Bloom in Wynwood Needs Polishing

At our waiter's enthusiastic recommendation, we tried the bibimbap, a signature Korean mixed-rice dish. Offered with duck, chicken, or beef advertised as Kobe, the dolsot bibimbap arrives in the traditional sizzling-hot stone bowl, topped with a quail egg, sliced nori, vegetables, and gochujang — a sauce made with red chili, fermented soybeans, rice, and salt. Sesame oil in the heated stone vessel allows the rice to crisp around the edges. On our visits, bowls graced many tables at Bloom, and the dish's bright flavors merit the popularity.

Desserts feature an ordinary brazo gitano ($8), a tender cake roll stuffed with strawberry jam and an indistinguishable addition of adzuki beans. It comes topped with a tart lime cheese foam. Another offering is malted bread pudding, composed of corn-based atole sauce and vanilla ice cream. Served in a petite jar, the "crushed malted whoppers" actually arrived whole. The blunder tainted the smooth texture of the custard-based dessert and made each spoonful of the $10 offering all the more disappointing. Other sweets include shaved ice bombs with syrups and preserves, and a coconut majarete — Caribbean corn pudding.

Much like an emerging artist's work, Bloom's cuisine still has plenty of room to grow. The kitchen should focus more on flavors and less on the fusion of two distinct concepts. We hope the eatery will get it together before December's Art Basel, when Wynwood isn't simply a neighborhood with great potential; it's a full-fledged, completely blossomed, artful beauty.

Bibimbap with Kobe beef. See also: Slide show: "Closer Look: Bloom."
Bibimbap with Kobe beef. See also: Slide show: "Closer Look: Bloom."

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Bloom

2751 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > Asian Fusion

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

Details

Bloom

305-576-5443
bloomwynwood.com

Dinner Sunday through Tuesday 6 to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 6 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to midnight.

Tequila Beets $11
Nectarine spinach salad $10
Crispy sweet-and-sour shrimp $14
Reina pepiada $8
Shiitake enchilada $9
Bibimbap with Kobe $18
Malted bread pudding $10

See also: Slide show: "Closer Look: Bloom."

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maranges
maranges

@CDelCasino the way the bag is placed on the jar reminds of #canning.

flossrogers
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@maranges @CDelCasino #sniffing #jewce

 
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