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.
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.
Your 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.