Visit Cuba & Indonesia in Miami

America, Cuba, Dutch, Indonesia — By on August 4, 2011 2:58 pm

My husband and I recently took a fun weekend trip to Miami to visit friends and attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Strolling along Espanola Way on afternoon we came across Havana 1957 and decided to give the Cuban restaurant a try.My husband had chicken fricassee–chicken marinated in citrus juice, garlic cloves, onions and bell peppers, cooked with criolla sauce, raisins and olives, served with white rice and sweet plantains. I had lechon, which is oven-roasted pork served with black beans and rice, yucca and crunchy pork skin. Both dishes were really good, but the chicken fricassee was better. I also had Cuban cafe con leche (coffee and cream) to top it off and enjoyed people watching, a Miami Beach must.

We also tried Indomania, a cozy restaurant featuring Dutch-influenced Indonesian foods, and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was outstanding; very fresh and clean. We ordered the Rijsttafel Sumatra, which includes all of this:

  • Sate Ayam (Grilled chicken skewer with peanut sauce)
  • Ayam Besengek (Boneless chicken in mild coconut curry)
  • Semur Jawa (Slow cooked beef in kecap sauce)
  • Rendang Padang (Beef stew in thick, spiced coconut sauce)
  • Sambal G Udang (Shrimps with peteh beans in coconut sauce)
  • Nasi Putih (Steamed white rice)
  • Nasi Goreng (Fried rice)
  • Gulai Telur (Boiled egg in curry sauce)
  • Sambal G Buncis (Crispy, spiced string beans)
  • Tumis Sayuran (Stirfried mixed vegetables)
  • Gado Gado (Salad with string beans, cabbage & tofu)
  • Oseng Terong (Eggplant stew)
  • Acar Ketimoen (Sweet and sour cucumber)
  • Rujak Manis (Indonesian fruit salad)
  • Krupuk Udang (Shrimp cracker)
  • Serundeng (Fried coconut and peanuts)
  • Sambal Uleg (Spicy Sauce)

The meal was brought out on a huge platter. Each dish was small, like tapas, and we initially thought we didn’t order enough food, but the small bowls filled us up quick. Excellent food, and the Indomania’s proprietor was there greeting visitors and making good conversation.

We also went to Prime One Twelve, a celebrity hotspot that’s supposed to have excellent food.I say “supposed to” because we didn’t have a chance to find out. We had reservations, but even with those the wait was 1.5 hours. So instead we had a few drinks in the bar, which has the best bar food in the history of bar foods: bacon. And lots of of it. Wine glasses full of it. My husband was in hog heaven! (Pun intended). Needless to say, the bacon didn’t last long.

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