The Flawed Couple

A squid preparation was better, soft body meat sliced into pliant rings on a plate that was rife with stewed plum tomatoes and capers. The serving was so big, in fact, that the spaghetti side dish seemed like an afterthought. On the East side the kitchen will grill any fish -- including salmon, dolphin, tuna, and grouper -- basted in a flavorful teriyaki sauce. We ordered the grouper, a delicious fillet accompanied by white rice.

It wasn't practical to survey all the sushi offerings -- and there are many -- but what we sampled didn't inspire us. A California roll was average, the combination of crabstick and avocado neither appetizing nor awful, but a bagel roll was foul with sour-tasting cream cheese. A cooked fish roll was covered with a thick sauce flavored with kim chee seasoning, an unexpected addition that had not been listed on the menu and that no one in our party liked.

The house dessert, a flavorless white rum layer cake that tasted not a drop like its signature ingredient, was free with the Italian meals. Tiramisu was also available, but after kim chee and crabstick we couldn't fathom the thought of espresso-tinged mascarpone and cocoa-dusted lady fingers.

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Chopsticks House

20553 Old Cutler Road
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Cutler Bay/Palmetto Bay

The cockroach that visited during dessert apparently wasn't concerned about East vs. West; it was headed up the wall next to me. If the proprietors are considering a bug patrol, they might also invest in rut control: The dimly lighted parking lot, which we explored by mistake after entering the wrong way and bypassing the valet, is a challenge to your chassis, especially when the valet has an audible penchant for speed and squealing brakes. Thrills and chills aside, the multiple personalities of Dino to Sushiya and Jazz Cafe could do with some therapy.

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