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Soyka Restaurant Review: About a mile north of the Design District, visionary Mark Soyka (of The News Café legacy) has erected his namesake restaurant, an upscale utilitarian brasserie that draws mainly professionals who live in Miami Shores, Buena Vista, and other surrounding neighborhoods. Enormous overstuffed chambray chairs furnish the entrance and eat-in bar area. Sleek design-industry movers-and-shakers rendezvous with corporate execs over lunch. Young families arrive for an early dinner. Gourmet comfort foods abound, from meatloaf sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy to artisan brick-oven pizzas and a pâté plate with Brie. Don't miss Soyka's mussels marinière in their creamy, thyme-infused sauce. There's even a kids' menu, with simple pizzas and plain pastas. An inspiring wine list adds a new dimension to Soyka's usual bar repertoire. It's quite affordable, but this is Soyka's most serious restaurant, set in a tourist-free zone and aimed at a discriminating crowd.