Hell’s Kitchen alum Paula Dasilva will trans­port your taste buds around the world with her lat­est culi­nary con­cept, Ar­ti­san Beach House.

Ocean Drive - - September 2017 - BY ALEJANDRA TOR­RES

After 20 years of cook­ing and ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the globe, chef Paula Dasilva has whipped up an eclectic menu at Ar­ti­san Beach House for those who yearn to travel.

What was your in­spi­ra­tion for the menu?

It’s glob­ally in­spired. I wanted the menu to be a lit­tle bit of all of my trav­els and a com­pi­la­tion of some of my fa­vorite foods from those des­ti­na­tions.

Fa­vorite dish?

If I had to pick one, I would say the oc­to­pus. We do it with an Indian in­spi­ra­tion, so it’s dif­fer­ent than the Mediter­ranean in­flu­ence that is more com­mon.

Guilty plea­sure?

Our choco­late chip cook­ies. We bake ev­ery­thing in-house, and every time a fresh batch of cook­ies comes out of the oven, I stand there think­ing, “Is there a batch that didn’t come out per­fectly round that we need to eat?”

What makes Ar­ti­san Beach House a din­ing des­ti­na­tion?

Three things: One is the view with the ocean. The second is the ser­vice. And of course, the food. It’s noth­ing fancy or over-the-top; it’s very sim­ple and we use great in­gre­di­ents. I want peo­ple to say, “Wow, this is re­ally good and unexpected.”

Big­gest les­son you learned on

Hell’s Kitchen?

When you think you can’t do any more, you can. Lo­cated in­side the Ritz-carl­ton Bal Harbour, Mi­ami; 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305455-5460; ar­ti­san­beach­

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