I’m not sure how it works in other parts of the country, but Miami has a penchant for hiding snazzy little restaurants in place where you would least expect them to be. That’s where Olivos comes in. It’s a small Argentinian-fusion type restaurant located in a shopping plaza that contains one a very poorly organized grocery store and several hole-in-the-wall type restaurants. We had dinner here after work one day, and I definitely felt underdressed when I walked in. Fortunately, Olivos is in Doral, not South Beach. So, they don’t turn you away if you’re not dressed the part.
They started the table off with bread, which I dug into right away because I was hungry, and also because I was in a group and can never be sure who does and does not wash their hands. It was bread. Not much else to say about it.
Since it was a group of us, we ordered some appetizers. The empanadas were traditional Argentinian-style, which means they were full of things that I didn’t like. The calamari was gigantic rings of crispy, tender goodness. They didn’t even need any of the sauces that it came with, so I didn’t try them.
We also ordered some scallops, which were paired with a fruity sweet sauce that actually complemented the scallops quite well. Plus, the scallops themselves were cooked perfectly. I forgot what the black stuff was, except that it was something mixed with squid ink. At the other diners’ insistence, I gave it a taste, and immediately regretted it. Not a fan.
My first entree (grilled short ribs that were very bland and not very tender) was a bust, but I sent it back and got the NY Strip steak at the server’s recommendation. It was a definite improvement, and I really enjoyed it. It was cooked to the perfect Medium, and the homemade steak sauce was superb.
I didn’t try the dessert that was ordered for the table because it was a coconut panna cotta, but I had to take a picture because they made it look like an egg! The “bowl” was made of white chocolate and the “yolk” was a passion fruit jelly. Very creative!
The prices are pretty high, so I wouldn’t go back unless I just got paid and had something nice to celebrate, but it’s definitely worth checking out!
For more information on Olivos, visit http://olivosrestaurant.com/.