Luna Cafe Miami
Have not been but it's been recommended to me by someone as a good neighborhood alternative to Soyka (where the food rarely excites me anyway).
Another one in that neighborhood where I have been, and which was somewhat interesting, is Canela Cafe. It's sort of a hybrid Cuban/tapas place. The food was a little hit and miss but good enough that I'd go back. Funky little spot and nice people.
Totally agree. Soyka can be good or bad but mostly mediocre in both service and food. I've been plenty of times and never recognize the staff. They must have a crazy turnover.
Agree with Canela also. Croquettes are delicious, but tiny. I believe the lunch menu has more of a Cuban bent while dinner is mostly tapas. I do enjoy the place though, but wish they had something other than the traffice on Biscayne to look out on.
I went to Luna Cafe with my girlfriend for lunch this past Wednesday. You can tell its a new place; the staff was almost overly eager to help us. The construction on biscayne is a bit of a turn off because of inadequate parking, but their outdoor seating has sufficient covering to prevent the dust and noise from bothering your meal. Our waiter was new and didn't know the menu. We had to wait an extra 30 minutes for our grilled chicken and prosciutto paninis. The food was fresh, though I found the fried calamari rather bland; I tend to like my food inundated with flavor. For dessert, we had an italian cheesecake with ricotta cheese which was awesome. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience. The manager was apologetic for the mixup with our food due to the new waiter and gave us a discount.