THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Ginger Grove
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Ginger Grove Restaurant Review: The Mayfair Hotel & Spa doesn't want to call this a hotel restaurant, so we'll abide by the semantics: Ginger Grove is adjacent or adjoined to the hotel by the lobby. Whatever---it's still a pretty place for out-of-town guests and Coconut Grove residents alike to enjoy a sophisticated cocktail and a tuna tartare nibble. If only the fare lived up to the setting. Consulting chef Christian Plotczyk, who wrote the menu and launched the place before moving on to other corporate ventures, was late of China Grill, and while he hasn't transported that kitchen by lock-stock-and-pan-Asian barrel, he has transposed enough of the dishes to make it seem awfully familiar. Shared family-style, platters of Peking duck confit salad with Mandarin orange dressing, lobster spring rolls with Thai chili soy milk, and miso-marinated butterfish with tempura shisito peppers are pleasant but much blander and less innovative than advertised. As much as the whole dining experience makes you want to shrug, however, Ginger Grove constitutes some of the most elegant eating in the Grove, so it's by default a stand-out among its competitors.