Went to Johnny V's in Fort La-di-dah again; here's this year's review:
Sat outside at a sidewalk table and started with an amuse bouche of Smoked Tomato Soup. What a delicious way to start a meal. Then an Tapas Sampler of Serrano Ham, Manchego, Idiazabel, Mahon and Cabrales cheeses, Chorizo on toast, Olives, Spiced Cherry Tomatoes and Lettuce. Plenty, plenty for the three of us.
BUT if you dine out with a Chef and a Restaurant Manager and they each one of the two specials - just follow suit. No, I ordered the Duck, Duck, Duck [or duck 3 ways]. One special was a 16 ounce Veal Chop with Bacon Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and the other special was Tuna Mediallions stacked with layers of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, both came with Roasted Root Vegetables.
So, my DuckX3 was a three way loser. It was all very underseasoned even the Spinach; I had to ask for some vinegar to salt and pepper it with to get some taste. Duck#1 was Duck Breast medium rare; Duck#2 was Duck Liver Confit and Duck#3 was a Duck Leg with very UNcrispy skin. Needless to say I was very disappointed.
Dessert was split between the three of us: Triple Berry Crème Brûlée which was recommended by the waiter.
blognote: only my entrée was a disappointment, everything else was great
Last year's review from 12/22/06:
Having been too tired to go to Chef Fest #2 at Social Miami in the Delano last night, we headed to Fort Lauderdale the next day, Monday, our day off.
Found Johhny V and it looked great from the start. Had a late lunch here.
apps: Blue Corn Crusted Calamari, Spanish Sherry Aioli, Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette, Grilled Hot and Sweet Fruit Salsas…$9
and Red Chile Blue Corn Chips, Tomato Salsa Fresca and Guacamole…$6
entreé: 2 Ancho Cinnamon Barbequed Pulled Pork Sandwiches, French bread, Tamarind Caramelized Onions, Mango Cole Slaw, Barbeque Demi Glace, Yuca Frita…$12 and a Smoked Turkey Club... $10
desserts: the special of the day was a Pumpkin Ice Cream Sundae over Chocolate Brownie and Fudge Sauce...$8, Three Berry Crème Brûlée “Pot Pie” Macadamia Graham Crust Freshly Whipped Cream…$8 and Johnny’s Favorite Chocolate Cake Caramel, Bananas and Peanut Butter Mousse, Malted Milk~Chocalate Chip Ice Cream…9
bev: 3 Spaten beers
bloginfo: Johnny V Restaurant, 625 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954.761.7920
blognotes: fantastic place, good food, great service. There is outdoor seating, a loooong bar with banquettes and a dining room.
There is also the most fully outstanding cheese menu I have ever seen. Cheeses from around the world offered in a 3, 5 or 7 cheese platter with all the trimmings.
I will return!