This food hall in Doral wants to be a dining destination. Here’s what we tried
Food halls are over, you say? Hold my cocktail, Shoma Bazaar answers. The county’s newest food hall, on Northwest 36th Street in Doral, makes a different kind of proposition to South Florida diners: It wants to be destination for a night out. Shoma does this by making this food hall more than a food court, which is what many others have devolved into, a place that tries to attract the daily, weekday lunch crowd with an approachable (often still too expensive) price point.
Gold chandeliers, marble counters, low-slung leather banquets and club-like Latin music come together with murals and architectural woodwork to make Shoma easily the sleekest looking food hall in South Florida. On weekend nights, there’s a DJ or live music. It has a vibe. It has a lounging area. It has a curving, wraparound bar with backlit golden fixtures that exude a kind of style you don’t get at a quick-bite, daily food hall like Alton Food Hall, where Popeye’s is one of the options. There’s no fast food here. And it’s not inexpensive.