Aptly named the Catalan word for “nest,” this charming eatery in the heart of downtown Miami offers an ever-changing menu of seasonal, inventively prepared, Catalan-style small plates and an all-Spanish wine list.
“If the all-glass entryway of NIU Kitchen allows a peek into the future of downtown Miami, then we’re in for an inventive time filled with superb flavors and a modern Spanish accent. ...There isn’t a trendy brussels sprout or shred of kale in sight. Instead, Barcelona-born chef/co-owner Deme Lomas (Barceloneta) creates traditional Catalan food with an updated twist. Yes, there are potatoes and eggs and chorizo, but these combinations challenge old assumptions with Dalí-like eccentricity.” – Miami Herald
“At the far end of the space stands an impossibly small kitchen, where [Chef] Lomas turns out about 20 dishes featuring trademark Catalan flavors and techniques…. A cold, raw shrimp preparation is deceivingly simple-looking, but it hides complex flavors. A disk of diced raw shrimp rests atop thin layers of aggressively salted tomatoes and potatoes. It's served with the shrimp's head, which is meant to be squeezed over the mixture to allow the crustacean to sauce itself. The seasoning and slight snap of the potatoes and tomatoes pair perfectly with the sweet shrimp, creating a one-of-a-kind dish you'll want to order again and again… A trio of braised pork cheeks, quivering between luscious dollops of potato foam, almost melts into the plate.… In an egg dish simply called "ous," or "egg" in Catalan, a fist-size bowl is filled with the fluffy white cream, which hides salty slivers of jamón ibérico and two soft-poached eggs. The rich, runny yolks mingle beautifully with the earthy flecks of grated black truffle that seem to float magically atop the dish.” – Miami New Times
Tucked into the bottom of a historic 1922 building, the cozy (nest-like), 40-seat space has the allure of a hidden gem. Rustic and inviting, the décor reflects the fare in its creative sophistication. Reclaimed wooden planks line the walls, low-lit Edison light bulbs hang from long cords, and a chalkboard menu describes the day’s offerings.
134 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132