We were heading back over the causeway from the Art Positions exhibits on Friday since we knew parking and dining would be impossible on the Beach that night. We were going to stop at Michael's but noticed that the two restaurants which had been under construction were now open. Here's what we found:
Brosia - the menu was extremely limited. You could either get a small or large tapas platter. Both came with piri-piri shrimp (very good, almost jerk in flavor), roasted pork tenderloin (good), manchego tart (not very good since it was mostly crust), ahi crudo (I hated it, very fishy, oily and salty, GF loved it). The platter was followed by a simple greek salad. For a place that just opened the service and food were surprisingly good. Granted the menu was extremely limited, it was a great idea to offer platters which sampled what will probably be on Brosia's regular menu when it's up and running. The decor is nice but the killer is the courtyard with the giant (not sure what they are) trees anchoring the center. I have a feeling the place will do well when it starts kicking in.
Domo Japones - not being full from the tapas place we hit the other new restaurant. This place was a madhouse and the hostess was not prepared for the mayhem (she reminded me of the Daria, the Beavis and Butthead spinoff). I'll make a long story short and say that a 20 minute wait turned into a 40 minute one, we were offered seats at the sushi bar but had them taken away when a party of 3 appeared out of nowhere and were apparently ahead of us, we were given a two top next to a couple who felt they could both sit on the bench side of the table and cuddle which they couldn't because the tables are literally 4 inches apart (the gentleman got irate when the hostess asked him to move to the seat across the table like everyone else), then we waited 20 minutes for a waiter who never showed up. We left. The food didn't seem that great or inventive and they were asking upwards of $20 for ramen and $5 per piece of nigiri/sashimi. I think it's a good idea we bolted.
We stopped at Michy's and had three small dishes and wondered how two entirely new places could have such vast discrepancies in service. We'll see how they do in the long run.