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Seven offers heavenly menu and atmosphere


If you go

What: Seven – Restaurant and Lounge

Where: 28 NE 40th St., Miami

Hours: 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday-Saturday

Lunch hours: 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

Prices: Small plates are $6-$16; large plates $15-$22.

For information: 305-456-3041,

South Florida News Service

As a kid, Antonio Turbay danced in his bedroom to the house tunes of the 80s, complete with strobe lights and mirrors.

“I would throw parties with the club toys that I collected,” said Turbay, who at 21 opened the real thing in his native Bogota.

Now at 33, he is bringing his “discoteca” to Miami’s burgeoning Design District. Called Seven — as in Seven Deadly Sins — the club/tapas bar will hold an invitation-only opening on Thursday and open on Friday at 28 NE 40th St.

Turbay said he wants to give locals a place to “indulge in their favorite sins.”

“Since I was 12 years old, I wanted to entertain and make people happy,” said Turbay, who owns five lounges in Colombia with a Cuban-infused theme — Cachao Mojitos y Habanos. “It’s very gratifying to see my childhood fantasy come to reality in Miami.”

Turbay, who owns the neighboring Gavanna club, said he wants to give the locals a place to “indulge in their favorite sins.” On tap for the “gluttony’’ menu: wild mushroom risotto, honey-glazed dates with bacon, angus sliders and steak, tuna or salmon ‘tartare.’

The menu was crafted by chef Nicholas Caiset, who said he trained with Spanish star chef Ferran Adria while attending culinary school in Barcelona.

“It’s like a dream come true,” said Caiset, 26. “Walking into the kitchen is like walking into my own home.’’

Caiset said simplicity is the key ingredient in his recipes.

“No more than three or four ingredients,” said Caiset, noting his croquettes are stuffed with goat cheese and strawberry jam.

Periodically, Seven will host performances by saxophonists, violinists and Flamenco dancers, along with dance music, Turbay said.

“The idea is to impress our guests with a different house-infused music experience each time they visit Seven,” said Turbay.

Beatriz Di Polo, who has been going to Seven since its soft opening last month, likes the vibe.

“I didn’t feel like I was in the Design District. I felt like I was at a nice lounge on South Beach minus the parking hassles and over-priced drinks,” she said. “I loved the ambiance and the music, perfect for a girls-night out or a date with my boyfriend.”

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