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Spanish Gardens Cafe Restaurant Review: In a version of the transplant story so common in the Keys, chef-owner Jose Palomino was born in Spain and trained in the culinary arts there before moving to this area to work as a fishing captain. His comprehension of Spanish cooking and his connection to local fishing combine into this restaurant’s identity. With a founding philosophy of “no more than four ingredients per plate,” chef Palomino makes sure each one is premium. He imports cheeses, olive oils and spices from Europe but applies them to seasonal seafood and natural Florida beef. Whether the hog snapper pan-seared and served Niçoise style or Florida wild shrimp in garlic sauce and Vera paprika, or wild boar tenderloin with wild mushrooms and piquillo peppers, Spanish Gardens harmonizes distant worlds. Ask about the current wine selections: Palomino has the contacts in Spain to access limited vintages and unusual varietals. There are wines here that you won’t find anywhere else in America.