Chef Fest starring the Olive Oils of Spain was held in Miami from December 8 to 18, 2005. Fifteen restaurants participated. Unfortunately, we only ate at one.
I chose DUO at 1421 South Miami Avenue. This is a small restaurant in the main floor of a commercial building. The floor to ceiling windows looked out onto the street and the Metrorail.
This was prix fixe menu. We were presented with an amuse bouche of Tuna Tartare on a potato crisp. The appetizers were either an Assortment of fish 'crudos' and Andalusian gaspacho or a Manchego 'Cougere', carmelized Onion Tart, Jamon Iberico 'Crisp', and Olive Oil essence. PS and I had the fish, SS had the cougere. We went with the wine pairings for each course and this one was the Albarino. The fish [one of which was Hamachi Tuna] was the best I have ever tasted!
A red wine [didn't get the name] accompanied the entrées. PS and SS had the Elysian Fields Farm Lamb Confit, piquillo pepper, Globe eggplant, manzanilla olive, olive oil 'relish.' I had the Olive Oil poached filet of Arctic Char, Jerusalem artichokes, saffron beurre blanc. Both entrées were exquisite.
The dessert was a DUO of olive oil 'cake' and 'ice cream', Sauvignon Blanc poached Asian Pear and candied navel oranges. This was served with a Sandemans Port.
One of the best meals I have ever had. We each recieved a gift bag of Olive Oil, dipping plate and recipe booklet. There was also a contest with a 9 day trip to Spain as the Grand Prize.