Broken English

Dessert was our only real disappointment. Baked Alaska, at ten bucks per person, can be ordered only for two or more. At a minimum that's a $20 dessert. Could it possibly be worth it? Our answer, after a half-hour wait, was a resounding no. First of all, our server forgot about it, letting it wilt in the kitchen. Finally the manager, sputtering at the waiter in Spanish, brought it out, doused it in brandy, and torched it. The result was a charred, melting, overly alcoholic mess, its crunchy grains of sugar turning the meringue into what tasted like Bubble Yum. Next time I'll stick with something simple, perhaps the seasonal fresh fruit in a chilled almond terrine.

Every restaurant manager or owner in Miami has complained at one time or another about the difficulty of finding good help. I don't think that's the problem at La Dorada. These servers seemed more than competent with their Spanish-speaking customers. Perhaps their training could include some English lessons. At least teach the staff to answer the phone in both languages. Because if they -- and others here -- continue to assume that all their customers speak Spanish, then some customers might make the equally faulty assumption that they've dialed the wrong number and hang up.

La Dorada
177 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 446-2002. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Location Info


La Dorada

177 Giralda Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Calamares fritos
Scallops in wine sauce
Monkfish stuffed with shrimp
Chicken breast in almond sauce
Dover sole baked in salt

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