Table Talk: Sugarcane


3250 NE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

I’m not gonna lie, when I was first invited to this eatery in Midtown Miami I wasn’t too excited. The fact that it wasn’t in the infamous South Beach caught was a turnoff; but I finally decided to take the trip and surprisingly enjoyed my time away from hectic SoBe.

Sugarcane, developed by the creators of Sushi Samba, was recently opened on North Miami Avenue. The menu is heavily influenced by South American cuisine, but it has an international flair—including a robata grill (a method of fireside grilling). Food is served family-style, which is great for sharing and tasting various dishes off the menu. I usually don’t eat chicharrones ($4); but with the sprinkled sea salt and pickled onions on the side, it was well worth it! I've also developed a new obsession: Bacon wrapped dates ($8). The dates were served with a refreshing endive salad tossed in a mustard vinaigrette dressing that really brought all the flavors together—sweet, salty, savory, bitter—yum! The kobe beef sliders topped with a quail egg $5 are small but hearty. As I bit into the slider, the yolk coated the meat, locking in the flavors and the moisture of the quality beef.

After such hearty bites I needed a cocktail that could stand up to the cuisine, so I opted for a Spice of Love $10 (passion fruit, mango, jalapeño, vodka), and I chose well. It was just the right amount of spice mixed with fruit. It’s good to know that there’s a place outside of South Beach where you can “Kick back, eat well—and stay awhile.”