After having mentioned last year that he was opening up his own place in Little Havana, Chef Beltran finally opens up shop in the beloved neighborhood of Coconut Grove. For those of you who know the Grove this place has been yearning for a restaurant like Ariete.
Behind Ariete we have former Cypress Room sous chef Michael Beltran and Brickell hotspot Sidebar owner Jason Odio. Dishing out progressive fare in tandem with the seasons in an unpretentious atmosphere, Ariete's ever-changing menu is built around the restaurant's wood-grill. According to Beltran the menu has been curated for “people who will experiment a little more and try different things."
Now, let’s talk food. Ariete is all about trying something different, so when you look at the snacks you have to try the Chicken Liver Mousse, which comes with a red pepper jelly, and the Grilled Oyster with a bone marrow butter.
I know that everyone isn’t a fan of Foie Gras, but you have to try Chef Beltran’s take on it. It comes with sour orange vinegar, temptation caramel, ember roasted plantains, and cocoa nibs. It’s definitely like nothing you have ever tasted before.
When it comes to entrées I highly recommend the short rib. It comes on the bone, and the meat literally falls away as you put your fork to it. And for those who like venison then you must try it here at Ariete.
An important thing to note, do not skip out on dessert! Ariete’s pastry chef is Dallas Wynne, Hedy Goldsmith protégé (she worked with the queen of sugar for three years at Michael’s Genuine). She makes the most amazing seasonal pies. That night I got to try her strawberry peach pie. Everything about it from the fruit to the crust was absolutely perfect. There was not one crumb left on the plate.
Ariete will be open for dinner nightly from 6 to 11, until midnight T-Sun with lunch and brunch to follow within a couple of months. Though the brunch menu is still very much in the works, Beltran and Wynne are working on making it extra sweet, so stay tuned!