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Pubbelly

1418 20th St. (Bay Rd.) Send to Phone
305-532-7555 | Menu
A chef-driven Asian-fusion gastropub (with strong additional influences from Spain and Latin America) featuring pork in all forms.
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Pubbelly Restaurant Review

: When this small Asian-fusion tapas gastropub opened in 2010, izakaya-style eateries were a rarity in Miami. These days, Asian-inspired small plates are such familiar fare in trendy lounges all over town that they’re near-clichés. But Pubbelly’s daily-changing menu is exciting, due largely to young chef/partners Jose Mendin (a veteran of several Nobu locations) and Sergio Navarro (formerly executive pastry chef for SushiSamba group); both have solid classical and contemporary cooking skills. Their influences and training, plus very active imaginations, shine through in dishes like the McBelly (a pork belly slider with Korean barbecue sauce, kimchi and house-made pickles); Japanese/Puerto Rican pork belly mofongo in shoyu broth; amberjack in Southeast Asian/Spanish lemon grass and hazelnut romesco sauce; and an unctuous short rib tartare with a quail egg, plus more unusual mix-ins such as pine nuts, apples, spicy tobanjan bean paste, and caper/chive mustard. Also fun are the dumplings: nut/citrus-accented duck and pumpkin with soy butter; pastrami and sauerkraut. For dessert, if available, sample the fried milk, an ultra-light warm custard with homemade ice cream and fresh fruit. The beverage list also changes daily, but diners can expect almost two dozen craft beers plus a thoughtful global selection of unusual and mostly affordably priced boutique wines, organized in user-friendly categories.

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