LivingFLA.com Lunch with Chef Brian Molloy, Director of Culinary Operations
at Nikki Beach Worldwide for the 2017 South Beach Seafood Fest.
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This Interview / lunch was in preparation for South Beach Seafood Festival taking place Saturday, October 21, 2017! #SobeSeafood
I did a little research on Chef Brian Molloy online and was not quite sure what to expect?
For some unexplained reason, I had the image (in my head) of a Conor McGregor / Gordon Ramsey mix.
Thankfully this was not the case. 🙂 I arrived early and the Nikki Beach Miami team made me feel right at home (with a perfect Mojito).
They let me know that the chef was putting final touches on his display.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland Chef Molloy’s impressive 25-year culinary career includes stints as top chef in many of the finest restaurants and hotels around the world.
For the past 17 years, Chef Molloy has been responsible for culinary operations at Nikki Beach’s 13 worldwide locations. Chef Malloy is now based out of Nikki Beach Miami.
Nikki Beach Miami is an open-air restaurant on the beach located at the South end of South Beach in Miami at 1 Ocean Dr. Miami Beach, Florida, FL 33139.
Chef Molloy greeted me and made me feel right at home. He even let me know that he had his hair cut just for our interview. We chatted a bit about his love of food and Nikki Beach Worldwide. He went over each ingredient on my personal menu for the day and Invited me into his immaculate kitchen where he had prepped for four signature dishes. (See photos).
Molloy always uses the freshest local ingredients available and Nikki Beach even has their own farms strategically located around the world. Microgreens, avocado, carrots, papaya… come from their farm in Homestead and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers come from their North Carolina farm. They also do their own pickling.
Attention to detail does not stop at the ingredients. For tabletop presentation, the chef likes FOH® Front of the House for tableware and serveware.
Chef Molloy is very excited about the Nikki Beach debut at the 2017 South Beach Seafood Fest and he will feature popular Nikki Beach signature dishes like Porto Heli Shrimp Quinoa Salad with Grilled Tiger Prawns, his favorite seafood ingredient!
I could go on but I want to focus on the delicious food experience.
All these dishes were made for me fresh on the spot.
All I can say is that each dish was beyond fresh and the flavors were amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about the “Artisan Bruschetta.”
It was a perfect blend of their locally farmed tomatoes, basil, garlic and other fresh ingredients.
Farm tomatoes | onions | garlic | basil | extra virgin olive oil | Prosciutto de Parma | arugula leaves | olive oil crostini | shaved Parmesan cheese
Marbella Shrimp Pil Pil
Olive oil | garlic | cherry tomatoes | parsley | red chilies | white wine | lemon juice
Miami Cuban Sandwich
Roasted pork | baked ham | sliced pickles | Swiss cheese | mustard sauce EVO
Porto Heli Shrimp Quinoa Salad
Grilled Tiger Prawn, Baby Arugula, Cucumber, Feta, green pepper, red onion, grape tomatoes, lemon juice,
Key West Key Lime Pie!
Fresh and homemade with real Key Limes!!
After lunch Chef, Molloy walked me out and offered me an espresso and a freshly baked bread as a parting gift.
This was the perfect afternoon! I made a new friend and enjoyed delicious food!!
See all photos from this lunch.
Nikki Beach Miami Beach
One Ocean Drive, Miami
Florida 33139 USA
Phone +1 305 538 1111
The 5th Annual South Beach Seafood Week is October 21, 2017!
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