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La Cofradia or Cacao

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sibeats Jan 31, 2008 06:17 AM

Still working on my list for March and looking for something not in SoBe. Our definite's so far are Talula, Table 8, Michaels Genuine and Sardinia. Ortanique and Azul are on the short list. What do you think about La Cofradia or Cacao? I was just reading some old debates on Franscesco's as well. Are these 3 and Ortanique all similar enough that you would only choose one for a visit? If so, which one? TIA!

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  1. Icantread RE: sibeats Jan 31, 2008 07:12 AM

    I would say that the food and experiences of each of these is highly different. Personally, I've been a big fan of the food at La Cofradia each time I've been, but I seem to be in the minority. Either I've had very good luck with them or my tastebuds are not in sync with everyone else. Cacao I have not been to in some time because I found the portions quite small the time I went and that can annoy me, but it was very good.

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      Miami Foodie Girl RE: sibeats Jan 31, 2008 08:53 AM

      I liked Cacao, although it was expensive considering how small the portions were. It has been a long time since I have eaten a many course meal and not walked away feeling stuffed.

      La Cofrida was outrageously expensive, to the point of the being obscene. Lobster lasagna was over 55.00. It is hard to enjoy yourself when you feel you are being taken advantage of.

      I have always enjoyed Ortanique, although it can get loud. Palme D'Or at the Biltmore hotel is always a lovely place to go with a great wine list. It is quiet and the service is great.

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        Icantread RE: Miami Foodie Girl Jan 31, 2008 09:00 AM

        I honestly did not remember it being so expensive, but the first time was some time ago and the second was with Miami Spice.

      2. Frodnesor RE: sibeats Jan 31, 2008 10:36 AM

        Cacao - upscale "nuevo latino" drawing influences from all over South and Central America. Probably the most diverse menu. I've never particularly noticed small portions.

        La Cofradia - upscale Peruvian. Good flavors but for some reason I'm rarely tempted to go there. It does seem rather pricey.

        Francesco's - much more traditional Peruvian. Homey place (Cofradia is more slick, Cacao more elegant). Some dishes are quite good (the arroz con calamares en su tinta in particular) but I think this place is a wee bit overrated.

        Not sure how to pick among them, depends what you're looking for.

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          tpigeon RE: Frodnesor Jan 31, 2008 12:02 PM

          That's in large part because you don't like the ceviche at Francesco (not traditional) which is my favorite ceviche anywhere. I also don't think you had their tres leches cake which is amazing.

        2. Blind Mind RE: sibeats Jan 31, 2008 02:30 PM

          La Cofradia had good food when I went but the prices were asinine. Way overpriced. Honestly, I think the best Peruvian is at Francesco's hands down. I know there are others who will disagree as we've battled on this many times. If youre bringing a significant other, its a nice atmosphere too. Really cant recommend it enough.

          Havent been to Cacao so my recco would be Francesco's

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