Given Les Flâneurs love of shared food, it comes as no surprise that tapas are a favorite form. Why have 2 different meals when you can have 5 or 6? It's a win, win, win, win, win, win, WIN! So, how delighted were we when our apartment swap mates came back with 3 recommended tapa bars? Tapa the world ma! ;-)
Our first stop was at Bazaar Mar, where they serve an exquisite frozen Caiparinha that is chilled with liquid nitrogen. Given that there is no ice in the drink, it is flavorful and potent. And if you are not delighted by this presentation, well then, you are not Un Flâneur!
All 5 dishes were marvelous and dramatically presented, as with this lion fish shown with a plate of roasted cauliflower at right.
Were it not for the Yelp $$$ rating, this might have been our fave place. Hewing more closely to the ****/$$ sweetspot was NIU Kitchen for the pure joy of the food. Its a small place with 10 or so tops and a very precise philosophy.
We found genius in every dish, beginning with the bruschetta, where sourcing of the tomatoes was definitely the key.
And rising to crescendo with the Arròs Sec, with botifarra (spanish sausage) and cuttlefish. This was sublime.
Ultimately, however, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill came out as our favorite because of the combination of food and vibrant ambience.
The ceiling fans recreated early 20th century Miami or Cuba and played a pleasant breeze throughout. The daiquiris and mules built the momentum toward dinner.
With a suitable pinnacle delivered in the flap steak chimichurri.
Finding ourselves too stuffed for desert, we hopped an Uber pool ($2.85!) to Miami beach, where we took in the visual feast as they set up for a Memorial Day airshow.