Mandarin Oriental, Miami debuts Yaku by La Mar
March 1, 2017: La Mar by Gastón Acurio, which offers Peruvian delicacies at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, has announced the opening of YAKU by La Mar, a waterfront bar and lounge. Situated on the north terrace of La Mar, the new concept will blend multicultural ingredients with a Peruvian-inspired cocktail program, light bites and a cozy waterfront gathering place with musical sets by resident and guest DJs. YAKU, meaning ‘water’ in Quechua (an ancestral language dating back to the Inca Empire), is inspired by the panoramic water views of the restaurant.
Open Thursday through Saturday in the evenings, YAKU will feature punch cocktails to compliment La Mar’s existing cocktail program along with a selection of twelve beers, wines and champagne by the glass. Noteworthy punch cocktails include the signature YAKU Punch with rum, mango puree, lime juice, chicha morada; La Picarona Punch with rum, Midori, lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice; Sexy Bombon Punch with bourbon, orange juice, cinnamon, orange bitters and the Amorsito Punch which includes Pisco, Quebranta infused with ginger, lime juice, pineapple juice, ginger beer, angostura bitters and a dash of eucalyptus syrup.
To complement the libations, the lounge will offer a menu of eight Peruvian small plates. Signature dishes will include Cebiche Tostado with tuna tartare, crispy onions, chipotle aioli, avocado; KFC Pop Corn with Korean fried chicken with Peruvian Chilies, gochujang, sesame, scallions; Los Choritos with mussels in their juice with caucau flavors, toasted bread and crostini; and Yuccas Estrelladas with hash yuccas, queso fresco, garlic and egg.
The lounge is outfitted with Peruvian-inspired textiles, teak wood furniture, bronze, terracotta and turquoise accent pieces, and sleek, communal wooden high top tables.
For reservations, call +1 (305) 913 8358