Parisian charm: In its au­then­tic rata­touille, La Petite Mai­son imports the fla­vors of France to the heart of Miami.

FROM A JAMES BEARD AWARD SEMIFINALIST PLAY­ING WITH CHAR­COAL TO A THREE-MICHELIN-STAR CHEF OF­FER­ING A TASTE OF FRANCE IN BRICK­ELL, THESE MAGIC CITY NEW­COM­ERS ARE FIR­ING UP THE CULI­NARY SCENE.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY CARLA TOR­RES

IN THE NABE: CAFÉ ROVAL

A true neigh­bor­hood joint, Café Roval sig­nals the re­turn of Mark Soyka (of News Café, Soyka, and An­di­amo) to Miami’s din­ing scene for the first time in 15 years. He’s serv­ing up oys­ters, caviar, and chorizo-dusted oc­to­pus carpac­cio to start, fol­lowed by a grass-fed lamb burger with apri­cot jam or Mal­bec-braised short ribs. After 15 years, we’ve got a lot of catch­ing up to do. 5808 NE Fourth Ct., Miami, 786-953-7850; cafer­oval.com

CHAR­COAL-FIRED: AR­SON

The next time you stop by the hid­den gem NIU and can’t get a ta­ble, fret not. Chef-part­ner and James Beard Award semifinalist Deme Lo­mas is try­ing some­thing new (pun in­tended) next door at Ar­son. The main fo­cus here is the kitchen’s Josper char­coal-burn­ing grill/ oven hy­brid, which turns out most of the hot dishes (like tuna loin with a trio of tomato tex­tures and oc­to­pus with anise whipped-cream foam, tomato gelatin, and spicy aioli). The star, how­ever, is the squid-ink cut­tle­fish tagli­atelle with tomato sofrito and aioli. 104 NE Sec­ond Ave., Miami, 786-717-6711; ar­son miami.com

FRENCH AF­FAIR: LA PETITE MAI­SON

The très chic, worl­drenowned Michelin Guide restau­rant La Petite Mai­son has brought its au­then­tic French fare to the 305, but it’s not what you might ex­pect. Case in point: tem­pura cour­gette flow­ers and sage-stuffed an­chovy beignets. Of course, there’s also a rata­touille that tastes like it came straight from Provence. 1300 Brick­ell Bay Dr., Miami, 305403-9133; lpm­lon­don. co.uk/miami

NIGHT DRINK­ING: GIN + COLLINS

What would you ex­pect from a ho­tel lobby bar called Gin + Collins? Lots of gin, nat­u­rally. Here you can sip half a dozen gin and tonic vari­a­tions, fea­tur­ing an ex­clu­sive house-made tonic, mixed by bar­keep Nikos Mantzaridis (for­merly of Beaker & Gray). Plus, re­verse happy hour. Bot­toms up! 2912 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786264-4720; acho­tels. mar­riott.com

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