Last dinner at Sra. Martinez - WOW!
So sad to see this place go. We enjoyed the $85 Chef's Tasting menu last Thursday night, and it was SPECTACULAR! Unfortunately, we were too stuffed to fully appreciate the final course, but man oh man this place is (was) so amazing. Rumor had it that Chef Bernstein was in the kitchen the last week of service, and based on the quality of the food, I would not be surprised by that at all. It was truly a meal we will remember forever....
Here's what came out, roughly in order:
Charcuterie (manchego, chorizo, jamon iberico, fig jam, maricopa almonds and a beautiful crusty, grainy bread)
Ceviche (SPECTACULAR- Rock Shrimp, Scallops, Octopus, Whitefish and lobster)
Heirloom tomato salad (indescribable -- licked the plate)
Bacon wrapped dates (sweet and savory - perfectly crisp bacon, sweet gooey date)
Jamon croquetas (somehow, they managed to melt the cheese, while keeping the interior dollop of fig jam cool...? Whoa)
Egg Yolk carpaccio (to repeat on a theme - seriously one of the best things i've ever eaten. I defy you to take so few ingredients and turn them into something so mind-boggling-ly delicious)
Steamed mussels (garlicky, saffrony broth with roasted grape tomatoes - we asked for a third plate of bread to sop it up....in hind sight, a tactical error that left us too full to enjoy the next course)
Fried Chokes (the only miss in this whole meal -- kind of salty, not sufficiently crisp, a tad lack luster and out of place with the rest of the meal)
Squid Ink Risotto with seared calamari and fried calamari (so flavorful and delicious - not something I'd *ever* order, but I LOVED it)
Foie Gras sausage and giant white beans in a red wine reduction (another dish to blow your hair back - tasted like buttery cinnamon raisin french toast -- part of our breakfast the next morning, cold, and despite what I perceived as extreme richness, not fatty at all straight out of the fridge)
Korean Short Ribs with green tomato slaw (delicious - the tomato slaw a perfect counterpart to the unctuousness of the short rib. Also eaten cold for breakfast - still perfectly flavorful)
Mexican corn ( a tad heavy handed, but delicious nonetheless)
Garbanzo stew with chorizo, wilted greens and melting tetilla (so perfect hot, and flavors still in tact out of the fridge - I'd eat this for breakfast every day)
Warm kale with garlic and chilis (ever so slightly wilted, yummy both warm and cold)
We managed to rally for dessert by boxing most of the last course - we were rewarded with hot churros with a deep, dark, bittersweet chocolate dipping sauce and beignet-like donuts with butterscotch pudding (unexpected and AH-MAZING).
And with that, we bid a fond farewell to Sra. Martinez. We've been to Michy's on a previous visit to Miami and also found that to be superb, but we are definitely saddened by the closing of this place. As many others have said before, the service at Sra. is NOT the best. Our waitress was a bit surly, and not particularly attentive on the drink/check-in/general grace front, but we chalked that up to the fact that she'd be jobless soon, and didn't hold it against her....I hope the lovely little space in the design district gets utilized by another fine restaurant. Adios, Sra., and thank you Chef Michy!