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Foul practices at Versailles and wonderful food at El Chalan in Miami/Miami Beach trip report


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Foul practices at Versailles and wonderful food at El Chalan in Miami/Miami Beach trip report

Roger S | Apr 12, 2003 12:57 PM

Just returned from a trip to Miami and want to thank all those who have posted info/trip reports. We had great meals almost every time we went out but wanted to post about the Versailles.

We went to Versailles over the other Cuban places mentioned because of its "institution" status and repeated claims of good food. The food itself was not bad, but I saw something that made me worry about the where my meal had been before I received it.

At the table next to us, a child received a plate of french fries. The ketchup that was brought in a little ramekin was old an crusty so the boy's parents requested another. The next ramekin was slightly better and the boy's mother put three or four spoons of ketchup on his plate. They ate their meal and left. At this point, the waiter went to the table, and very meticulously salvaged the remaining ketchup FROM THE PLATE OF THE LITTLE BOY BACK INTO THE RAMEKIN for future customers.

Now this made me wonder (and a litle ill). Could my fried chicken with chicharones have been salvaged from the plate of some old toothless man? Our Quatros Leches w/ dulce de leche mysteriously had marshmellow in the middle.....did someone eat only the center of their dessert, prompting the waiter to cover the offending hole with marshmellow before serving the remainder again?

This was the only slight hiccup in an otherwise wonderful series of meals. Went to Chalan 3 times in 4 days for excellent ceviche mixto, a very light jalea de pescado, very delicate pescado a la plancha and papas huancaina. For those who don't know it, chica morada is also a wonderful drink made from black corn...don't pass it up.

Tambo on Purdy's Lane was closed for maintenance, but looked very interesting.

The Cuban sandwiches at David's on Collins around 8th were not as good as I remember them, but still very tasty. This is a nice place to drop by for a quick bite after the beach. Also, Front Porch was wonderful for breakfast with a view.

Thanks again for all the great tips.

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