Symcha's: solid but pricey

The spectacular desserts have cheeky names such as "A Tart Named Desire" ($12): a dense peanut-butter shortbread cylinder that's about a half-inch thick and packed tall with an unbelievable amount of rich chocolate ganache and caramel. We loved the bread pudding, called "Challah If You Can Hear Me" ($10). Swirls of sweet white chocolate melted into the soft chunks of cinnamon-scented, doughy challah, which is served with a dipping sauce of dark-rum-infused "anglese." The pastry chef is taking that job very seriously at Symcha's. Dessert was clearly the highlight here, so save room.

Creekstone Farms beef tenderloin carpaccio
Carlos Perez
Creekstone Farms beef tenderloin carpaccio

This place would be a fabulous spot for a casual dinner with friends if the prices were more within reach. The food is certainly satisfying enough, and the décor is welcoming — it could be a favorite restaurant in the South of Fifth's residential area. The bottom line is that dinner for two, including two apps, two entrées, two sides, and dessert, will set you back about $150, plus drinks, tax, and tip. In its current form, Symcha's is simply not worth the wallet shock.

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Chris K.
Chris K.

This lady calls herself a food critic? She ripped the whole article from Victoria Pesce Elliot's article in the Miami Herald and gave it a negative twist. I would be embarrassed to have this lady work for me.

Check out the real article:

http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

Fabulous Foodie
Fabulous Foodie

I've been to Symcha's on various occasions and I could honestly say I've never had a bad experience. Is it pricey? Absolutely but hey this restaurant is not for the average Joe. You can't expect something that looks so nice to be cheap. As we all know beauty has its price and so does good food!

With reviews like this one it's no wonder Miami isn't known for its fine dining. The reviewers don't even know what that means! I lived in Manhattan for 2 years and in Paris for another 2 and I can tell you, Symcha's would/will work at either of those two cities because they are known for their fine dining, not like Miami known for its uneducated palate.

Cata
Cata

I agree with the review. The owner was a bit weird.

Harmil
Harmil

It is unfortunate that the reviewer did not enjoy the main dishes or service. The experience of our party of 4 was just the opposite. Our food was extremely tasty and enjoyed by all. The service was excellent and our server was not MIA. The wine recommended by Anna, Symcha's co-host, was excellent. Like the reviewer we loved the sides and the fabulous deserts. The taste of food is dependent on ones body chemistry, similar to how perfume takes on a different aroma on each individual. Unfortunately since we live in the hinterlands of Davie, we can only visit on special occasions. Our fellow diners live on Miami Beach and have gone back numerous times with other friends and have always been rewarded with a great dining experience. By the way, the reviewer in the Miami Herald had a similar great experience as our party. Food like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Miamiarh
Miamiarh

I also tried this place and was greatly disappointed. I'll be surprised if it is still around in 6 months!

Harmil
Harmil

If being friendly, concerned about your dining experience, soliciting your feed back regarding the food and service is "a bit weird", then I suggest your sticking with the Olive Garden or more appropriate, Burger King where they really don't care how you want it!. It is unfortunate that we have become so hardeende to bad and indifferent service at restaurants that we think it "weird" when a business owner actually is concerned with your dining experience.

Kelly
Kelly

Well... sorry to tell you, you will be very surprised. It is understandable when you find that you can't afford not only economically a fun sophisticated classy place but also that you feel out of place in such a classy environment....you should go to a McDonald's. You can go there with the future convict that your friends are talking about as they say you are a sell out; to the point that when you will walk or drive by Symcha's in the future your envy and lack of class will eat you alive.

 
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