Came here for lunch last month with my husband. This South Miami restaurant, part of the Pubbelly group, has a counterpart in South Beach. The star logo out front looks like a postage stamp, and gives you an idea of the international inspiration (Spain) that influenced the owners to start a place where "good food, drinks and people" come together. The atmosphere, with wine crate tables, bare bulbs hanging from high ceilings, mexican tile and Latin music, is casual and fun. The big screen TV was thankfully on mute. Finally- a tapas place to get excited about!. Mixing old style tapas, with innovative new twists, the emphasis here is on taste and creative presentation. I loved this place and would return in a heartbeat, preferably with a group to get the most of the variety of tapas. You are presented with a small dish of green olives when you sit down to munch on as you peruse the menu. Since we were alone, I opted for the "Plat del dio", a prix fix menu that came with a drink (I got wine), salad, main course and dessert or coffee for $21. The wine list has Old World and new wines from Spain and France. There is also beer and cocktails available. While sipping my tinto (red wine with lemon drink), I ate an amazing frisee salad with hard boiled quail eggs, fried bacon chunks (porkbelly?) and a yummy dressing. The only thing I would have liked better was if the egg was poached, but it was delicious. The chicken cannelloni, came covered in cheese in a traditional clay tapas plate. With dark meat and bechamel sauce, it was rich and good, (the cheese had a nice burnt crust on it) although, it reminded more of Italy than Spain. The flan, which my husband described as "heavenly" tasted more creme brulee than flan, carmelized, with ground burnt sugar bits dusting the top. Yummy! My husband got a couple tapas for lunch (and ate some of my meal). Fried calamari had a light crunchy batter and came with black ink aioli, a nice twist on this ubiquitous dish. The only miss we had was the scallops my husband ordered. They came with thin ribbons of zucchini and were plump, cooked well and looked beautiful, but lacked a bit in the flavor department. A dipping sauce (aioli?) would have been nice. Our waitress was efficient and helpful, making suggestions on the menu, which is a little hard to navigate. There are cheeses, flatbreads, dishes from the mountain, orchard and ocean, as well as oysters and scallops sold by the piece, rices and Bistro dishes to choose from. I watched as dishes went by us- the fried potatoes and mussels looked good and I would like to return to try the Porkbelly and Clams ($13) and Squid Ink Meatballs. They certainly like their squid ink here!
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