Savor Our City was recently invited to attend a media dinner at 26 Sushi & Tapas in Surfside for the launch their new menu.
Since 2014, 26 Sushi & Tapas has been and remains one of the Miami dining scene’s best kept secrets. This unique Latin-Asian fusion eatery is 100% certified Kosher,serving the vibrant, flavorful Japanese-Peruvian cuisine known as Nikkei. But those in the know – kosher or otherwise – have embraced the restaurant for its casually chic ambiance, wallet-friendly pricing and delicious cuisine. Now, with newly-appointed ChefMiguel Gomez at the helm, the restaurant is unveiling a refreshed menu featuring creative additions to abundant offerings.
“The goal with 26 was to go beyond what many think of as ‘kosher food,’” says owner Morris Kaplan. “We wanted to provide something exciting and different to that community but also deliver a compelling and delicious menu for everyone. We’re excited about the new menu and hope it keeps our loyal fans engaged and gives folks who never gave us a try a great reason to come in.”
The menu remains vast, offering plenty to explore and countless ways to mix & match to create a unique, immersive experience for each diner. Signature favorites – like the Nitro “Scallops” made from tempura battered scallops, rocoto aioli, sweet sauce,mixed greens and sesame seeds. Corvina Lettuce Wraps, made with Flounder tempura, Asian slaw, cashew pistachio crumble and aji amarillo aioli. Both of these items were extremely tasty, crowd pleasers for sure!
Tuna Tower and Truffle Tiradito – remain. They’ve been huge sellers for years and are going nowhere. Joining them on the playing field are their new hot and cold tapas including: Causa Krab Tower – cold, savory potato layer cake typical in traditional Peruvian cuisine, served with Krab salad and fresh avocado;
Nikkei Tuna Salad with fresh greens, enoki mushroom, carrot, and tri-colored peppers tossed in ponzu sauce and topped with sesame seeds; and Nao Ceviche Ball – traditional Corvina ceviche cured in a house-made leche de tigre, red onion, lime juice and aji limon then tempura battered with panko and deep fried. This was a really unique dish and fun to eat too!
Also debuting, several new sushi additions including the Nigiri 5-star – Chef’s choice of five nigiri selections served atop sushi rice;
Tropical Roll – tuna, salmon, kiwi, guava and dynamite sauce topped with tuna and rocoto aioli;
Crispy Kani Roll – soy paper, plantains, avocado, scallions and cream cheese topped with Krab tempura, masago and curry aioli; Sandra Roll – a rice-less roll with Krab salad, avocado, cream cheese, and tempura topped with fresh tuna; and the Acevichado Roll – Whitefish tempura, sweet potato and avocado topped with Corvina ceviche. A word to the wise – the new rolls may be amazing but you would be missing out BIG TIME if you didn’t have their popular Maduros con CocoRoll – flounder tempura, avocado and cream cheese topped with sweet fried plantains and coconut flakes – Just order it, you’ll thank me later!
Two unusual offerings worth a try: Sushi Burritos, which come in two styles – the Saltarito with sautéed salmon, fried egg, plantains, French fries and guacamole and the Three Amigos – fresh raw tuna, salmon and Hamachi with guacamole, scallions and a chimichurri ponzu – and the new Sushi Sandwich. Meant to be eaten with the hands, it consists of salmon, mango, avocado, scallion and dynamite sauce, layered between “slices” of pressed rice, served with guava dipping sauce.
New larger plates include Branzino Livornese – fresh Branzino filet served on a pool of fragrant Livornese sauce of capers, Kalamata olives, garlic and cherry tomatoes, dressed with house-made shakshuka and served with potato wedges; Tuna Kovi, sesame-crusted, seared tuna served on a bed of quinoa risotto huancaina, topped with pico de gallo and a balsamic reduction; and a sweet & sour Red Snapper, grilled and served with grilled vegetables and rustic mashed potatoes.
The restaurant’s vibrant desserts have also received a seasonal upgrade; not to be missed offerings include a fresh Strawberry Pavlova served with whipped cream and the sinfully creamy Goat Cheese Ice Cream.
Apart from updated summer offerings, 26 Sushi & Tapas also boasts an impressive, four-hour long Happy Hour available Sunday through Thursday from 5PM-9PM. The Surfside mainstay has updated their Happy Hour food selection to include several Tapas-style items priced between $6 and $8 dollars. Guests 21 and over can enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials depending on the day:
Sunday: “Sunday Funday” – 2-for-1 Mimosas (available all day)
Looking to spice up your next soiree or corporate event? As a premiere service caterer, diners can bring the 26 Sushi & Tapas experience to any home, office, or event space. The restaurant’s versatile catering menu offers a wide variety of crowd-pleasing options and can accommodate special ordering requests allowing guests to customize menus that make the most of an event and reach budgeting goals. For more information, contact Natalia Suarez at (305) 570-2626 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 Sushi & Tapas is located at 9487Harding Avenue in Surfside, FL. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday: 9AM-10:15PM; Friday: 9AM-2:30PM (closed for Shabbat) and Saturday: 9:15PM-11:45PM. Happy Hour is available Sunday through Thursday from 5PM to 9PM. Follow 26 Sushi & Tapas on Instagram: @26Sushi_Tapas and Facebook: @26SushiTapas; Telephone: (305) 570-2626; http://www.26sushitapas.com/
I was recently invited to dine at the newly opened The Feisty Bull restaurant, located at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs, FL. The Feisty Bull is the newest concept by restauranteur Luigi Carvelli and the Carvelli Family. With more than 20 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, the Carvelli Family currently owns and operates The Feisty Bull, DaVinci’s of Boca, and several Marco Island, Florida venues.
