First - Click here: New York Post: Summer of Eating - to see my mention on this write-up. Now you may proceed…
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of escaping the city and jetting down to the sunny state of Florida. Commonly us New Yorkers use Miami as an escape from our bone-chilling winters, but lucky for me one of my lovely sisters lives down under (New York that is) and it was time to pay her and her family a visit from their Auntie Nausheen or as my family likes to say ‘Nausheen Khala.’
Now as we all know, I am slightly obsessed with tasting the cuisine of fine chefs from all around, but my sister takes it to a whole other level. I knew I would be in good hands and all I had to do was allow her to lead the way to Miami’s latest and greatest dining spots.
So first stop on the agenda was a pop-up restaurant by the name of Eating House. No it’s not a house, but yes – all you want to do is eat… everything. Rarely I come across a restaurant where every dish is a knock-out and somehow, perhaps due to the brilliance of Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House managed to steal my foodie heart. I must also preface that we ordered approximately 90% of the entire menu. Dish after dish, I found myself saying “wow” following each bite. My top choices would be: the Sea Scallops with Burnt Carrot Puree, the Beef Short Rib with Braised Snails, the Beef Tar Tar and Florida Tomatoes with Frozen Coconut Milk (one of the best and most innovative dishes I have ever tried). Honestly, I would probably list the whole menu as my favorite – you really can’t go wrong. BUT, I must admit there was one grave disappointment – the desserts. I was expecting to be thrown out of my chair as my occurrence with the main courses, but the ‘Smores’ and ‘Banana Pudding’ fell flat. They sounded like a midsummer’s night dream but lacked in taste and texture. Did I mention how disappointed I was?
That said, I would still say that you MUST go and try this restaurant before the pop-up pops out. The flavors are bold, the dishes are exciting and in my opinion, there is nothing better than a chef who takes the time to come out and serve each table at least one of his dishes. Just maybe skip on desserts and have some Talenti Gelato chilled in the freezer awaiting your return home. Bon Appetit! Bisous NYS