Restaurant Reviews

Sneak Review: Norman's 180

​A pre-review nibble from next week's Cafe:

While Norman is head honcho, co-chefs are son Justin Van Aken and Philip Bryant, the latter working with the elder Van Aken since 2005. "Globally inspired, seasonally wired," is their menu motto. The first part is true: This bill of fare is all over the map. Instead of doing a 360 and returning to his fine-dining roots, or starting from zero and redefining his cuisine altogether, Norman and team have combined the two notions and come up with a discombobulated 180 (also the address) -- which means that a $39 main plate of rib eye steak mingles on the menu with an $8 small plate of crispy chicken wings.
Norman's 180
180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
305-529-5180

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