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Gigi (Midtown Miami)

lax2mia | | Aug 30, 2010 06:23 AM

I know a few of us have gone, here's thoughts:

Food: First a comment on the kitchen. They're freaking fast! We tempered expectations as it was only the 2nd night open so we were ready for long lulls between ordering, apps and mains but these people are on fire! Menu is split up into app-type plates to share and then noodle and rice bowls sized as an entree for 1 or can be shared. Ordered crispy chicken skin (couldn't resist) and to offset that and feign being healthy, local tomato and avocado salad as apps. Chicken skin was tasty, but some non-crispy parts made for a bit more of a chewy experience than anticipated. Also the asian romesco was thinner than I'd thought from a romesco. The salad was very good, especially with the addition of finely sliced fresh hearts of palm (which I still find difficult to find in Miami) and some rice "croutons" made from what looks to be the rice that burns at the bottom of the pan if you don't catch it in time (kind of like the crispy rice in a well made paella, but cooked longer and crispier and a perfect replacement for a bread crouton). For mains the softshell crab w/ red curry was very good, if maybe a bit rich for one person, and local cobia on fermented black bean rice - very tasty and excellent for fans of both fish and umami.

Drinks: Just beer and sake. Great compact list, including Rogue's soba-based ale.

Space: Mostly bar seating overlooking the vast open kitchen. Great way to talk to cooks about the food while they're carving intricate flowers out of carrots using the longest knife you've ever seen. Floor to ceiling windows in the main dining room make it feel airy and open with a view of happening Miami Ave.

Service: waiters friendly and efficient and kitchen extremely efficient considering it was only the 2nd day.

Pricing: Ridiculously fair. Don't think anything was over $15.

3470 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127