There are many websites that i am member of which send me newsletters about things that are going on and opening in my city, Miami. Some that i take seriously and like to try most of the places they write about are daily candy, thrillist and eater Miami. I LOVE NEW RESTAURANTS. Here in Miami sometimes you have to act fast when a new restaurant is opening, here today and gone tomorrow. Doesn’t necessarily mean the restaurant wasn’t good, most of the times it is, just means there are so many choices some just can’t survive. These websites have a tendency to send out newsletters about restaurants before they have even officially opened. Second time this happens to me. First was at the cherry on top in the grove, daily candy posted about it, restaurant did not open until about a month after the posting by then it was forgotten.
Last night a friend and I head out to try a new Miami restaurant called JB Kitchen & Bar. I call before inquiring if a reservation was needed, and confirming it was open, it was...no reservation needed. We arrive around 9pm (normal eating time in Miami, if not early) and there is solely one other table with people eating and us. This other table finishes and leaves soon after we are seated leaving just my friend and i all to ourselves in this very beautifully decorated restaurant. All in all i must say that i recommend this place for anyone who is interested to give it a try. Large selection of different varieties of food, something i love...large selection of appetizers, side dishes, salads, and main entrees. Not to mention the appetizers and side dishes are definitely large enough to share.
We started with the rock shrimp with spicy peanut dipping sauce, and the tuna tiradito. The food came extremely quick since we were the only ones eating in the restaurant. The shrimp had been fried right on the spot very good and very fresh. The only complaint is that i like rock shrimp slathered with the sauce, the dipping sauce was something new, not my favorite way to eat this dish but nonetheless very tasty. Tuna tiradito was something new for me i had never eaten this dish, very similar to tuna tataki but the tuna is cut a little thicker. It was enjoyed. As our meal we shared mussels and a side dish of lobster mac & cheese, which had a very fair amount of lobster. The worst is when you order this and there is hardly any lobster. We rounded off this whole meal with a nice bottle of Malbec, very reasonably priced at $8 a glass and $24 a bottle, we had the bottle. $24 for a bottle of wine at a decent restaurant in Miami, that’s kind of unheard of, got to take advantage when you can.
We headed to green street, my friends and i most favorite place in all of the world haha, for one last night cap and to finish off our gossip session before we headed home.
All in all JB Kitchen & Bar will officially be opened on Friday February 12, 2010 and they are having complimentary happy hour the week of between 6pm and 8pm so check it out. Let’s hope this one sticks around for longer than 6 months.