Monday, January 12, 2009
Dinner time! Now it is Monday night, a slow night; not in Miami. We arrived at PF Chang to find the parking lot full of people waiting for a table, 45 minute wait. Went to Houston's on the other side of the parking lot, same deal. Walked past Morton's [too expensive and I can go to the one in Hartford]. Tried the new Miami Prime which had lots of empty space but was a sport's bar and not what we were looking for.
Our finale is a success: Chef Allen's [celebrity chef Allen Susser] is in Aventura and we found it via the GPS in the cellphone. Only a five minute wait for table, so sat a the bar for a drink [Campari and Soda].
The wine for dinner was a Decoy Meritage [$65] and was perfect. The appetizers will be remembered forever: Lobster Mac and Cheese[$14] [like no other I have ever tasted; not creamy and gummy but simple perfection] and Shrimp Grits Brulée[$10] with manchego cheese, crumbled crunchy bacon and three large shrimp covered with parmesan cheese and put under the broiler. This was heaven [when Chef Allen came by the table I told him the grits were 'outrageous' and he laughed]!!!
Our entrées were wonderful too. Swordfish over Lobster Bisque[$26], Skirt Steak[$24] with chimichurri sauce and yucca fries and my Surf and Turf[$28]: two immense Divers Scallops and Beef Shortribs [off the bone] over mushrooms and winter vegetables.
Dessert was two individual Soufflé, one chocolate[$10] with whipped cream and Valronha chocolate sauce; the other a Grand Marnier[$13.50] strawberry soufflé with creme anglaise.