Changes at M Bar on Las Olas: Chefs Out, Lunch In

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Change is afoot at M Bar on Las Olas Boulevard -- already.
M bar, which opened just over a month ago as a sibling to longtime Las Olas staple Mancini's, began serving lunch yesterday.

But that's not the big news.

More notably, the brother/sister team of chefs --
who opened the place -- Kevin and Lauren Anderson -- have left. Clean Plate Charlie learned the pair is in pursuit of financial backing for a small Miami-based temple to molecular gastronomy. (If you're not familiar with the deconstruction-heavy genre that features foods
that have been run through centrifuges or injected with syringes, you may want to do some Googling of French chemist Herve This, who pioneered the movement, or Spanish chef Ferran Adria, who served the last meal at his famed restaurant el Bulli this past Saturday night. Molecular gastronomy has been a lightning rod among chefs, who have asserted that "it's not food" and that the term "doesn't exist.") 

A source familiar with the split says the Andersons' departure is amicable. "What inspired the chefs and what Mancini wanted didn't correlate," the source said.

Jack Mancini himself told Clean Plate Charlie, "It was time to change." He said Claudio Sandri, his chef from Mancini's, will be running the kitchen in the short term and that he will interview permanent replacements over the next couple of weeks. 

Whoever Mancini hires will update the menu, adhering to the restaurant's farm-to-table concept. "The Florida produce season is wiped out during the summer's heat," said Mancini. "Come fall, we'll be able to use produce from local farms again." Purveyors include Palmetto Creek Farm (for pork), Gary's Seafood,  and Paradise Farms (produce).

Mancini confirmed that lunch debuted yesterday. The lunch menu -- featuring burgers, flatbreads, pulled pork, and salads -- is  more casual than the ambitious small-plates dinner menu the Andersons had introduced that featured crispy pig ears, fresh creamed hearts of palm with grilled octopus, and a sweetbreads riff on chicken and waffles. (These items will remain on the dinner menu until a new chef revamps it.)

The lunch menu features creativity in ingredient sourcing, combinations, and condiments among a selection of flatbreads ($10 to $12) as well as several new burger combos on brioche. (I'm into one topped with tomato, sharp cheddar, and fried egg [$14].) Mancini recommends the grouper tacos with lime and crème fraiche ($9). "It's a big piece of fish," he said.

And if you were wondering about the status of Mancini's: It's slated to reopen next door in time for the October boat show.
 
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11 comments
Maximilian
Maximilian

Poor "Jack-assss" Mancini!!!!!!He will never change.......How many chef he change in 8 years? Ask him!!!!He have many issue to pay his employee and his management, that's why he change many time he`s employee founding excuses to not give them money.... 

huweiwei
huweiwei

Shopping .....shopping....free shipping....free shippingLet's  go ---[[ w w w - (upsfashion )- c o m ]]---Wonderful....wonderful....

Melissa McCart
Melissa McCart

 According to Jack, Claudio is executive chef of Mancini's and works in the M Bar kitchen daily. Danny Dalladres is the sous chef for the time being. Over the next several weeks, Mancini will determine who will fill the vacancy. I'll follow up on the story as it unfolds. Thanks for the comments.

Bobby
Bobby

This article is all crap coming out of Mancinis bag of crap. He owes money to everyone. Nobody wants to do business with him. He has no credit with anybody. Garys seafood and paradise farms won't do anything with this guy. He can't even get credit with sysco. So who's gonna go eat at his crappy upscale wana be bar. It's an overpriced copy of all the decent places in south Florida.

Max
Max

Why do we care what the chefs are doing? They were nobodies from out of town, and now they'll be nobodies out of town once again. An experiment gone wrong; disbanded in a Mancini panic attack. I'm sure backers will be lining up for them.

Thelasolasgossip
Thelasolasgossip

There sous chef took control of the kitchen and changed the menu.Jack mancini copies menus from other resteraunts.

Mrcuruos
Mrcuruos

False Information!!!claudio sandri is there prep cook!!!

Max
Max

That's hilarious. Did he say "it was time for a change" after being open for 5 whole weeks with a straight face? 

T2ndznuz
T2ndznuz

Claudio sandri isn't acting chef!!!

Jasmine
Jasmine

This liar confirms the lie. Very surprising.

Max
Max

Jack's playing the new girl. She thinks she got a big scoop, but he's just getting some free PR. She'll learn. The truth isn't important at this point. Let's see how it plays out.

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