Monday, February 25, 2008

New restaurant Por Fin- Daily Candy

Fin-ish Line
Por Fin Opens

We’ve seen you — flirting with us from that Coral Gables corner.

Those Mediterranean walls, that tile roof, the second-floor balcony. You made us want it but never put out.

Until now: Por Fin opens today — at last (fitting for a restaurant whose name means “finally”).

We know you’re still taking things slow, only accepting reservations. But after almost a year’s wait, you’re letting us gaze upon your buttery leather chairs and laze about on the sexy sofas in the upstairs lounge.

You deliver what we crave: Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine, like bacalao (cod fritters) with Romesco sauce, sea bass with tomato confit and leak chips, tender braised short ribs, and Eggs at Por Fin (homemade potato crisps, mashed potatoes, Serrano ham, and truffle oil).

Not to mention paella (Catalan style), a list of feisty Spanish wines, and a dessert called Caribbean Passion with passion fruit cream and coconut foam.

Finally, some action on the corner.

Por Fin, 2500 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables (305-441-0107).


Lady Evolution said...

Worth the wait. Its excellent!!!

Anonymous said...

food was excellent, the menu is a kind of all over the map, paella is great, but why the tuna tartar with mango and avocado or salad with avocado dressing, that doesn't sound spanish or med, the floors are stained black and my server said he didn't know much about wines when i asked him for a recomendation, they call themselves fine dinning but i'm not sure they know what that is, bathroom upstairs is a bit of a pain, also had to wait 40 minutes with a reservation

Anonymous said...

This is not a romantic place, but cold. Without candles, flowers, or some color, the decoration is very cold (some men has better taste). Everything here is white, brown and black (chic?). Not like a Spanish restaurant. The music was Cuban salsa and Jazz... I thought we were going to listen music from Spain (we are cuban-americans). If I go to a Mexican restaurant I expect Mexican music (mariachis and all that, not jazz or tango). Another thing that you may inform yourself better is about the law in reference to smoking in restaurants. We were sitting outside (second level) and a waiter told us that smoking was prohibited in that area because there was a roof and ceiling fans? I have been in many, many restaurants in Dade and Broward were smoking is permitted outside, under a roof and ceiling fans. Spanish chefs make arroz negro (this is a typical recipe) a delightful experience, plenty of calamari in their own ink and served in a clay pot (bechamel sauce is not part of this recipe). I did not found any calamari on my white big plate, instead I had 4 tiny calamari's heads. Was that for decor? Not a good idea. My husband asked for seabass. The fish and potatoes were full of grease, good taste though. The service was very good. I would not recommend this place to anyone who really knows about Spanish cuisine.