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“Michelle "Michy" Bernstein's Amazing Miami showplace” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cena by Michy

Cena by Michy
Ranked #527 of 4,138 Restaurants in Miami
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 69th Street & Biscayne Blvd
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Michelle "Michy" Bernstein's Amazing Miami showplace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2009

Critics of the arts (be they visual, performing or culinary) get a bit miffed when something they are sent to review is so flawless, they have nothing to sling clever barbs at. Can you even remember a meal anywhere during which everything was absolutely spot on? If not, let me answer your first question first: YES, you should (and indeed MUST) dine at Michy’s on Biscayne Blvd, Miami.

I will take you through this amazing foodie adventure. Michy’s was participating in Miami Spice, a prix fixe $35 3-course menu. But, we choose to order a tasting menu for our party of 4, with continuous advice from our spectacular server, Jason.

Indeed, not only did we sample 11 plates, but where we skipped something Jason felt the adventure wasn’t complete without, it showed up anyhow. We never told him which to bring half orders for, and which to serve full orders. We told him what we were most enthused about, and he ran the show from there.

The house sent out two apps before we could order. A ham and cheese croquette and a ceviche were already on the way. The croquettes (served with a fig jam) went over well, but with the ceviche, I was already in foodie nirvana. The punchy, citrus-filled tilapia was served in a bowl (thank God it wasn’t yet another dull ceviche in a martini glass!), with corn “three ways”, i.e, popcorn, niblets on the cob, and corn nuts. The fish was fantastic.

Next came 3 more plates, 2 of which we didn’t order, but “the journey wouldn’t be complete without”. We ordered a Greek salad with watermelon. The feta was unlike any I had ever had, soft, fresh, not salty. This was exceptional.

Duck confit (baked 5 hours than quick fried before serving) over a bed of mandolin-sliced brussel sprouts, and Sweetbreads over fava bean pesto, plated over a sauce accented by fennel seeds, orange peel and a few mandarin orange segments were presented “for the adventurous”. We tried the sweetbreads, and found them to be tasty, and not dissimilar from particularly well prepared, lightly-fried chicken. The duck lovers among us went wild for this dish, as did the “Duckless Diner”, who marveled at the brussel sprouts “slaw”.

Then the fettucini carbonara with crispy prosciutto arrived, along with short ribs (with oven roasted tomatoes) , Malaysian curried yellowtail snapper, and truffled creamy polenta with a truffled poached egg, which we were encourage to mix in to the polenta. These plates were 4 for 4… 4 stars (or should I say, 16?). The meat from the short ribs may have been some of the most tender bites of meat I have ever known. The complex Thai flavor in the yellowtail snapper sauce (served over a hearts of palm salad and rice) had me scraping at the plate to savour.

We were far too stuffed for dessert and declined, so naturally, two desserts for sampling arrived anyhow. One was their signature baked Alaska (referred to as the “Sarah Palin” dessert) and a bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, raisins and chocolate chunks. The baked Alaska was visually fantastic, but not terribly exciting on the palette. The bread pudding could have used stronger notes of rum and raisin, and came across and not dramatic enough to cap off so fantastic a meal. But, as these were comped, we could hardly complain. (We had noted that had we ordered dessert, the chocolate brownie with salty caramel and seasonal fruits and the nightly granita with basel and mint would have been the way we went.)

We had no clue how Jason would go about pricing all this, but was beyond reasonable for such an outstanding feast, coming in at about $60/person (with a nice gratuity), with two of us having a glass of wine, and two of us having an espresso.

When I think of how two of us had atrocious food on Lincoln Road (one split appetizer, two dull-to-unacceptable entrees, one of which made me sick from bad fish, and cocktails that were supposed to be comped and weren’t at Aura), this amazing culinary event was an absolute bargain.

The simple synopsis is that you should absolutely go and dine at Michy’s… ASAP, and then undoubtedly often thereafter.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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rome
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Very good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2009

Very good food, even though the restaurant is in not in a nice neighbourhood. But the service was friendly and all dishes we tasted (almost everything from the menu..!!) were impeccable!

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Miami, FL
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“Flavorful and unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2009

The restaurant itself is kind of hidden, but upon arrival you walk in to a very eclectic, yet beautiful dining room. Floral chairs and long white fabric hangs down the walls, with mirrors lining one wall. It felt comfortable, and not at all stuffy. The staff was very helpful and made several excellent suggestions. The tempura crab was one of the featured items, and could not have been better. Moist and tender crab and crispy tempura...it was possibly one of the best I've ever had. We also tried a cerviche that was very fresh,a nd came with popcorn on top, which gave the dish a nice crunch. The creamy polenta was very filling and the half portion was definitely more than enough. The bacon added a nice flavor and the truffle oil added an extra dimension. The foie gras was perfectly seared and the maple glaze was a perfect pairing for the saltiness of the corn pancake. Be sure to save room for dessert as they are not to be missed. The baked Alaska was phenomenal, the dulce de leche was surprisingly not too sweet, but just sweet enough, while the merengue on top perfectly cooked. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date, or even just for an evening out with friends.

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Hollywood, Florida
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“Spectacular!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2009

I've wanted to eat at Michy's since reading about David and Michelle's latest creation in Florida Trend magazine. I had the opportunity tonight to take a business group there of 11 people. The Golden Spoon Michy's has received from Florida Trend is well deserved.

We ate family style, ordering several different salads, apetizers, entrees and deserts. NOTHING disappointed. Of all the food we had, the only thing unremarkable was the friend chicken. But the pork bellies, ceviche, churasco, watermellon salad, croquettas, paleta....EVERYTHING was spectacular. The baked Alaska and mango lechee deserts were my favorite of all the others we had. And to top it off, the service was excellent, friendly and professional. Well worth it...especially with a group, which eating family style just adds to the fun and enjoyment.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Miami
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38 reviews
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“Delighted ...........”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2009

After wanting to go to Michy's for a long time, We decided to try it as a Date night. We started with the Beef Carpaccio ( to good for words ) then we had Duck Comfit ( oh the Duck Comfit ) then we tried the Cod ( this was very Good ) but the Piece of the Resistance the Fettuccini Carbonara 1 word AMAZING....... The couple next to us ordered the fried chicken which I hear is pretty Incredible.........

Hats of to MIchy's

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