Ortanique Stays True

If you haven't yet dined here, you should.

Dinner here is slightly less expensive than at fine-dining venues, pricier than at neighborhood haunts (most apps are $12 to $18, most entrées $24 to $34). Ortanique leans toward the latter category, but the reputation and renown of Ms. Hutson understandably plays into the equation. And yet: While it is not unusual for an established restaurant such as Ortanique to stick to tried-and-true signatures, it is surprising a notable chef such as Cindy doesn't shake things up more from time to time — or allow executive sous chef Jean-Carlos Brigante to do so. The menu gets printed nightly, occasionally with freshly minted creations, more often with permutations of past popular ones, but surely there must be something new and exciting under the ever-expanding gastronomic sun that can be incorporated into the bill of fare. At the very least, somebody should update the restaurant's website, which excepting a current calendar of events is frozen in 2006.

Joe Rocco

Location Info


Ortanique on the Mile

278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > Caribbean

Region: South Dade


Ortanique on the Mile: 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-446-7710; cindyhutsoncuisine.com. Lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner Monday through Wednesday 6 to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 6 to 11 p.m., Sunday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

That particular quibble aside, if you haven't yet dined here, you should.

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