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Eden in South Beach Miami... Not the usual Foo Foo .

Tom Sawyer | Feb 14, 201110:56 AM

Saturday 2/12/11 I canceled my reservation for Mr. Chows and went with my Taxi Drivers recommendaton. "I heard some folks talking about a newer place called Eden"...

I am so glad I went with that little tidbit of information. Let me give a brief review of our experience;
I like to eat out for the food not for decor, so I will just say the place is clean, airy ,open etc. all good by me. Music was not that loud club music either ,it was a nice level and I even found myself enjoying Led Zeppelin's Whole lotta love, mixed in with an array of cool music from present to past.
They 'give' you homemade flat bread with a homemade "crab" spread. It was confusing they give this to you and refill it without me asking. It was real crab ,not from a super bowl party fiasco dip.
Our server Maggie was the best server I have had in recent memory; knowledgeable of the whole menu. I bombarded her with questions on ingredients etc.. maybe more than I should have but she was very cool to talk with. She said the Tuna Tartare is her favorite; Bang! it was off the charts and proper; chilled right, sushi grade tuna, hint of spice at the end, sesame goodness etc.. $15 and well worth it.
Dungeness Crab roll was next. I asked Maggie about it cause the crab dip was so special, she described it as refreshing , wrapped in cucumber and you get 4 pcs and comes with a passion fruit sauce. My wife and I almost ordered another one, it was perfect. $14.
Next was 3 Waygu Beef Sliders, proper , rich goodness , as they should be. $14
Main course was the Mayan Prawns w/ cauliflower, rainbow chard, spicy carrot, caper verjus sauce $28
, hoping it was a lite dish , and it was , the prawns (decent sized shrimp with no shells) were real shrimp, you can taste the briny,iodine love. Not drowned in sauce but sauce was on the dish for your own control of dipping. I think there were 8 shrimp , a very nice dish. I went with the Market Fish (Grouper ) saffron rice, stewed peppers, parsley, smoked paprika, saffron mussel broth $31.
I had grouper 2 weeks ago in Panama that I caught that day , and this was as fresh. But this fish was seared so properly with that golden sear on the outside. The saffron rice was crispy cause they almost burn it on purpose for the 'crisp' per Maggie. It was special, not smokey from the paprika, and MOST importantly the mussel broth was not buttery or heavy it was a light broth which is what it should be. Also no mussel smell or taste of a mussel dish ,in case this would steer you from this dish.
No desert, we were full. Of course I had to ask Maggie about the deserts just to enjoy her company a little longer and all were described to perfection.
Nursing a hangover I had club soda w/ cranberry $2.50 which I thought was nice of them since she refilled me and earlier in the day I paid $14 for a bloody mary somewhere (absurd!)
So glad we didn't do the foo foo thing in South Beach. I despise a little for a lot . Foo Foo places that make you feel like your doing them a favor I avoid .
Eden was memorable, I crave the crab dip,crab roll and crisp saffron rice already. Oh and I would ask for Maggie as your server.

I hope this place makes it.

South Beach Cafe
121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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