Taste Of The Town: Mediterranean Cuisine Is Over The Moon At Strawberry Moon In Miami Beach

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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – David Grutman is simply a well-known proprietor and curator of Miami’s biggest nightclubs, but helium besides has a roster of restaurants frequented by a who’s who of celebrities and notables. His newest is Strawberry Moon, opened successful concern with vocalist and shaper Pharrell Williams, located wrong their Goodtime Hotel.

Grutman sat down with CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo for a caller chat amid tasty paper items and a cocktail.

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“It’s your JAJA Spicy Margarita and of people it’s made with JAJA Tequila and a spicy blend of jalapeno, Cheers,” said Groot Hospitality laminitis David Grutman.

“We are getting started connected a bully note, that’s each I person to accidental astir that,” cheered Petrillo, arsenic she enjoyed a sip.

It’s ever an escapade sitting down with Miami’s nightlife king and edifice proprietor David Grutman, whose Strawberry Moon is located wrong his Goodtime Hotel connected Washington Avenue connected Miami Beach.

The edifice and edifice are a imagination realized for Grutman who feels likes he’s backmost wherever it each began for him.

“For me, it has specified a spot successful my bosom due to the fact that this is wherever I archetypal moved to Miami Beach. This is the artifact that I went to find a bartending occupation erstwhile nary 1 would prosecute me. This was the champion artifact and past it became the worst artifact arsenic you know, and present we’re truthful blessed to bring it backmost to beryllium 1 of the champion blocks again,” Grutman said.

The edifice is the 2nd collaboration with Grutman’s Groot Hospitality with multi-talented producer, signaling creator and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams.

“Being partners with Pharrell brings a antithetic aspect, antithetic viewpoints and I person 1 mode of looking astatine things. He has a implicit other mode and unneurotic it becomes thing precise special,” helium explained.

Strawberry Moon (CBS4)

The plan is whimsical with modern, mid-century Caribbean inspired decor designed by Ken Folk.

“There’s not a stone unturned. Everything has attraction to item and everything for america is an Instagram moment, truthful travel present and Instagram away,” Grutman said.

Always the marketer, celebrities similar Kim Kardashian, David Beckham, and Trevor Noah were spotted astatine the spot close from the beginning.

“We privation everyone to consciousness similar they are a prima successful our places, arsenic you cognize Lisa,” helium said.

Back successful the kitchen, enforcement cook Ian Fleischmann prepares the nutrient and joins Lisa tableside to illustration the eclectic menu.

“We’ve got elements of Mediterranean. We’ve got elements of Middle Eastern, Arabic, Israel. It’s truly a mashup of each of the champion elements from each antithetic cuisine,” Fleischmann said.

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Strawberry Moon’s satellite bread. (CBS4)

Plate aft sheet of feel-good nutrient that begins with Moon Bread topped with tahini food and coarse salt.

“Life is short. Start with dessert,” said cook Fleischmann. “It’s truthful good. It’s insane,” said Petrillo.


They determination onto cook Fleischmann’s 5 homemade delicious Mediterranean inspired dips earlier tasting the signature chickenhearted kebabs marinated successful yogurt and served with an Israeli broadside condiment called Amba, made from pickled mangoes.

“I emotion the spirit of the pickled mango,” said Petrillo.

“I tin devour it for luncheon each time and consciousness bully astir myself,” said Fleischmann. “It’s healthy.”

Strawberry Moon’s grilled Branzino (CBS4)

The charcoal grilled Branzino has the cleanable vigor and crunch arsenic does the exotic grilled prawns marinated successful Moroccan harissa.

“It’s benignant of worldly. It’s not the American prawn with brackish and pepper. There’s a batch going connected successful that dish,” said Petrillo. “So overmuch labor, fantabulous dish.”

Strawberry Moon is unfastened 7 days a week for meal and for luncheon and brunch connected Saturday and Sunday.

For much info: strawberrymoonmiami.com

If you’d similar to effort the Chicken oregon Prawn Kebabs astatine home, present is the recipe.

Strawberry Moon’s Chicken Kebabs (CBS4)

Chicken Kebab Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast-2#
  • Greek Yogurt-1 Cup
  • Dried Oregano-2 TBSP
  • Garlic-5 EA-Smashed
  • Olive Oil-1/4 Cup
  • Lemon Juice-1/8 Cup
  • White Pepper-1 TSP
  • Salt
  • Spanish Yellow Onion


  1. Dice each your chickenhearted into pieces somewhat larger than a wound size. Sprinkle the chickenhearted generously with salt. (They volition shrink successful cooking to the cleanable size.)
  2. Combine yogurt, oregano, garlic, citrus juice, olive lipid and achromatic pepper.
  3. Fold chickenhearted into yogurt substance and fto beryllium overnight.
  4. Cut bulb into 1×1 inch petals. Place chickenhearted and onions connected skewers successful alternating pattern.
  5. Grill implicit charcoal.

Prawn Kebab Ingredients:

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  • Jumbo Shrimp-2#-Shelled Weight
  • Ground Coriander Seed-1TBSP
  • Ground Cumin Seed-1TSP
  • Sweet Paprika-1 TSP
  • Olive Oil-1 Cup
  • Lemon Zest-3 EA
  • Lemon Juice-3 TBSP
  • Garlic-3 EA
  • Ginger Mince-1 TSP
  • Salt
  • Sweet Peppers


  1. Combine Spices, Lemon Zest and Juice, Garlic, Ginger, and Olive Oil.
  2. Add shrimp and toss, fto beryllium for 2 hours, immoderate longer and the shrimp volition commencement to navigator from the citrus juice.
  3. Skewer the shrimp and spot a large, saccharine capsicum astatine the apical to clasp them on. Sprinkle with brackish close earlier going onto grill. (Grill with charcoal, it has the champion flavor.)
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