Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ocean’s 14

Asian-inspired dishes from a new Euro eatery


President Obama is certainly no stranger to Miami, but he's not the Barack we're heading to Ocean Drive to see. 

No, we’re going to South Beach for one thing, and one thing only: Barock Miami, the first American outpost for this famous European restaurant group.

Take your seat at a bamboo-top table inside the lounge, where stellar window views of the over-served pedestrians outside provides an appetizer for ample people-watching.

Known to get Matt Damon and Bruce Springsteen to park it in their 25 different restaurants throughout Europe (along with flocks of foreign models), the Pravda Restaurant Group plans to make Miami one of its many new U.S. outposts.

Models and celebrities notwithstanding, the prettiest items here might be the plates coming out of the open kitchen, where the flaky fried calamari and crispy pork spring rolls make for perfect pairings with the gin-infused Hawaii Five-O.

From there, visit a Thai place with tom yam soup using locally sourced fish (think grouper and shrimp), or the gorgeously presented sea bass baked in a banana leaf. 

While fish is Barock's specialty, a generous cut of filet mignon served with purple mashed potatoes is, well, downright presidential. 

Barock Miami
1412 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
(786) 691-1020

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street; garage
Scene: South Beach late night diners on more than a liquid diet
Best bets: Filet mignon; nem crispy pork spring rolls; tom yam soup
Hot seat: Tucked away in the lounge by the entrance for an enclosed space for people watching
Nearby: Wet Willies; Love Hate; The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant 

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