Sra. Martinez, Design District, Miami

Thursday, 17 March 2011
All great vacations come with excellent food. My trip to South Florida to see Casey did not disappoint in that department. On Thursday evening, Casey, Tracy and I went to Sra. Martinzez in the Design District of Miami. We made reservations on a tip from one of Casey's friends and showed up around 8pm. Even the outside of the venue was gorgeous.

Chef Michelle Bernstein has created an exciting Spanish space where an eclectic but beautiful mix of people sample a menu of creative tapas. The cocktails are inventive and sophisticated. Tracy ordered a Pico Sour (Gran Sierpe Pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, Angostura Bitters), I tried the Ginger Daisy (which had a bit of tequila and a spicy ginger flavoring) and I believe Casey got a Buenavista (Hendrick's Gin, Sobieski Vodka, St. Germain Liquor, cucumber, mint, lime juice). Needless to say, our "starters" did not disappoint.

The service was impeccable. If you took a sip of your water, a waiter refilled it. Went to the ladies room? Someone neatly folded your napkin and our waiter was patient and very knowledgeable concerning the menu. The dishes again are tapas (small plates) so we ordered 10 to share. Some were cold, some were hot and we also tried a salad. The catch of the day was salmon prepared with a Greek yogurt and mint sauce, presented on a bed of lentils. Divine!

We agreed one of our favorite dishes was the Butifarra. Such an interesting flavor and texture combination:  Large white fava beans, foie-gras duck sausage with a port wine reduction.

Even the side dishes were inventive. We ordered a corn plato that was grilled and then dressed with an array of spices and herbs. A bit of cheese broiled on top added richness and it was still crisp and not overcooked.

Too bad we were too full from dinner for dessert. This is a restaurant I would certainly recommend in the Miami area. I hope to go back one day and eat in the upstairs area. The view of the restaurant is beautiful (and also a bit out of focus).


Casey said...

Loved it.

Annie said...

I love fava beans! But I'd stay away from foies-gras... just because of the way the birds are forced fed to attain the oversized liver.
Looks like you gals had a fab time. Love your restaurant reviews, very descriptive.