I learned about Tap Tap on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives many months ago. I was in Miami last month and didn't have time to get here. However, this time while on business in Miami I made it a priority to visit Tap Tap and I'm glad I did.
First - I have to agree with Gee009 (the previous poster) that this is a great introduction to Haitian Cuisine for those not familiar to it. Although, I'm not from Haitian decedents - I do consider myself half Haitian as I was married to a Haitian, my children are half-Haitian. As a child growing up in NYC every caribbean island was represented. ALL were friends and family members of mine....eventually. So, Haitian food/Caribbean food is not new to me. However, being here at Tap Tap made me miss my Mom (my Mother-in-Law.)
There is no parking at Tap Tap. I didn't see the sign for parking. I parked two blocks away in the Pulbix parking garage at Lenox Ave and 5th Ave. A very short and quick walk to Tap Tap and under 2 hours the parking is free.
Service started off slow. My son and I visited on Friday at 4 p.m. with only 2 people at the bar area. 2 waitresses were behind the bar as we waited about 5 minutes before we were greeted and seated. The ladies were chatting and rummaging through their handbags.
Lydia was our waitress and she was very friendly and knowledgeable. We ordered:
-Lanbi Kreyol (stewed conch)
-Mayi Moulen Ak Sos Pwa (cornmeal with black bean sauce on the side)
-Rice and beans
-Kremas (coconut dessert beverage)
The food was served fairly quickly like within 10 minutes of being seated. The food was fresh and delicious. The rice and beans were my favorite and full of flavor like Mom used to make. The Mayi Moulen was full of flavor and cooked lovely. The sos pwa on the side I didn't like. It had too much clove flavoring and was too thin and very little beans. The lanbi served with rice and beans and one bennan peze (fried green plantain). The lanbi was very tender and I could eat this daily. I added some of the hot picked spice on the table as the lanbi was well seasoned but I needed a bit of heat to it. The only issue I had with this dish is the ONE bennan peze on the side. This needed at least 4 for this dish or am I being greedy. :)
The kremas is an alcoholic beverage, which I drank when I got home. I normally do not drink alcoholic beverages, not even wine, but I wanted to try the kremas. It was VERY strong and put me to sleep almost straight away. This is definitely an adult drink and not the kremas I've drank growing up.
We ordered items to go which was packed nicely and Lydia asked my opinion of the food and drinks. I gave my honest opinion, which is presented here. The food is delicious and I'll definitely return when in the Miami vicinity. The ambiance invokes an emotion that makes you feel as if your Tate (Aunty), Grun (grandmother) or Mom is in the back cooking. This is what happened to me as my Mom (Mother-in-law) passed 4 years ago and everything I ate took me back to her kitchen with some variances of course. This would have been a place she'd love and proud to see a Haitian restaurant on Miami Beach. Then she would of told them how to do it better. LOL :)
Overall, Tap Tap is a great introduction to Haitian cuisine with brilliant artwork, great prices and I recommend all go when in Miami.
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