Monday, December 24, 2012

make it MICHY's in Miami's upper east side for mighty fine cuisine from Michelle Bernstein(12-23-12)

Our last night on land was spent with dear friends who live further north in Miami Beach, so we crossed the causeway and headed to uber-TV and locally famed chef Michelle
Bernstein's little spot in Miami called MISHY's ( It's a quaint small room with lots of dangling Capri shell chandeliers and simple decor.
Our charming and helpful server Rishhan brought Saint-Geron sparkling water, a new brand and quite nice and we ordered up a bottle of Verna's Estate VIOGNIER 2010 from
Melville, California that was a nice start. Samuel saw STEAK FRITES and out came the most beautifully cooked Flat Iron steak, but a couple of pieces were overly sinewy and he refused
to chew them for way too long. The steak comes with both Bearnaise and Au Poivre which Samuel chose not to use; he opted for ketchup on the fries.
I started with a spectacular dish of KOREAN FRIED SWEETBREADS with House Made KimChee and Lettuce Wraps. Samuel spotted the crispy treats and ended up eating about 1/4 of my tasty
sweetbreads, despite the spice from the kimchee! Only silly wax paper pieces at the bottom of the dish made it hard to get the lettuce wrapped up--I thought it was edible rice paper at first.
The TUNA TARTAR was declared excellent, but not as good as mine and the FISH CEVICHE with lemon, avocado, cilantro, chilies, radish and corn tortilla trip was okay. No raves.
We decided to split one order amongst the four of us of the FETTUCCINE CARBONARA made with Serrano Ham (instead of bacon), Peas, Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Poached Eggs in a Melting Saint Andre Cheese
Sauce that was indeed decadent and tasty.
The next wine was a big hit as Rishhan suggested the PRIOR "Scala dei" from Priorat, Spain 2008 that was rich, full bodied and went with so many dishes from the pasta to the fish to the steaks! It's a HIT.
Whole YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER with Malaysian Curry, Mango & Hearts of Palm was the least favorite and blandest of the main courses.
MUTTON SNAPPER was roasted with Celery Root Puree, Bay Scallops, Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce had more praise, as did another order of the STEAK FRITES.
My Young CHICKEN ROULADE Stuffed with Apple Chicken Sausage, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Green Apple Poultry Juice was excellent.
Desserts were nice with MICHY's BREAD PUDDING of raisins, cognac, chocolate chunks, orange rind and vanilla ice cream on top. Samuel tried the SPICY CHOCOLATE POT DE CREME
with Crispy CROQUANTS (cigar pastries) and Passion Fruit that most of us finished part of as he was not thrilled with the spice nor the yummy cigars.
My huge BAKED ALASKA was indeed the biggest winner with Pistachio Cake, Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, a huge dome of browned Italian Meringue and Passion Fruit Salsa.
We all left very full and very happy save a few flaws.
Needless to say Chef Michelle was off on vacation for the holidays..and ours continues at sea tonight, so see you back in DC next year!