The St. Regis Bal Harbour has premiered this Greek oasis, Atlantikos, serving three meals daily, in the former Fresco Beach Bar and Grill as part of the 5-year-old resort’s $35 million rejuvenation.
“We’re bringing most of our seafood and products from Greece,” says general manager Panos Nikiforou, who grew up near Athens. “Our guests are looking for fresh seafood, and we take them on a journey through Greece, even though it’s a thousand miles away. Some say the food here is better than in Greece, and I can say that’s true.”
Nights of traditional, festive plate-smashing lead to grilled octopus with fava from Santorini ($19), langoustines fricassee in lemon-egg broth ($26), black-ink orzotto with langoustines, fried calamari and cured fish roe ($37) and rib-eye Corfu sofrito ($42). The Ionian Sea cocktail blends tsipouro, mastic liqueur, cucumber and basil ($14).
“We’re updating our menu to be more creative and go to phase two,” Nikiforou says.
Musicians entertain nightly amid white-washed decor with massive mosaic columns, extravagant blue agate tables and counters, and trellises under a sky-blue ceiling — all emulating Santorini. Alfresco seating is poolside.
OPA Thursdays features a family-style dinner with wine, beer and Greek musicians for $45 per person.