My husband and I have become regular fans of this place. We frequent it at least once a week when we're in town, sometimes more. It is our "go to" place when we want to show friends what terrific food we have in South Beach.
Last Saturday, we took some friends since they'd been hearing us rave about it. The place was mobbed and we hadn't made reservations. That said, we managed to get a table. Two chefs were on duty in the small kitchen (Cristian and Horatio). Even with all the chaos of handling the full house, we (and everyone we talked to around us) got fabulous food and service. First, our guests raved about The Dining Room's truffle butter and bread, as well as the marinated cucumbers that are all sent over gratis before your meal. This night, the chefs sent out to all the tables two new dishes to try: fluke ceviche with pink peppercorns and octopus carpaccio. Both were wonderful and everyone was amazed at the special bites, particularly when the chefs were clearly very busy. We and our guests shared the duck salad, the cobia ceviche, the branzino, the fish soup, and sides of tomatoes and mushrooms. For dessert, the Baked Patagonia. All were top notch and everyone left happy and sated. The atmosphere is intimate, and lovely. The music is low-key so you can have conversations without shouting. This place is a real gem.
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