November 25, 2010

Dinner in Little Havana

So, enjoyed our first day in Miami. Warm air, blue water, sandy beaches, art deco buildings, and people watching...

After travel and sightseeing, we headed inland to the Little Havana neighborhood and our dinner destination – Versaille Restaurant. A Miami landmark, this restaurant is located on 8th Street or Calle Ocho. When I worked out of Miami International Airport I would often stop at the airport outpost of this institution, Cafe Versaille, for coffee or a snack between flights and had never had the opportunity to go to the main restaurant.

When we arrived at the restaurant around 6:00pm the parking lot was already filling up. Inside the host led us to a table right away and we were soon deciding what to order. Jonathan selected a platter of different Cuban specialties and I chose a plantain omelette.

Versaille is a classic restaurant. The waiters wear uniforms and there are etched mirrors on the walls. The atmosphere is warm and there is a sense that you have been transport to an earlier time period.
Before the meal arrived the waiter brought toasted white bread with butter. It does not sound particularly exciting, but it that was not the case. The toast was warm, crispy, and buttery – tasty and comforting. Our dinner arrived shortly. My omelette was very good and filled with sweet plantains. Jonathan also enjoyed his meal. (One note though – the entree portions were huge so neither of us were able our food!) We ended our meal with a decaf CafĂ© Cubano.

Dining at Versaille Restaurant is comfortable and fun. And since US citizens are still restricted from to travel to Cuba, it is the next best thing!

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