This is like the best of the tapas restaurants in Barcelona, but with even more interesting food. The vibe is fun, the wait staff is helpful and efficient, but it is all about the food. I started with the only beer on tap, Hoptical Illusion IPA from Blue Point Brewing. It is the perfect accompaniment to the food, malty, golden with a slightly bitter taste-delicious. My husband had the Gruner Vetliner an Austrian white wine that was dry, light, and had a flinty aftertaste. We began with fresh briny oysters followed by the fried snapper salad that was a tempura fried fresh fresh piece of fish in an asian salad. It was crunchy and refreshing. The highest points in our meal were the scallops Bourguigon that tasted the way you always hope escargots in France will taste but never do. They were buttery, garlicky, and totally satisfying. The chef has the foresight to include a lovely baguette to sop up the extra sauce. The other must-have dish was the smoked sturgeon. It was served with a caviar beurre blanc and topped with a deep-fried perfectly soft cooked egg. It was primal! Even my husband who doesn't usually like smoked fish loved it. The most ho hum dish of our evening was the pork belly I am sad to admit. The dish was almost room temperature and the pork belly was missing the caramelization that makes it so yummy and has a soggy, fatty consistency. The butterscotch sauce was pudding like and felt somewhat congealed. It was fine but not up to the standard of the other items. We finished with a bacon brownie served on a light and refreshing frozen yogurt. If you want to avoid the crowd, get there by 7:30pm, otherwise be prepared to wait. It was fun for a couple, but we wished that there were more of us so we could share more dishes (the dates and the dumplings looked amazing). This was a must if you are visiting South Beach. If you live here, it is another reason why you are among the fortunate.
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