Rick's Reviews: Miami, Nice

Chef Franco at House of Food Porn. Photo via House of Food Porn, Facebook.

We’ve been spending a lot of time in Miami lately. That seems to happen whenever we have visitors from up north and the early snows up there have caused an increase in visitors.

After we spend the day showing them the beauties of Fort Lauderdale, the next day usually entails a drive down to Miami to take in Wynwood and the South Beach area. I truly don’t mind chauffeuring folks around, because we end up discovering lots of new places.

House of Food Porn

197 NW 62nd St., Miami

305-788-0137

HouseOfFoodPorn.com 

 

You know a dining place is different when you buy a ticket instead of making a reservation. It’s located in a run-down section of Little Haiti. The cinderblock building, with parking in back, doesn’t give you a clue to the jewel box of a dining room that awaits inside. You’ll sit at a u-shaped dining table which can accommodate up to a dozen folks. 

aasfgnDonate121519 2Your host, Nicky (wife of co-owner/chef Franco), is charming and explains the concept and makes introductions between the various diners. Franco not only makes all the food himself; he presents and describes each dish. 

The dining experiences are for either a four, six of eight-course tasting menu. For the four-course menu you are asked to inform the restaurant of your dining restrictions/preferences and the menu for your visit is tailored accordingly. The larger meals are prepared by the chef with only one option for each course. It’s great for adventurous diners, those with allergies and picky eaters would be better to attend the four-course dinner. 

The four-course tasting, which lasts approximately an hour and a half is $88 a ticket, the six-course meal is $111 while the eight-course runs $133. All of these include unlimited wine and are subject to tax and gratuities are accepted online and at the event. All sales are final, however you may reschedule 24 hours prior to your reservation. 

For our visit, we informed Nicky and Franco that my husband is a lacto-ovo-pescatarian (meaning he eats fish, dairy and eggs, but not meat) and the meal (for not only us, but all diners) was tailored accordingly. Our meal began with a “sushi” roll of fried corvina in a ceviche marinade wrapped in sweet plantains and baked. The second course featured seared bluefin tuna which had been marinated in a tamari sesame oil mixture. Sushi rice mix with tricolor quinoa wrapped in pink soy paper topped with wasabi paste and black tobiko caviar completed the dish.

We continued with another baked “sushi” roll. French puff pastry stuffed with with smoked corvina, red snapper and smoked ahí tuna, aged swiss cheese and baby arugula. The final course is a little more traditional, a flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of house-made vanilla ice cream topped with a guava “caramel” sauce. 

If you’re worried that you’ll go home hungry, I can assure you that you will not. Shushi House of Food Porn is expensive to be certain, but you get a bang for your buck. It is a dining-experience you’ll remember for a long time.

 

Here are some other dining options to consider while visiting Miami. 

Il Giardino at Mr. C Hotel

2988 McFarlane Rd, Miami

305-800-6672

mrchotels.com 

Il Giardino screens a classic film on its patio every Wednesday starting on October 30, to enjoy along with your meal. Reserve your $35 seat for the prix-fixe menu, which includes dinner, cocktails and freshly popped popcorn and sweets. The season kicks off the Bette Midler camp classic “Hocus Pocus” on Oct. 30 and continues through the end of the year with “White Christmas” on Christmas night. 

Hutong

600 Brickell Ave., Miami

786-388-0805

hutong-miami.com 

This is the Miami outpost of the famed restaurant with locations in Hong Kong, London and New York. Chinese ‘yin' meets Miami ‘yang’ at Hutong, where the renowned and occasionally fiery Northern Chinese cuisine meets artisanal dim sum and exotic signature cocktails. Try the dim sum dumpling sampling platter; peppercorn prawns, marlin, prawn & black truffle and wild mushroom with spinach. For a heartier meal, check out the Peking duck with pancakes or Kurobuta pork in char siu sauce glaze.

 

 


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