I don't make a habit of reading press releases or studying menus prior to reviewing, partly in the belief this leads to fresher, less studied perceptions that are closer to those of a typical diner, and partly because of a lifelong aversion to research. Every now and then, though, I do take a sneak preview of the menu, as was the case with Elia, a new Mediterranean restaurant in Bal Harbour. I even went so far as to pick out prospective dishes: phyllo dough baked with medjool dates and halloumi and kefalotyri cheeses. Roasted Spanish cod. Rabbit "stifado" stew. And an especially tempting coriander-crusted duck breast with tricolor couscous and... More >>>