On the heels of a successful pop-up collaboration with Brooklyn-based Momo Sushi Shack, Mondrian South Beach is launching a new pop-up restaurant inspired by Executive Chef Dustin Atoigue’s heritage. Hurao (pronounced (hOO-rO), is named for one of the most celebrated Chamorro chiefs in Guam’s history, and means “emotion, caring, attention and heed,” values Atoigue strives to bring to the table. The concept is slated to open early March 2016.
Atoigue’s menu will celebrate Guam’s cuisine with tropical fruits, fresh seafood and contemporary takes on traditional staples. Highlights include Grilled Achiote Glazed Ribs with Pineapple Salsa; Whole Steamed Snapper with cilantro pesto and lemon-caper brown butter sauce and Island Style Roast Pig Shank with papaya sour sauce and lemongrass essence. As Guam is a variable melting pot, guests will notice American and Japanese influences in items including the Mini Maine Lobster Rolls and Spicy Karaage Chicken Lollipops. The beverage program will also reflect Atoigue’s Chamorro background with tropical influence.
“I’m thrilled to celebrate my heritage and bring Guam’s food to Miami,” said Atoigue. “To my knowledge there is not a single Chamorro restaurant on the east coast. Friends and family back home are really supportive and excited that I’m sharing our culture with a broader audience.”
Mondrian is transforming the restaurant space with bursts of watercolor and tropical foliage. Guests will have the option of dining in Hurao’s interior space or on the terrace, both with extraordinary bayside views of the Miami skyline, for which Mondrian is so well known.
Hurao will be open at Mondrian from March through June and will be open for dinner seven days a week. Valet parking is available.
Mondrian South Beach is located at 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139.