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South Beach Restaurants

it is very odd. to hear someone say that they were so disappointed with sardinia, and recommend taverna opa. at the same time.i cannot think of a single restaurant that serves lesser quality food than taverna opa. perhaps miami subs. but then again it will be very close. on the other hand. i have been to sardinia plenty of times. not once had anything but a great meal. try the burrata they have on special menu

Jun 21, 2009
nikostoumbaios in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best place to eat in South Beach

amen brother. ive been there a couple of times already . never been dissapointed.never had the chance to try their monday specials yet

Nov 02, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Bet for Money: De Vito's, Bourbon Steak, Kobe Club?

looking back at when this thread was first posted. now there is no room for debate it is clear that bourbon steak is the clear winner. kobe club is hanging from a thread they have absolutely no buisness, and devito is already for sale

Sep 12, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Aventura area dining

it seems to me that this is a lose lose situation, because it could very well be the other family writing a negative review about the restaurant ,had the establishment do something about the unruly children. it sounds to me that your experience would have been completley diffirent had you been seated in a diffirent area in the room. as you mentioned above the blame really falls on the parents ,for not being able to control their kids

Sep 01, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

1st visit to fratteli lyon

well here is my report from fratteli.the restaurant itself is pretty small,minimal design,inside a mini shopping center.made a reservation around 9:30 the place was pretty packed hosstess sat us down gave us menus .they also have a miami spice menu.but at these prices we decided to go a la carte . we tried the antipasti misti which you get to choose 5 appetizer items from the fish and salad section for 25$ .the tuna with beans was outstanding,as was the poached octopus with fava beans very concentrated flavors it lacked acidity,but with a little bit of lemon on the side it was just perfect, pickeled red peppers were pretty standard,edamame beans in olive oil and lemon and shaved parnesan reggiano on top was outstanding.the only fallout dish were the musseles served cold very bland very plain.next we did another tuna appetizer this time a la carte portion and to items from the salumi section ( sopressatta and prosciutto ) both very thinly sliced and served on a wood plank board very nice perfect food to munch on will drinking very affordable wine,which is the other sucsess about this restaurant. they have a nice wine by the glass selection ,then they have quarter of carafs, half bottles as well. which gives the custumer a broad selection in wines without hurting the pocket as much. however all the wines are italian both red and white .last we did three selections of cheese one was from goats milk and the other 2 were cows milk i dont recall the names. all three outstanding... and now we move on to the service..............................................wait a minute did i say service ??? that must be a joke lol. .. ive had more personal intimate service at a mcdonalds drive thru talking into a mechanical box. now i know this is not fine dinning .but even the basic steps of sevice in a restaurant were missing. the waiter ,which name i will not reveal for his own sake . was the poorest server i had in a very long time,except for cheesecake factory.from the moment we sat down his only goal was to give us the check so we can pay and get the f out... daily specials couldnt tell you .. whats the house specialty, most popular dish , reccomendations from the waiter ,only god knows the answer to that question. pouring the costumers wine , yeah good luck buddy i have 2 hands dont I ???? the only interaction i had with the server was for him to tell me give me your complete order now because the kitchen was very busy and the place would be closing in an hour and a half.....nice to meet you too my friend...i couldnt believe what was going on. at one point i felt like getting up ripping 2 wires out of the electrical box which is right in the middle of the dinning room ,and proceed to give the waiter an electrical shock therapy, at the faint possibility he might snap out of the catatonic state he was in.however i came to my senses and realized that this is just how the flow of the restaurant is, no attention to detail at 10:45 i decided we wanted to split a rissoto with my wife...oh yeah !!!!!! not in this lifetime my friend. kitchen is closed. it would have been nice if he would stop by at least once by the table to tell me that ..even though my review of the service is scathing. i still will go back to eat here again . yes the antipasti is that good. the next time ill know what to expect. i highly reccomend this place for people who like true mediterenean style of cooking ,with the antipasti and the wine.and very affordable prices ,just dont expect good service. at 130 $ for 2 people i didnt get any service

Aug 22, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

1st visit to fratteli lyon

i heard this is a very good place to enjoy antipasti and well priced wines. will report back later

Aug 21, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

first time at oceanaire tonight

you are right . sorry i wasnt able to report back sooner. i would have to say it was a decent food experience. we were a party of four .we tried a couple of apps which were very good ,especially the crab cakes .if you are a crab cake fan this is the place to be. the escargot on the other hand left a lot to be desired.moving on to the main dish, this is were the problem was for me.i was craving whole fish for a long time. so when i asked the server for e reccomendation , she told me abouth the key west snapper. which is down three different ways . fried , broiled ,and grilled so we went with her reccomendation. however we were suprised to se the fish come out fried it was a tremendous letdown for us , being that we only eat grilled fish. i think the server should have asked us before putting in the order.overall the food was good . but that last part was a fatal mistake for me

Aug 13, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

first time at oceanaire tonight

we heard very good things about this place. some people say it is the best seafood in town .will report back later tonight

