Smoked Foods Restaurant (Not BBQ!)
There are lots of great barbecue restaurants that have smoked ribs, brisket, etc. And there are some restaurants that have a smoked item or two on their menu. But is there a restaurant anywhere that specializes in fine smoked foods with a sophisticated preparation? I'm talking about a restaurant where all or almost all of the main ingredients (fish or meat) are smoked, and is accompanied by a nice sauce or other elegant preparation. Does such a restaurant exist? I love using my smoker to make very nice meals, not just bbq and beer (although I love that too). It would seem like a great idea for a restaurant.
I don't think it is a smoking good idea. Lots of folks really don't like smokey flavor (DW is among them). I think having a smoker to use for some items is wonderful, but 100% cooking with it would be to much.
It is fantastic! I've been eating there since I was one year old. and it remains one of my favorites ever. But while I find it elegant in it's simplicity, I'm not sure if it has the sophistication the OP mentioned. It is a simple, mainly open air place where many patrons are dressed for their day at the beach or boating.
My SO has never spent much time in Fl. so this was a must visit on our first trip down there together. We didn't say a word during our meal - we were equally riveted between the sublime flavor and eavesdropping on three commercial fishermen sharing fishing stories at the table next to us!
I would probably go there. I (partly) blame my meat-free lifestyle for my love of all things smoked, but I DO love it , from cheese to salt. I've had smoked beer and I love it. Maybe with some smokehouse nuts.
I think if it combo'ed the bbq idea with smoking in general (fish etc ), it'd fly somewhere.
Etxebarri, in Spain, would be your destination, then.
You should just google it -- it seems that there's an article on it in every other food magazine I read.
Plaza San Juan 1 Atxondo Vizcaya