Latin-Influenced Small Plates at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Hello friends — and apologies that it’s taken so long to share this next post!  This one hails from the heart of Miami, the Wynwood Design District, to be specific.  This up-and-coming warehouse area of Miami is known for its eclectic artwork in the form of graffiti-ized murals, and definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area and have half a day or so to spare.

A couple of my friends were in town recently and we checked out Wynwood Kitchen & Bar*, a small-plate tapas restaurant whose menu is influenced by a variety of Latin cuisines.  The restaurant itself has ample seating, including an outdoor patio covered area.  As the name indicates, yes, there is also a bar!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I love tasting any and all different types of food, so naturally, I jumped at the opportunity for tapas!  The more I get to sample, the better!  Our table ended up ordering four plates to share, so without further ado, here’s our feast…

First up, Guacamole with roasted jalapeno, red onion, and cilantro, and also housemade chips.  Disappointingly, nothing too special about the taste or presentation, compared to other guacamoles… and I might even go as far as to say the chips were a bit too hard.  Overall, just okay.  The night’s still young.  Holding out hope that the rest of the meal will blow me away.

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Second up, Lemon-Pepper Calamari with pepperoncini (picked hot chili pepper) and marinara sauce.  Again though, I personally didn’t think there was anything terribly exciting here.  But my friends claimed they enjoyed this the best of all the plates we ordered!  I will say I did like it better than the guacamole.  Think I’m going to rate this one okay as well.

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Third, we have the Hamachi Ceviche with mango aji amarillo (hot yellow chili pepper) sauce, red and green jalapeno, red onion, and micro cilantro, as well as tortilla chips on the side.  Sounds super fancy, right?  I generally love ceviche — am definitely a fan of raw fish and also slightly tangy taste profiles.  With ceviche, I tend to expect small chunks of seafood, but surprisingly for this dish, that didn’t quite turn out to be the case.  The fish was instead cut into very thin slices.  Thinking back, I can’t actually remember if I loved or hated this dish… so does that mean it gets an okay as well?  A fine, maybe?

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Last but not least, pan-seared Scallops with crispy polenta, tomatoes, and feta.  I’d say this dish was my favorite of the spread.  The scallops were tasty.  Solid on the outside and soft on the inside, cooked well!  I also liked the contrasting salty taste profile of the feta and the bland taste profile of the polenta.  The presentation wasn’t half bad either.  I think this plate gets a good from me!

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All in all, a good dinner with great company — though a bit pricey for the quantity of food served.  Otherwise, what more can you ask for?  Oh, and the restaurant is located right next door to Wynwood Walls, a gated area showcasing some of the hand-painted murals that Wynwood has to offer.  It’s pretty cool to check out before or after your meal — and best of all, it’s free!  #ifitsfreeitsforme

*Location:
2550 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

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