Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya, owners-operators of Mandolin Aegean Bistro.
Why they’re Food 50: Their vision for a relaxed Aegean eatery in the Design District is growing into an international brand.
When looking to start a new chapter together after careers in marketing and finance, former New Yorkers Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya wanted to open a restaurant that celebrated her Greek culture and his Turkish background. Their Mandolin Aegean Bistro, an indoor-outdoor haven built in a 1930s house in the Design District, is exactly that — a triumph of fresh and familiar yet exotic flavors that all pair seamlessly with affordable bottles of chilled rosé.
Toward the end of 2015, six years after opening Mandolin, Koutsioukis and Erkaya announced that they’re just getting started. They opened a second location, Mandolin Beach, at Soho Beach House in Miami Beach. And they hired Roel Alcudia, former chef de cuisine of Michael Schwartz’s The Cypress Room, to lead a worldwide expansion of Mandolin in tandem with Soho Houses in Istanbul, London, Berlin and Barcelona.
Where to find them: Mandolin Aegean Bistro, 4312 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-576-6066; and Mandolin Beach, 4385 Collins Ave. (Soho Beach House), Miami Beach, 786-507-7900.