Coconut Grove is packed with artsy boutiques, outdoor cafés, and dive bars, but a new little spot has squeezed onto Commodore Plaza.
Chef Sebastian Fernandez, formerly the food and beverage director of Coral Reef Yacht Club, and his wife Leslie will officially open the doors to their new restaurant, 33, this Saturday in Bombay Darbar’s former location in the Grove.
Even though it features colorful, Peruvian-inspired
The pair redesigned the space and constructed all of the decorative details from scratch, and it shows in a homemade, charming way. The bar is built from copper and refurbished wood; a bicycle hangs high on a wall, and mason jars serve as light fixtures. The emphasis on simplicity fits right in with Peruvian cuisine, which Fernandez describes as "simple but tasty and straightforward."
Aside from the boiled and unseasoned chunk of purple potato that for some reason accompanies it, the Ceviche De Corvina ($16) is a well-executed version of the Peruvian staple. With lime and ginger at the forefront, the dish hits all the right notes of brightness, acidity and heat without overshadowing the fish’s natural flavor.
Corn purée adds a complementary sweetness to miso brown butter and seared scallops, and a purée of purple cabbage is presented as a gorgeous purple streak on the plate ($17). The scallops themselves are well seared, with a tender interior and a
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The French toast bread pudding ($13) has a dense, buttery interior with charred edges that will have guests digging for the perfect crunchy bite. The crust’s bitter note – whether intentional or not – balances the sweetness of vanilla ice cream and a thick dulce de leche drizzle. It also provides some much-needed texture to the meal, whose plates otherwise featured mostly rich, smooth, and creamy elements.
Overall, the minimalistic approach produces a solid showcase of seasonal ingredients and Peruvian cuisine.
33 is located at 3195 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove. Dinner is served from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday; the restaurant is closed Tuesday. Lunch and brunch service will launch soon. To learn out more about 33 and stay up to date on its upcoming lunch and brunch service, visit Facebook and Instagram.