Sweet Nectar Serves Comfort Food for an International Neighborhood
The friendly bucolic motif of Sweet Nectar is a stark departure from the space's former inhabitant, arctic-themed Tundra Restaurant -- and the rest of Las Olas, for that matter.
CandaceWest.com Owner Alex Podolnyy and the Dinosaur beef short ribs.
Contrasting weathered x-back and lacquered wood chairs sit under slatted wood tables topped with sturdy bistro glasses and simple, blue-striped white napkins. Exposed Edison bulbs hanging in vintage-looking metal pendants light the large bar of warm wood and black stone that extends from the patio into the interior of the restaurant.
Tundra -- the gimmicky concept dubbed "the nation's first ice art-themed restaurant" -- shuttered its doors this fall after a mere two years in business. Before that, the location housed Mancini's, an upscale Italian eatery catering to local politicians, developers, and wealthy residents for the better part of a decade.
The newest concept from Trust Hospitality Group, the team behind Rouge Waterfront Dining and C-Lounge Cigar and Hookah Bar in Sunny Isles Beach (as well as three eateries in New York), Sweet Nectar is aiming to give Las Olas locals a laid-back neighborhood dining option.
Owner Alex Podolnyy and Director of Operations Peter Cumplido (who has spent time in the kitchen of the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and as a consultant for James Beard-recognized Miami Beach gastropub Pubbelly) wanted to open a place that mirrors the way they prefer to eat.
"We like to try a bit of everything, small plates," says Cumplido. "Las Olas was lacking outdoor bar seating; we wanted to get away from the pretentious-restaurant vibe."
For Sweet Nectar, that means scaled-up comfort foods with an international flare, like boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinated in a secret recipe, tossed with flour, deep-fried, and served with a piquant Jamaican jerk vinaigrette. In another signature dish, Brussels sprouts are roasted and tossed in a spicy kimchi vinaigrette for a new take on conventional Korean kimchi cabbage.