September 9th, 2016
3540 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
What I tried:
HIT Ode to the Foie Gras at Ariete. I am naming it not only the best and most unique in Miami, but the very best dish on a Miami Spice menu this year. Yes, it comes with a hefty $19 supplement price, but one bite in and you will not regret it. Although the regular menu lists it as $24/$36 for different sized portions, I found this portion on the Spice menu to be extremely generous. Let me walk you through this one…sour orange vinegar, Cuban-style temptation caramel, ember roasted plantains, and cocoa nibs. In case you missed it, that is foie gras over PLATANOS MADUROS, sweet plantains, aka Cuban crack. I cannot believe it took me this long to find it. Holy Miami, this one is for you!
MISS Thankfully, I tried the foie after an extremely disappointing Local Fish Crudo. I forgot which fish it was (blaming it on the wine), but even though it was seasoned with a guava, starfruit, almonds, and fennel dressing my tastebuds detected zero of it. Not even a little bit. Given everything else we tried exploded with flavor, something was definitely amiss here.
After a six year Coconut Grove hiatus, I was happy to be back. I loved the vibe at Ariete. The open kitchen worked non-stop. Service was warm and casual yet on point. Next, I hope to try their brunch.