Giralda Under The Stars: Season’s Greetings!

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This Friday (12/1), don’t miss Giralda Under the Stars!

It’s going to be an epic night of music and food, with @fabiworldmusic and @keithjohns on stage as you dance and dine al fresco at Rice! Special thanks to @shopcoralgables and Prism Creative Group for organizing this special event.  Because of their ingenuity, this community event is free of charge. Take a moment to RSVP here.

Giralda Under The Stars
Dine Al Fresco at Rice Mediterranean Kitchen on Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables


Here Comes the Neighborhood: Rice Kitchen Opens in Giralda Plaza, Coral Gables!

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We’re so excited to join the neighborhood of Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables!

Rice Mediterranean Kitchen brings a host of new vegan, gluten-free, and organic options to Miami’s iconic Miracle Mile neighborhood. Come build your delicious grain bowl or salad bowl after a day of shopping or during your lunch hour in the City Beautiful.

Venetian Pool

Offering craft soda, and a selection of wine and brews, Rice is a great place to refresh after a day of visiting historic landmarks and hotspots. We’re surrounded by incredible sites: from the family friendly Venetian Pool to the Miami Biltmore hotel, the University of Miami, (Go ‘Canes!), amazing residences, and the convenient, free trolley service!

Coral Gables, Florida: Newly completed beautiful luxury town homes located in the European inspired city of Coral Gables located in trendy Miami.

Did you know that the architecture of Coral Gables is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival style? Always fun when the food fits the architecture 😉

Cityscape view of the intersection of Miracle Mile and Ponce De Leon in Coral Gables, Florida.


“We can’t wait to bring the flavor back to Giralda Ave,” said Jafar Shabani, Rice co-owner and designer of the new Coral Gables location. “The community that has supported the Gables during this construction period deserves it. We can’t think of a better way to thank our neighbors for their support over the years than to start this new chapter together with them.”

Find us on Giralda Ave!

A special thanks to the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables for the continued support! Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest happenings in the Gables.

And mark your calendars for our Grand Opening party and Giralda Streetscape celebration on September 15, 2017, offering concerts, food and fun on the beautifully redone plaza.

The vision for the new Giralda Plaza is taking shape. Courtesy: Coral Gables BID


The canopy of banyan trees, a hallmark of the Coral Gables landscape

Forecast Calls for Spice! Executive Chef Ali Shabani to Appear on NBC “6 in the Mix”

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Tune in this morning to the local NBC station at 11:30 to watch Rice Mediterranean Kitchen Executive Chef Ali Shabani prepare a delicious braised lamb bowl with host Roxanne Vargas on “6 in the Mix!”

Chef will be showing off some of the new dips and spreads that will be offered at the new Rice Coral Gables on Giralda Avenue, opening mid-August.

As you can see from the image, the forecast for Miami-Dade calls for some spice 😛


Chef Ali Shabani makes his amazing savory braised lamb with Roxanne Vargas on NBC!

Introducing Rice Mediterranean Kitchen!

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Hi, and welcome to Rice Mediterranean Kitchen, a modern twist on the classic European dishes we grew up with!

With an emphasis on natural ingredients, prepared simply and served close to their source, Rice Kitchen is now cooking in South Miami on South Dixie Highway, at the former home of Rice House of Kabob. A second Rice Kitchen is under construction in the heart of Miami’s exciting Coral Gables neighborhood. We cannot wait to show you what we have planned for the Gables!

After years of careful recipe testing, refining and planning, Rice Mediterranean Kitchen now offers the most delicious and flavorful build-a-bowl concept you’ll find. A bold claim, we know. But we’re *that* confident in the culinary creations of our world-traveled executive Chef Ali Shabani. We know that if you try our food, you’ll agree!

At Rice Kitchen, patrons can create their own meal of greens or grains, dressed with velvety dips and savory spreads, topped with hearty, flavor-packed proteins and seasonal veggies. Here’s how to build your bowl:

First, pick your base. All selections are loaded with vitamins, like heart-healthy black lentils or artisan super greens. We also offer pita wraps for those of us who like to go fork-free 🙂

Second, select up to three dips or spreads. That’s right, three! We know how much you’re going to love these new tastes by Chef Ali, and we know it’s going to be tricky to pick a favorite. If you like spice, we recommend the Smokey Eggplant Harissa or the Sriracha Tomato Hummus. But there’s also the savory-sweet Honey Nut Feta, our vitamin-rich Greek Yogurt Sumac and Charred Carrot Tahini.

Third, add some protein to your personalized meal with choices like our rustic Falafel, Roasted Seasonal Veggies, Braised Lamb and more.

Fourth, top it off with Organic Chickpeas, Pickled Banana Peppers and more!

Lastly, finish it off with our legendary Sumac Sauce, lip-smacking Lemon Tahini, Harissa Vinaigrette, Spicy Sumac or Lemon-Infused Olive Oil.

When we founded Rice House of Kabob so many years back, we had no idea how much loyalty and love we would receive. Miami is where we chose to raise our children and set down roots, so it’s very special to us to be able to serve you the food we grew up with and continually raise the bar!

Sincerely and with Gratitude,
Chef Ali, Esi, Jafar and Reza Shabani