations in Stellenbosch, Durban and Dubai, the latter of which was voted ‘Best Food & Beverage Outlet’ at this year’s Middle East Golf Awards. As with its predecessors, the Big Easy Winebar & Grill will offer a casual yet sophisticated steakhouse dining experience. The cuisine, wines, décor and hospitality are all inspired by the lifestyle, spirit and homeland of South Africa’s four-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els.
The Big Easy Winebar & Grill by Ernie Els is a culinary experience that is first and foremost a superb grill restaurant; thus it boasts a strong line-up of succulent prime cut steaks and a selection of outstanding meats including Tenderloin of Beef, Prime Ribeye, Wagyu Flank Steak, Veal Chop, Rack of Lamb and South African delicacies such as Springbok Loin and Ostrich Fillet alongside the ever-popular Big Easy burger. Also from Ernie’s homeland are Bobotie Spring Rolls (sweet ground beef curry with spice chutney), Grilled Boerewors (one of Ernie’s personal favourites!) and Sosatie Grilled Mini Skewers of beef, pork, lamb and chicken with tasty dips
From the ocean you’ll find only the finest fresh fish, much of which celebrates Florida’s sensational seafood and Latin influence, including Fresh Stone Crabs, Peekytoe Crab Cake, Line-caught Florida Snapper with Peri-Peri Sauce, Local Shellfish Bouillabaisse and Lobster & Langoustine Duo. Other irresistible dishes on the Big Easy Winebar & Grill’s diverse, seasonally-driven menu include juicy Mozambique Tiger Prawns, Pan Fried Sea Bass, Spit Roast Baby Chicken, Braised Pork Belly, Carpaccio of Tuna, Cape Rock Lobster Risotto, Ceviche, Sashimi and the spectacular Big Easy Shellfish Platter formed of the Executive Chef’s daily hand-picked selections.
“The whole ethos of what we’re trying to achieve at the Big Easy Winebar & Grill reflects my idea of the perfect restaurant – fantastic food and great wine in a comfortable, friendly environment – and these are the qualities we’ll bring to this latest establishment in Miami,” commented Ernie when he paid a visit to the site and met with the team in early September (pictured above and below). “South Africa has some of the best cuisine in the world and our award-winning Executive Chef Maryna Frederiksen, a native from my homeland, will do an incredible job bringing a taste of South Africa to Miami. Some of my personal favourites are on the menu and, having already sampled some of Maryna’s dishes, trust me when I say you’re in very safe hands!”
Els goes on to say, “our existing Big Easy Winebar & Grills have quickly established themselves as go-to restaurants in their respective communities and what’s really gratifying is they’re extremely popular with a very diverse crowd. We feel confident that’s going to be the case in Miami, too.”
Eddie Acevedo, partner and Chief Operating Officer of developers Grove Bay Hospitality, commented that it is an honour to work with Ernie and Ernie Els Wines ™ winemaker Louis Strydom. “Louis is a gifted and passionate winemaker devoted to capturing the unique terroir of the region in every vintage he makes,” says Eddie. “The opportunity to bring to Miami the only restaurant tied to his vineyard is extremely exciting. Collaboration is a key component to Grove Bay’s approach: Giorgio with Glass & Vine, Jeff and Janine with Stiltsville, Els and Strydom with the Big Easy Winebar & Grill, and more to come in the Grove. Working with driven, creative, industry leaders keeps us motivated and has us, ideally, setting trends rather than chasing them.”
Equally as important as the cuisine will be the Big Easy Winebar & Grill’s beverage program, featuring a hand-selected wine list including award-winning varietals from Ernie Els Wines’ diverse portfolio of wines. “One of the really wonderful things about the Big Easy Winebar & Grill is the opportunity it gives Louis and me to share our passion for wine and to introduce our portfolio of wines, of which we’re extremely proud, to a wider audience,” says Ernie.
The program will encourage guests to dive into the world of wines with an approachable, easy-to-navigate global selection. The 5,592 square foot space, seating 200 indoors and outdoors, will help transport guests to the heart of South Africa’s wine country with its subtle choice of imported woods adding warmth alongside other regional decorative interior accents such as natural ropes, clay pottery, leather seats and whitewashed brick walls.
When Brickell City Centre opens to the public on Thursday, November 3, 2016, the Big Easy Winebar & Grill by Ernie Els will begin serving weekday lunch from 11.30am to 4.00pm; dinner nightly from 4.00pm to 11.00pm; and Sunday brunch from 11.00am to 3.00pm. For more information and reservations please visit the website: http://bigeasy.miami/