Under the direction of designer Megan Carvelli, The Feisty Bull brings together a variety of personally curated elements to create a warm, fun casual dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s overall design features earthy shades of red and orange, reminiscent of the Mexican and Spanish cultures, complimented with authentic wood accents and hints of lime green. Focal points include vintage-style chandeliers, patina copper bar tops and a large hand-painted logo that adorns the front wall. The Feisty Bull features both indoor seating and al fresco dining, as well as two unique indoor/outdoor bars. A private dining room area featuring large family-style tables is also available for groups. (Perfect for a Denise’s Foodie Event in fact.)
So on this particular visit, I brought my Aunt with me, who has attended several of my foodie events over the years, but this was her first time accompanying me on a food review. We had a blast. Shortly after we were seated, to our surprise, Luigi was in house and stopped by to say hello and chat with us for a bit. With so many wonderful choices on the menu, I was glad to get Luigi’s input on a couple items to try. Our server was Marek and he was terrific. After discovering it was our first visit, he proceeded to let us know the concept of The Feisty Bull and that they were all about tapas, tequila, family and friends and that they offer live music several nights a week. We happened to arrive on Tapas & Tequila Thursday and just prior to the evening’s live performance which began at 7pm. Bonus!
With tequila being a star on the cocktail menu, we both decided to try a Margarita. My Aunt decided on the classic, “The Feisty Margarita” ($8) made with El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau & Lime Grand Marnier Foam. I decided upon the “Raspberry Pineapple” Margarita ($9) made with Jose Cuervo, Cointreau, Lime, Raspberries & Pineapple. Both were very good, but I liked mine better, lol.
A cone filled with mariquitas arrived with a garlic mojo (which is brought out to all guests, compliments of the house). OH MY, were these dangerously addicting. The garlic mojo was really great; I could’ve eaten this combo all night, but I showed a little restraint knowing there was much more to come. While munching on the mariquitas and sipping on our margaritas, we decided a Manchego flambe would be fun to order. Check out the pic of Marek below as he prepared to ignite our cheese tableside. Who thought this whole flaming cheese thing was corned by the Greeks? I for one will admit, I was…until my experience at The Feisty Bull!
The Manchego flambe ($8) was simply delicious; starring Manchego Cheese of course and flambéed with brandy, lemon, and served on toast points. Next, we decided to try the signature mango guacamole ($10), also made tableside. This time Vernon arrived all smiles to our table, setting down a cone of fresh tortilla ships as he began to prepare our guac. I am a fan of both Latin and Mexican cuisines and the fact that I can have both mariquitas and tortilla chips on my table for my dipping pleasure elated me.
Ok, so the next dish we shared was the Lechon Bravo ($11). This was one of Luigi’s suggestions and I’m sure glad he did because we both loved this dish. It was Mojo Pulled Pork, Spicy Cilantro Aioli, Pickled Red Onion, Oaxaca Cheese, and Baguette Bread and served with Patatas (potatoes). You could tell from the first bite that the pork had been slow roasted and it was so flavorful and juicy.
I couldn’t resist ordering the Street Corn ($5) when I saw it on the menu. I’ve had this only one other time, and I just had a hunch it was going to be really good here. My hunch was spot on! The corn was cooked to perfection and topped with Spicy Cilantro Aiolo, Cotija Cheese, Chili, and Lime. If you’ve never tried Mexican street corn before, you must try it here for sure.
We just couldn’t leave without trying one of 11 varieties of tacos they have on their menu, so we decided on the El Pollo Loco ($4) – Flour Tortilla, Adobo Chicken, Cilantro Lime Slaw, Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Cilantro Aioli and the Marino ($5) – Crispy Corn Tortilla, Mahi Mahi, Mango Salsa, Lettuce, Avocado, and Chipotle Ranch. We enjoyed the fresh ingredients of both tacos, but we both favored the El Pollo Loco.
There are a number of sweet endings to choose from, and I’m sure any one of them would have delighted us, but at Marek’s strong suggestion, we went with the Chocolate Taco. A crispy chocolate dipped taco shell filled with the most delicious dolce de leche ice cream and topped with almond slivers. A perfect way to end a perfect meal.
The Feisty Bull is a really fun, unique spot turning out innovative and skillfully prepared dishes appealing to foodies, families and everyone in between. If live entertainment is your thing, than you’re in luck. They have the following nights that are sure to get your head moving, feet tapping and maybe even move you to get off your derriere and dance.
Catering to the family market, The Feisty Bull offers a lively, family-friendly atmosphere for guests of all ages. Bringing forth an interactive dining experience for the little ones, The Feisty Bull provides coloring menus, fun bullhorn souvenir hats and a build-your-own taco kit. Keeping the parents in the mind, the restaurant’s family-friendly Sunday brunch menu also offers bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Looking for a great Happy Hour? Guests can enjoy 2-for-1 specials on a variety of their favorite drinks from Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reverse happy hour is offered Thursday – Sunday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Choose from an array of handcrafted cocktails such as The Feisty Margarita, Jalisco Mojito or a Strawberry Basil Caipirinha.
The Feisty Bull is open Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
They are located at 9225 W. Atlantic Boulevard Coral Springs, FL 33071 (Coral Square Mall) www.TheFeistyBull.com 954.232.1792