Soba in Mizner Park – Japanese/Peruvian - A new favorite
I have yet to see a review on this restaurant so I thought I would oblige.
The wife and I have been to Soba a few times in the past but only for drinks (as they do some real cool martinis) and caviar but this time we decided to do a real dinner. The menu was reminiscent of Sush Samba on Lincoln in South Beach, which we have enjoyed many times so we had high hopes. The restaurant owner is of Russian descent, which explains a number of Russian/Eastern European items on the menu in addition to a wide selection of caviars.
The restaurant is small and the weather was wonderful so we opted for an outside table. Immediately as we sat down, the owner, Eddie, recognized us as prior “drink” customers who were now here for dinner and treated us to a free round of Martinis. We had a pepper martini and lychee fruit martini, which were excellent. The pepper martini was so good; the wife had 2 more just like it before the meal was done. I had two more martinis, a pear and mango martini, which were both very good, but the lychee fruit was the best.
We were a little disappointed that we couldn’t get the Omikaze dinner as the chef did not have the time to prepare but our dinner was fantastic nonetheless. Instead of your typical sushi and sushi rolls, we opted for a mix of Japanese and Peruvian inspired small plates, which is our favorite way to eat. We basically had three rounds:
Tuna rapped around snow crab - Very good. Fresh. A highlight at any other sushi joint but at this restaurant, it was nothing compared to what was to come.
Scallops baked with lime and Parmesan - One of the best things foods I have ever tasted. It was so good, I was laughing. Fortunately there were 6 on the plate so as to keep providing me with another awesome bite after the other.
Seafood Ceviche - Good sized portion with nice firm, fresh fish and was extremely limey with tons of fresh purple onions. The wife actually drank the juice out of the bottom of the bowl, she loved it so much!
Taramosalata - A Greek caviar dip. I have a soft spot in my heart for this dish as it is very similar to salata de icre, a romanian dish that some older members of my family born in Romania used to make at big family meals. Very silky and salty and perfect on crustinis. Tastes like caviar-ish but at 1/10th the price.
Octopus Anticuchos – Two small skewers of grilled octopus served with three kinds of sauce that added a pesto flavor and some heat. Very good but unfortunately, it was only a small plate.
Tuna trio - Three kinds of diced/sliced raw tuna with different sauces ranging from a sweet apricot sauce to those that packed a bunch more flavor. Once again incredible.
Even thought it’s a small restaurant, there are a bunch of outside tables. While I think this place is the perfect restaurant for a date, the wife and I agree that we could take the kids there as there are a number of soups and noodle dishes on the menu that our kids would love. On my return I will definitely get the scallops, ceviche, anticuchos, and tuna trio again and try a few new items next time.