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Innovative cooking x Romantic x attitude free....any thoughts

Compleat Eater | Aug 8, 201307:19 PM

I hate to post this as I know it is so subjective but I have stalled out looking at 100s of posts, reading Frod's blog, Emacs elucidating posts, pages of menus and cross-referencing Yelp...I think I am gastronumb.
My wife and I will have dropped of our son at UM and she will need a soothing special night out. I am a chef and particularly annoyed with mediocre food and shallow service.
She's not into sushi or steaks. Loves a beet salad with goat cheese. follow'd by cobia with Tuscan kale with quinoa.
I'm fine with anything as long as it is done properly. That can be a ribeye or a simple pasta to tom ka gai or the best piece of salmon cooked perfectly, to mind-bending EMP dishes...
So with that said, we are looking for a dinner suggestion. We are staying in the Grove but happy to go to SoBe or other areas nearby. We've already booked LuLu's and River Oyster for other nights with the kids. Here are some of my kneejerk assessments:
Casa Tua: high marks romantic but the food quality will disappoint
Scarpetta: mixed (I've been many times in NYC) it can be variable but when they are on it is superb
Gibraltar: I cannot figure this one out
Milos: straight up 100% best fish product period, but not a lot of "cooking" going on
db Bistro: Again been at least 10 times in NYC and love their food and all db does, and have eaten Goddard's cooking in NYC but it seems odd to try db in Miami
Dutch: This is an enigma and Frod's review captures my mixed feelings. might be good in December with my brother...
All the asian/sushi stars are out as my wife isn't a big fan of ponzu and perfect sushi rice.....

So any advice would be great !

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