David Bouley's "Evolution" Comes to The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
For those who need to be first in line - the soft opening is this week. Reservations are available starting Thursday to get the Art Basel crowd fed... 786-276-4000
From the press release >
"David Bouley, internationally acclaimed Chef/Owner of Bouley, Danube and Bouley Bakery & Market in New York, brings his unabashed culinary talent to The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in 2006 with his newest restaurant david bouley Evolution—his first outside of Manhattan. Designed by the world famous architect, Jacques Garcia (designed Spice Market & Danube in NYC, as well as Hôtel Costes in Paris); the sophisticated restaurant will bring to Miami Beach an unparalleled level of cuisine and service. The dramatic Art-Deco space will feature a lounge, sushi bar, dining room, and two private rooms."
Be sure to post your reviews as soon as you finish dessert!
Based on your posts, I decided to try Evolution for my girlfriend and my anniversary on Thursday, Jan 25. Our first foray into upscale dining was when I took her to Wish for her birthday in December. She loved it so much that I considered going back, but was convinced by your posts to try Evolution instead. I made reservations through OpenTable for 9:30 and received a confirmation call Thursday morning. When you walk in, the lounge is beautiful. We had plenty of time to admire it, as we were there a little early, but weren't seated until at least 10:15. We had some drinks at the bar, which were great, but we were hungry and becoming a little impatient.
Any annoyances from the wait disappeared very quickly once we were seated. The staff was very attentive, which I'll speak more about in a second. We had a variety of breads on our plates right away. We began with the seafood appetizer. My girlfriend had the scallop crusted seabass, and I had the sirloin. My girlfriend followed it up with the souffle. Everything was delicious. I don't like chocolate, so I didn't try the souffle, but my girlfriend loved it. She had been talking about the strawberry shortcake at Wish since we went there in September, but I don't think she was missing it when we left Evolution (although, I'm sure we'll still have to go back to Wish again for it).
As for the staff, if you go, ask for Patrick. He was a great server and completely made the difference between a good dining experience and an outstanding one. As he said, he waits for people to open up a little before saying too much, but once he opened up, his passion for his profession really shows. He is extremely knowledgeable about the upscale restaurant industry and about anything that came up. Since we were among the last ones in the restaurant, Patrick also gave us a tour of the back room as well as a tour of the kitchen.
Unfortunately, I can't afford to go to places like this too often, so thank you to all of you hounds that posted and helped me to make another special night perfect!
We tried Evolution as well. It was the best dining experience we have had in South Florida. My husband had the tasting menu and I did not - I had an appetiser and entree. The chef felt badly that I would not be eating while my husband had his middle dish (salmon) so he served me the same dish at no charge. I had the seafood appetiser and scallop crusted seabass for my main entree. Everything was melt in your mouth delicious. Service was exceptional. Expensive but worth it if you can afford it. We will be back.
We had dinner at Evolution on the opening week! This restaurant is absolutely the best in South Beach right now. I do not like lobster and the lobster there was the best I ever had. The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the food ingredients and preparation. Desert was excellent. The overall dining experience was outstanding.
We had dinner at Evolution last Friday (December 15th) and I just wanted to take the time to commend the staff for a wonderful experience. I had the lobster, which was cooked perfectly, and my wife had the scallop-crusted sea bass, which she enjoyed immensely. The service was impeccable and the food was marvelous. If I had to "nit-pick" about anything, it would be the fact that our table was very close to the curtain separatiing the restaurant from the lounge, which sometimes made it difficult for the staff to serve/clear for my wife, who was closest to the curtain. My Mother, who is a vegetarian, was with us that evening and liked the fact that the staff put together a meal tailored just for her.
I went on Saturday night. The service was amazing and the ambiance breath-taking. But the food left a lot to be desired. My salmon had little flavor, I ordered my lamb medium rare and got well done, and to top it all off, there was a fly in my wine. Hopefully this is just some growing pains since the restaurant isn't even a week old, but we were not impressed.