This week, entrepreneur Sasha Krilov and internationally renowned restaurateur Mikhail Zelman announced plans to open a brand new concept in Miami.
This fall, the duo will open Klaw in the Magic City's Edgewater neighborhood. The restaurant will be located in Miami’s historic Women’s Club, a 95-year-old venue that was recently restored. The grand Spanish Renaissance building spans 14,800-square-feet and three floors encompassing a grand dining room with massive colonial-arched windows, private dining space, a theater kitchen. It is also home to Edgewater’s only rooftop bar overlooking Biscayne Bay, with undisturbed views of Miami Beach Skyline.
And what about the food? According to its creators, Klaw’s culinary program will be dedicated to Norway’s coveted King Crab and Certified USDA Black Angus Nebraskan beef, offering diners the epitome of the beef and reef experience. The King Crab served at Klaw comes direct from the rough waters of the artic ocean in the north of Norway straight to the sunny coastline of Miami. King Crabs will be housed in bespoke aquatic tanks on display in the restaurant.
Inspired by culinary explorer and executive chef in London, Phil Campbell, the beef program at Klaw is rooted in the exceptional cattle-rearing program historically practiced in the Lake District of England, where farmers carefully curate each cattle’s diet, living conditions and age to produce the highest quality beef. Chef Tim Elmore and his team have partnered with Nebraskan farmers that hold the same ethics and similar practices to deliver ultimate flavor and unmatched cuts to right here in Miami. The beef will be displayed in dry-aging fridges on arrival at the 4th floor dining room for guests to choose the best cuts Klaw has to offer.
While Norwegian King Crab and exceptional beef will be the main courses for Klaw’s menu, guests can also indulge in a menu prepared by chef Tim Elmore, who will be sourcing treasures from both land and sea from New Caledonia blue prawn and hand-harvested scallops to the best of both East and West Coast oysters.
Klaw will showcase a world-class beverage program to complement the culinary craftsmanship. Partnering with the best Wine and Champagne houses from all corners of the world, the restaurant will boast over 250 listings of old and New World wines.
As Edgewater’s only rooftop bar, Klaw’s bar program will be adding to the diverse, elevated bar scene in Miami. The bespoke cocktail program will feature a selection of fine sprits for guests to savor whilst looking over the glistening Biscayne Bay and undisturbed Miami Beach Skyline. Klaw will push the boundaries of mixology with unique cocktails and classic twists all while offering guests distinct cuisine, only found on the rooftop.
The new concept is an easy next step for Zelman, whose proven restaurants are found around the globe and focus on both meat and seafood. They include Russia's Goodman Steakhouse, and England-based Burger & Lobster, Beast London, and Zelman Meats.
Zelman found his passion in beef the first time when he tried steak in America as a young child and went onto open his first steak house in Moscow in 2004. Having spent his childhood in Moscow cutting and drying wood with his father, he nurtured a passion for creating special charcoals and hunting for alternative cooking equipment to traditional gas broilers. After discovering Spain’s Josper oven-grill, he began experimenting with his own technique for cooking meats and seafood. Several years later, he has 20 restaurants across four continents to his name, and a strong belief that a restaurant can focus on just one product served perfectly every day.
"It's an honor to be able to bring our new concept Klaw to Miami, as nowhere else in the magic city can diners walk into a historic building with so much history and have a unique culinary journey," said Zelman. "Our team of passionate chefs have been working on our culinary program for years, and we now have our moment to share this at Klaw for the ultimate surf and turf experience."
Complimenting the grandeur of Klaw’s menu is its location: the historic Women’s Club of Miami. With nearly 100 years of deep-rooted history as one of the first buildings in Florida to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the five-story waterfront building will once again be returned to its former grandeur with a modern twist.
Klaw’s interior design will be reimagined by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, an internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design studio known for projects like Soho House, The Surf Club Restaurant in Miami, Harrod’s wine shop, and more. Brudnizki’s design for Klaw will emulate a distinctive and eclectic mix of moody colors and deep woods to compliment the buildings story and water-front location.
"It's rare that you find a building with such history and character in Miami, and we’re excited to usher in the next chapter of the Women’s Club’s life," says Brudnizkim "The interiors will have a beautiful balance between airy and intimate, casual and elegant, and rustic and luxury, as well as really meld the best of Miami into one space."
Klaw is located at 1737 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, please visit www.klawrestaurant.com and follow along on Instagram @klawrestaurant.