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Birthday Dinner Recomendations

muushupork Jun 1, 2010 02:04 PM

Hi i haven't done this before but over the past few years it's become a sort of tradition for my family to find a very good place to celebrate my birthday. to give you an idea of what im looking for the year before last we went to cafe sharaku on US1 in ft. lauderdale and last year we went to Michael's genuine in the DD. I like to find my own places and am looking into either Azul at the mandarin, Nobu in miami beach or Michy's. I was hoping to get some opinions on these and maybe new suggestions for places in this general type. i don't mind pricing or atmosphere i just want to get goosebumps when i am taking bites.

thank you very much

Oliver

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Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

Azul Restaurant
500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

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    Sobe4u RE: muushupork Jun 2, 2010 11:35 AM

    Michy's is more the style of Michael's and Cafe Sharaku (if you're looking for that again) than either Nobu or Azul... Michy's is smaller, focus on seasonal ingredients from local farmers, etc. You could also try Sra Martinez (run by Michy's husband) which has a cool atmosphere and unique tapas style dishes.

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    Michy's
    6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

    Sra Martinez
    4000 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

    Azul Restaurant
    500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

    Cafe Sharaku
    2736 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

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    1. re: Sobe4u
      muushupork RE: Sobe4u Jun 2, 2010 09:13 PM

      very helpful. i was wondering about michy's as ive seen all sorts of mixed reviews. would you say its consistently good in your opinion?

    2. Frodnesor RE: muushupork Jun 3, 2010 05:45 AM

      I honestly don't know if I'd describe Michy's as a "farm-to-table" type place as has been suggested. They use some local ingredients here and there but it's not exactly the raison d'etre of the place, not to the same degree as Michael's Genuine anyway. It's always struck me - and perhaps this is a touch naive - more as a collection of many personal favorites of the chef, which tend toward elevated comfort foods (creamy polenta with a truffle poached egg, braised short ribs, fried chicken, steak frites, fettucine carbonara) with several creative flights of fancy here and there (sweetbread and foie dishes are always excellent, I loved the cobia with uni risotto on my last visit).

      Though I am a big fan of Michy's, I have been one of those who have commented before about consistency - never in the execution of dishes which has always been faultless in my experience, but rather that I've liked some much moreso than others. In my more recent visits over the past year, this has not been the case, and I've not had any "misses."

      I think it's a really nice special occasion place with excellent food.

      I was back to Nobu recently after an extended hiatus ->
      http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...
      and while the food can be very good, I still find the price-to-value there out of whack. If you've never been to Nobu before, there are some great dishes there and their "signature" items remain some of their best.

      I haven't been to Azul since Michelle Bernstein left as chef and so don't have any useful insight there.

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      Michy's
      6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

      Azul Restaurant
      500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL 33131

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      1. re: Frodnesor
        muushupork RE: Frodnesor Jun 3, 2010 11:45 AM

        Excellent! I truly am only concerned with the food. I loved what i saw on Michy's menu for the most part. Im not much of a fan of short ribs, but the shortbreads specifically intrigue me as ive heard about them and never tried them before. I also love foie gras and will probably try both. I like the idea of Nobu's signature dishes but considering that ive been to a lot of places that are good quality with very similar style's I wasn't sure it would be worth it and you have confirmed my suspicion. One last time is there anything else you might have to suggest? just off the top of your head doesnt have to be similar to anything previous.

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        Michy's
        6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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          Frodnesor RE: muushupork Jun 3, 2010 01:15 PM

          Michelle always does a great job with sweetbreads, I have had several different preps at Michy's and they have all been good. Some of my other favorites there, aside from those already mentioned, are the white gazpacho, the bibb salad w jalapeño ranch dressing, a pork belly and clam dish which is not on the current online menu.

          You are no doubt right you've had dishes similar to those at Nobu.

          Another poster already mentioned Sra. Martinez, Michelle Bernstein's other Miami restaurant in the Design District, which is also very good. The menu is focused on tapas, both traditionally Spanish and more eclectic. I'd have trouble saying one is better than the other, depends what you're in the mood for. Note, Sra. Martinez is also Michelle Bernstein's restaurant though the name pays tribute to her husband/manager David Martinez. As best I know, David stays out of the kitchen unless he's looking for a snack.

          Consider adding Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill to your list. I've had some really great food there, particularly from the tapas section of their menu. More of my thoughts on it here ->
          http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

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          Michy's
          6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

          Sra. Martinez
          4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

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            talos126 RE: Frodnesor Jun 3, 2010 01:44 PM

            After your recent review of it, would you recommend Zuma to muushupork, Frod?

            It seems like if they were interested in Nobu, after reading your review, Zuma may be something they'd consider.

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