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NYC Transplant’s View on Miami Restaurants

I'm also an x-NYCer. Give Mike's another try. I'm with you on Sardinia. Joe's and Prime are what they are: expensive, good, simple food joints. No artistry.

No great seafood in Miami but River Oyster is my fav too.

Need to bust you on Sr. Martinez: lots of show, no resukls.

Maison d'Azur Lunch

I'm sure you are both intelligent people Moon and AKA and not to feed your fodder, but what I wrote were my feelings about the place. I suggersted it along with 4 other places and the people who corresponded with me made the final selection.

Please join us for a lunch next year and we all look forward to your suggestions and insights.

Dec 22, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Maison d'Azur Lunch

Five of us met yesterday at Maison d'Azur for our end of year lunch and we had a wonderful time. Two of us had been at other lunches together, and there were three new faces.

I actually have eaten lunch at Maison d'Azur once before. My colleague and I shared the Dover Sole with Champagne Sauce ($72) and an Arugula Salad. Dover sole is a delicious fish. If you've never had it, you really must try it sometime. But their Dover sole has some sort of heavily salt-based dry rub on it which totally overpowers the fish’s delicate flavor. You can choose a sauce to go with it and we chose a Champagne sauce. It was watery and practically tasteless.

Yesterday, I ordered the Classic Mediterranean Fish Soup with Grated Cheese & Saffron Aïoli
($11) and the Pressed Duck Confit Sandwich with Frisée Lettuce and Pommery Vinaigrette ($14).

The fish soup, while redolent of a rich fish stock base was heavily salted. The bits of seafood in the soup were dry and overcooked. The saffron Aïoli again was so salty that the flavor of saffron was imperceptible. I hate to be a total grouch but I believe that the grated cheese had been pressed into a little ramekin and forced to live in the refrigerator overnight. When it came to the table, it was like a clump of little shavings soldered together.

The bread is excellent and is brought to the table with small dishes of rosemary butter and tapenade. Both times that I have been to this restaurant I could tell that the rosemary butter had come straight from the subzero refrigerator to my table. It too was hard as a rock.

The Duck Confit Sandwich is a puny little thing. Two grilled pieces of bread (rye?) imprisoning a few scrapings of smeared duck confit and a few droopy leaves of frisée lettuce. It comes with fries which everyone agreed were very good and a fatigued green salad, also heavily salted.

Have I neglected to mention that the food in this restaurant is consistently heavily salted? It's really shameful.

On a more positive note, the Goddess Parkina was with me yesterday and found me parking spot right in front of the restaurant.

My lunch mates will be filing their reports shortly.

Happy New Year to all.

Dec 22, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Farewell 2007 Lunch, Friday 12/21 Maison d'Azur

A small group of us are meeting on Friday 12/21 at 1pm at Maison d'Azur (http://maisondazur.net) for a Farewell 2007 Lunch.

Because of some people's concerns, we'll probably be asking for separate checks or checks for 2 or 3 people.

Please come and join us.

RSVP to Jon at miamilunchgroup@gmail.com.

Dec 18, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Laziz in South Miami

That must be it, thanks! Does anyone else know it?

Laziz in South Miami

Anyone know about this place? Address? Review

Feijoada - Saturdays only on Miami Beach

At Boteco, it's only the first Saturday of each month. So, this Saturday they are on.

Nov 29, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Miami Lunch Group Strikes Again

miamilunchgroup@gmail.com is working (just tested it) please try again.

Nov 21, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Feijoada - Saturdays only on Miami Beach

Via Brasil (6616 Collins Ave.) has a very passable feijoada (13.95 for one, $24.95 for two)that they serve Saturdays only. The stew itself has all kinds of great fatty and chewy pig parts as well as carne secca (dried beef) and beans. It's served with rice, finely sliced collard greens (couve), orange slices and farofa, I don't exactly know what farofa is but it's like eating delicious sand! They have caiparihnas, beer and Guarana, Brazilian soda.

This is a tiny little diner type place, - nothing fancy at all.

Incidentally, the Fish with Shrimp sauce and the Moqueca de Peixe were both pretty uninteresting.

Nov 17, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Miami Lunch Group Strikes Again

Yes Frodnesor and lax2mia are right on about the Japanese market, - it's quite a fun place and the quality and VARIETY of the fish make it worth visiting.

As for the "Coconut Grove Creative Director/Consultant," he has his own business in C.G and if you email me at miamilunchgroup@gmail.com, I'll forward your note to him. Don't know anything about his clientele.

Hope you join us some time.

Nov 15, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Suggestions for prepared Thanksgiving Meal...

The problen is that turkeys are large so that meals are geared for larger numbers of people than just 4-6. Try the old favorites: Epicure and Arnie & Richie's

Nov 14, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Miami Lunch Group Strikes Again

Well, our Miami Lunch Group met again yesterday at Old Lisbon (www.oldlisbon.com) and let me tell you, ...You...Shoulda...Been...There!

On the social side, we were four VERY interesting people (I'm the fifth diner but I'll count myself out for reasons of modesty). There were the members of the Miami Dragon Boat Rowing Team who had just returned from a competion (and a lot of great food) in Hong Kong and Thailand, there was the Coconut Grove Creative Director/Consultant who lovingly described each of the six different spoons of ceviche that one can sample at Jaguar (www.jaguarspot.com), the husband and wife from Macau and HK that met here in Miami and the witty skinhead/gentleman/rower who got us away from food and in to a lively political conversation

A great time was had by all..

The food was pretty terrific and inexpensive, - Grilled Sardines, Bacalhao (dried salted codfish) many different ways with a beautiful vegetable soup as an appetizer for $10-$13. Can you beat it? They'll even throw in a glass of Vinho Verde, a light slightly effervescent Portuguese wine for another $2.

We had great conversation about local restaurants including Joe Allen's (Steak Tartare), Rosa Mexicana (she's new), Su-Shin, the tapas joint at the Citgo gas station on 16th Ave. and where to go for sushi (our formerly HK couple prefers LA and Canada; I said the Japanese Market on the 79th St. Causeway would work without the airfare).

Anyway, LIKE I KEEP TELLING YOUSE. You should have been there. Please be in touch and join us: miamilunchgroup@gmail.com.

Nov 14, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Miami Lunch Group Update

Well, we're off to a somewhat slow start, but there are four of us who are interested in meeting occassionally for lunch to explore our area restaurants, enjoy the food and discuss.

Because of schedules, logistics and budgets we haven't gone out yet but we hope to very soon.

Were you thinking of meeting up with us? Please write to miamilunchgroup@gmail.com and let's connect!

Oct 29, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

King Oysters at Tony Chan's - Miami

Don't miss the King Oyster appetizer at Tony Chyan's in Miami ($14.95). Four huge oysters that are steamed with matchsticks of scallion, ginger and soy, - DELICIOUS! Also available with black bean sauce.

Eight Treasure Duck was bland and didn't cut it.

Any other recommendations for dishes here?

Oct 17, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Calves Liver

Do you mean 42nd St. just east of NE second avenue?

Sep 20, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Calves Liver

Sorry kenr, I thougfht this was a SoFla board so to answer your query: I'm looking in Miami/Miami Beach

Sep 19, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida

Legal Seafoods Restaurant

I heard that Legal Seafoods is opening in Miami. Anyone know about that?

Sep 19, 2007
Lunch Hound in Florida