One of the best kept secrets in Miami beach, this authentic Cuban restaurant on the corner of Collins and 7th is an absolute gem.
The Ropa Vieja (literally translated as 'old clothes') is a shredded beef dish to die for. This comes with black beans and rice and plantains, and I highly recommend getting a side dish of garlic yuca(cassava).
Others were very happy with the roasted pork chunks, and palomilla steak, but my wife thought the fish was a bit fishy.
Top the whole meal off with a carafe (1 litre) of their fine house wine for about $22. Six of us had a fine evening there recently and the total bill was about $50 per couple. This included the 15% tip which is automatically added to the bill for parties of more than 4 people.
The decor is delightfully funky with antique 3D wall murals and mirrors. Uniformed waiters, some of which have been serving the classic Cuban cuisine since the restaurant opened 46 years ago in 1962.
We have been returning here every time we visit Miami Beach over the last 20 years, and have never been disappointed.Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 21-Jun-2008