Aug 10, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

1 st visit to azul 2 nite

i was impressed with the service i must say , they were very attentive. it seems as if they are all working as a team. however i did see one server talking on his cell phone in clear view of the customers , in front of the open aired kitchen. i guess i came in with very high expectations , so it was kind of a let down for me. i cant say that for these prices the food was the best i had...first i did the study of tuna.which is a trio tuna tartare,crabmeat wrapped in a cucumber.and the third i dont remember this was the least of my favorites... since i am comparing this dish to the tuna tartar at bourbon steak,which at 7 $ less is much better,same with my next appetizer steak and eggs a duo of tartare and carpaccio.it was a very small portion and for the price not as good as bourbons.. next we shared the corvina ceviche , which was done in the traditional way served with an avocado puree and fried plantains on the side. this for me was the best dish of the night, and very well priced at only 16 $ , the server reccomended a very nice albarino to pair with the dish which was great. by the way we did wine by the glass . i tried to keep it under 400 $ for the 2 of us. next came the entrees . my wife had the rissotto, and i had the cast iron skillet prime rib which was served with a potato gnochi gratin. at 50 bucks i must say i plate was very much a succsess, on the other hand my wifes rissotto was the smallest i have ever seen, the flavors were good ,it had a nice saffron broth to it, it was just very small. i did a glass of grand puy lacoste pauillac with my dish, and my wife had a glass of argyle williamette pinot noir.. after all these dishes there was no room for dessert or coffee. overall i must say this is a good restaurant. however for the price , i prefer to go to trina in fort lauderdale very similiar dishes and a better view

Jul 18, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

1 st visit to azul 2 nite

it's our anniversary and i decided to try out azul i heard very good things about this place

Jul 17, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Bourbon Steak-How to dress?

i would say it is smart casual.however most people come dressed to impress in this type of setting . especially on fridays and saturdays

Jul 12, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Name that restaurant! Ft. Lauderdale...I think.

it might be the upper crust cafe. but im not 100% sure

Jul 10, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Best Ribeye (South Florida)

best bone in ribeye at bourbon steak 18 oz .butter poached lighty seasoned with maldon sea salt and crushed black pepper

Jul 07, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Foodie and wine suggestions for a week in Miami Beach

about 5 6 yrs ago i used to frequent a restaurant called black orchid cafe. that specialized in fresh game dishes.this was truly a fine dinning experience . tableside mise en place service. i heard they have recently . is there a restaurant similiar to black orchid if one wants to experience fine dinning htrough and through ?

Jul 01, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Foodie and wine suggestions for a week in Miami Beach

i agree with you on cafe martorano.however for a couple of wine and foodie enthusiasts from out of town. steve martorano's my way or the highway style can sometimes be a little overwhelming for some people who are not prepared for that

Jul 01, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Foodie and wine suggestions for a week in Miami Beach

since u are willing to drive outside of miami . i should strongly reccomend casa deangelo in fort lauderdale off of sunrise and us-1.very good northern italian food.very impressive wine list,and most important the best service. i have been there 10 times over the last 3 years.always consistent.same servers are still working there

Jun 30, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Foodie and wine suggestions for a week in Miami Beach

i agree with frod on barton g. the food is halfway decent but as far as wine is concerned it is the weakest of the bunch .not to mention that they are always out of most of the wines on the list

Jun 30, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Foodie and wine suggestions for a week in Miami Beach

for a true fine dinning experience, there are a few restaurants, statrting with maison d azur in the anglers hotel, nice fresh fish and also french specialties. michys is another one.. best steakhouse in town and overall fine dinning is bourbon steak in aventura.in the fairmont resort. for fine italian there is il mulino in the aqualina resort sunny isles. il gabiano close to downtown in the biscayne corridor, timo"s in sunny isles is also a very good choice for italian ..as far as wines from this list bourbon steak has the deepest and priciest list,although il mulino and il gabbiano have a better italian selection..

Jun 29, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

hottest new restaurants in Miami?

prime 112, bourbon steak, kobe club, casa tua,maison d azur,,michaels genuine, red light,sardinia ,

Jun 25, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Best Restaurants in Miami

i have been once to the forge. and i have to say i was very impressed with their list.if you are looking for that very old prize bottle of bordeaux or an old world barolo or brunello.then best chances are the forge.they have been open for almost 30 years.and 20 of them they were the top bill in town by far

Jun 25, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Best Restaurants in Miami

that is true bs is not that deep in italian, south america,and some lesser known regions around the world.however RSFEIN was asking about a list compiled with the best list price is no concern.and as we all know on most lists cabs and chardonays are king this moment. along with an extensive list of pinots and a verry impressive burgundy list both red and white.however you are right about the italian selection

Jun 25, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Best Restaurants in Miami

out of all these restaurants listed .bourbon steak is clearly the winner.espescially when you say price is no concern.when it comes to cali cabs . vintage bordeauxs,grand cru burgundies etc.

Jun 24, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

One Night in South Beach - Hot Restaurant Right Now?

as far as kobe meat is concerned there is only one place that is the best .and that place is bourbon steak.service ,decor,and overall ambiance top notch

Jun 23, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida

Shabu-Shabu in Broward?

there is bourbon steak, In aventura . they use american kobe beef ,with daikon sprouts and matsousaki mushrooms. It is served with a pipping hot dashi kombu broth,which comes in a metal pot

Jun 06, 2008
nikostoumbaios in Florida