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Jaguar, Mayan Icon or Miami Institution in the making?


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Jaguar, Mayan Icon or Miami Institution in the making?

netmover | Mar 31, 2007 06:40 AM


I was determined to head over to Francesco in the Gables for Peruvian food. Unfortunately, my guest is/was sold on Jaguar's Ceviche, me too for that matter. So, I figure why not stick to the tried and tested in Coconut Grove and save Francesco for another day.

Once again Jaguar exceeded expectations. This time it wasn’t for their beloved Ceviche, which the two of us had 3 samplers between us containing six spoons each (think Japanese soup spoon). I am very partial to their "Nuevo" style featuring suave & tender Calamari or Tiger Shrimp, my guest is partial to their "Oriental" style featuring sushi quality Tuna. They also had a special Ceviche mixto which was fab and contained octopus, scallop & calamari with a tiny dollop of pureed Sweet Potato. Every Ceviche connoisseur knows Camote or Sweet Potato should accompany this Peruvian plate. The tiny dollop completed the experience nicely....anyway on to the main event.

Jaguar runs their specials for a week as opposed to a day. IMHO, this is actually a very good idea from both a restaurateur’s perspective and a customer's perspective. The special we chose was a Home Run...I got to correct myself, a Grand Slam (nothing to do with the dreadful Denny's breakfast ;-) ). A center cut Pork Chop, with the bone ala Lamb Chop, cut in half with the two bones criss-crossing over a pile of Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Peas and Caramelized Onions sprinkled about for good measure. I know, your thinking, so? Here's the dealio, this Pork Chop or Pork Chops I should say were so tender we cut them with our forks; in addition the sauce was simply delectable! I don't think I have yet to used that word on this board...DELECTABLE...what was the name of said special? Chancho Adobado...Adobe Pig meat is a very ruff translation.

We were going to try Swordfish alo Macho which sounds divine, but once again we had Ceviche overload and were happy to split one main event along with dessert. I have not ventured too far into the main menu on account of the aforementioned. Any one who has delved deeply into the entrees, please enlighten me.

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