Xixon: bigger, better

Soups shine as well, from a bright, traditional gazpacho that comes by the bowl or shot, to a rustic Castilian garlic-and-bread soup potent with slices of the namesake bulb and smokiness from bits of bacon. That the broth came with flecks of charred garlic and a thin film of oil floating on top only added to its peasant charm.

Flan, churros, a spot-on version of rice pudding, and deep-fried slices of milk custard with vanilla ice cream lead the parade of dessert offerings. Some of the others are a bit more eclectic, like marzipan balls (mellower on the almond and sugar than most) in moats of freshly whipped cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, or dense little squares of almost candy-like "fig cake" matched with slices of Manchego.

Xixón's marzipan balls float in moats of freshly whipped cream drizzled with chocolate syrup. View more photos in our Xixón slide show.
Michael McElroy
Xixón's marzipan balls float in moats of freshly whipped cream drizzled with chocolate syrup. View more photos in our Xixón slide show.
Pata negra at Xixón's market.
Michael McElroy
Pata negra at Xixón's market.

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Xixon Spanish Cuisine

2101 Coral Way
Coral Gables, FL 33145

Category: Restaurant > Small Plates

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Details

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Xixn Spanish Cuisine: 2101 Coral Way, Coral Gables; 305-854-9350; xixoncafe.com. Lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fried white anchovies $8
Octopus in vinaigrette $7
Chorizo in hard apple cider $6.50
Sea bream with vegetables $17
Fig cake with cheese $6

Service suffers the occasional hiccup, such as taking too long to fill water glasses and wipe down tables. But this is one busy place — diners are apt to request one round of plates, then another, and then another; waiters and waitresses must carry this cavalcade of comestibles to and from the tables at a dizzying, nonstop pace. Under these inherently chaotic circumstances, the staff does quite well. It is also appreciated that the servers don't indulge in needless chatter or incessant inquiry as to how things are, yet manage to be informative, friendly, and polite. Just like in, well, you know.

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