While visiting over Christmas my son and his fiancee chose Lido Beach for their small wedding (40 guests). As they were marrying on a Sunday few venues were willing to offer us a private room on Saturday night for the rehearsal dinner. Additionally, we needed late reservation (8 pm) to provide adequate time for guests flying in.
Miguel's has been a favorite of ours since we became FL "part-timers" in '03 and we couldn't have chosen a more perfect place for the event. Dan Garcia went over and above, conferring repeatedly with the chef, his brother Gabe, and tweaking the menu to offer sensational suggestions from starters to dessert.
My husband had the famous French onion soup, cheesy and not at all overly salty as is so often the case, marvelous salmon in Champagne dill sauce, and chocolate mousse as rich as Lindt truffles. My dinner starter with shrimp cocktail (deveined and butterflied), continued with spectacular sauteed sea scallops in citrus Buerre Blanc with carmelized onions, both fully cooked but still moist and soft, and the same decadent chocolate mousse.
Among the other choices, guests raved about the seafood crepes, shrimp scampi and beef tips Diane appetizers.The filets were all grilled exactly to the degree of doneness requested without any being over or under cooked and tender enough to cut with a fork. Both the Bernaise and peppercorn sauces were rich and flavorful in perfect counterpoint to the beef. Each dinner was served H-O-T and salads were served ice C-O-L-D. All dressings are homemade ... as it everything else, come to think of it. Those who chose the strawberries Romanoff, chocolate pecan tarte or pineapple cake for dessert thought their choice HAD to be the best.
Nothing can destroy a fine meal like inferior waitstaff and here too Miguel's shone. The service was superb ... unobtrusive but attentive. Glasses were never less than 3/4 full and the basket of sensational garlic bread seemed to replenish itself as if by magic. Plates and flatware were appropriately left on the table until EVERYONE seated there had finished rather than whisked away by overly eager servers as soon as fork and knife are set down. Igor particularly warrants special notice for his quiet humor and genuine concern for the satisfaction of all.
I told Dan once we had selected Miguel's that whatever glitches the weekend brought the rehearsal dinner would be free of them ... and it was. Turns out the entire wedding was the stuff of dreams, not a cloud in the sky or on the horizon at sunset nor a single love bug on the beach ... except for the two who were married.
Once again Miguel's more than exceeded not only expectations but all hopes. To Dan, Gabe and everyone who made this occasion the unforgettable kickoff to an unforgettable weekend, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!
To those of you who have not enjoyed the genuine pleasure of a meal at Miguel's, you owe it to yourself. And cap it off with a sip of the signature house quaff Licor 43, a vanilla and citrus digestif distilled in the homeland of the real-life Miguel ... Cartegena, Spain.
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