Miami

July 26, 2010

Brunch at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Sunday I had brunch with 30 of my super passionate “Food Friends” at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grille in midtown Miami. It was my first time there but at least half of the group has been there before and dare I say it, are regulars. Fanatic ‘Sugarcane’ worshippers to be more exact. No question the attendees at this brunch are the who’s-who of good taste, exotic taste and experimental taste in South Florida each with their own fervent opinion on what tastes good and this very special brunch at ‘Sugarcane’ was no exception.

There were just a handful of us who have never experienced Sugarcane Raw Bar Grille and the rest of the gang proudly guided us through the menu as a beaming parent would brag of their child winning first place at the science fair. No joke, these ‘Sugarcane’ fans are serious. They are avid fans of the restaurant and are fiercely devoted to the culinary talents of Timon Balloo the Chef de Cuisine. After being a part of the Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill experience I have to agree wholeheartedly that ‘Sugarcane’ has mastered the fine art of customer service and exciting food creations with a welcoming-stay-put ambiance which is what casts a deliriously delicious spell over its guests resulting in loyal repeat diners.

Our seven course menu was one gastronomic adventure after another. To quench our thirst we were served endless pours of Caipiroskas, Mojitos and the house specialty, Spice of Love. We started with lobster bisque garnished with two bite-sized lobster beignets. Then we moved on to the salad courses we were served two salads; a chilled bacalao, tomato, caper and chick-pea salad generously garnished with thick slices of a rustic country bread and a braised romaine golden beet burrata salad. The surprise dish of the afternoon was duck and waffles. I’m still speechless. Duck and Waffles, again my cherished readers this was a gastronomic adventure. The dish that caused the most elation and border lined active food porn was our next course, the crispy poached egg served with asparagus and duck confit. Holding final culinary court was the Timon Balloo nouveau-classic, Whole Roasted Chicken with truffle fingerling potatoes and robata corn. No brunch is complete without a bit of sweet and for dessert we sinfully indulged on the house made almond milk blanc manger with drunken cherries.

This was not your ordinary Sunday brunch. This is not an ordinary restaurant. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill under the creative talent of Chef Timon Balloo and General Manager Joshua Rubinstein have taken the ordinary and made it extraordinary. Click here to view photos from the brunch. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3250 NE 1st Ave. Miami, FL 33137 (786) 369-0353

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill on Urbanspoon







 
 

 
chablis

Let’s Talk and Drink Pure Chablis

Chablis, history From the days of  Tiparello Sweet Tip Cigars, Station Wagons with side wood paneling, Love’s Baby Soft, All in the Family, and Burger King’s slogan “have it your way”, comes the America...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 
Advertisement
 
15837844085_df795b5cce_z

Rodney Strong Wine Dinner at Sinclairs, Jupiter Beach Resort

The story of Rodney Strong Vineyards begins more than 50 years ago, when celebrated American dancer, Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the ...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 

 
Quinoa Caprese. heirloom tomatoes, basil, red quinoa, burrata, cheese, ají amarillo pepper vinaigrette — at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Express Lunch at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental Miami

The waterfront restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio offers diners the chance to experience and explore the authentic flavors of Peruvian gastronomy with an Express Lunch; three courses for $25 Monday-Friday; for an additional $7...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 
Advertisement

 
Boulud Sud Palm Beach Photo: SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com

Le Prix Fixe Lunch Menu at Cafe Boulud Palm Beach

While frequenting some higher end, celebrity chef deemed restaurants on a regular basis may not be within reach for some due to budget constraints; many of the managing partners are aware of this and have made efforts by offer...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 
Advertisement
 
Yellowfin Tuna Tiradito & Queen Conch, photo: southfloridafoodandwine.com

Miami Pop-Up Dinners

Short & Sweet, the info comes via Twitter in 140 characters or less…. a few dinner experiences worthy of checking out: Brad Kilgore of the soon to be Alter Miami is hosting a series of collaborative pop-up dinners wit...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 

Advertisement
 
Merryvale Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Merlot

Merryvale Vineyards Wine Dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille

Merryvale Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery producing small production lots from select vineyard sources. For over 30 years Merryvale has been turning exceptional Napa Valley grapes into world class wine. Merryvale...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 

 
Garlic

Thanksgiving Recipes: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I’m pretty sure this recipe comes from the Food Network as does the sausage stuffing recipe. Before the Food Network became the the behemoth it is now I was a huge fan of the original stars who started the show; the recip...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
0

 
Advertisement
 
Sage

Thanksgiving Recipes: Sausage Stuffing

This recipe for sausage stuffing comes courtesy of the Food Network, back in the day when Sara Moulton was the star. This particular recipe is from Sara’s classic show, Cooking Live. I’ve been making this stuffing f...
by SFLFoodandWine Editor
1

 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

CAPTCHA Image

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>