Service is mainly tapas-style, with a few large meat platters to share with a large group.
What we had:
Yellowtail Crudo--Thin slices of super fresh yellowtail with avocado, grapefruit and lava salt. This dish was tied for my second favorite. I loved the softness of the fish balanced with the fattiness of the avocado and bright early summer flavor of the grapefruit. This was just the dish I had imagined Sugarcane would excel at--the perfect South Florida summer bite--and I am happy to say I was not disappointed.
Duck & Waffles--Crispy duck leg confit with a sunny side up duck egg, waffle and mustard maple sauce. This was our favorite dish of the night. My only quibble is that I think they missed a trick by not letting a vinegary hit from the mustard peek through to cut some of the maple sweetness. The duck skin was crispy and wonderful, though, and the dish overall was a smash hit.
Kobe beef sliders--Kobe beef patties with tonkatsu and sunny side up quail egg. These were decent and about what you'd expect from a Kobe beef slider. Nothing terribly special, but nothing to scoff at either.
Night crab sushi roll--Fresh snow crab, shrimp tempura and cucumber served with caper mustard. This was my DH's second favorite and tied for my second favorite dish. The sushi was well-rolled with quality ingredients and well-seasoned rice in an interesting ?rice? wrap.
Torrejas with maple caramel apples--We went with this dessert on a suggestion from our waiter, and he was dead right. This dish is awesome. Think the thickest, softest, most custardy French toast ever with a topping of fresh caramel and baked apples and a side of fresh cinnamon ice cream. Yum.
My DH had Monk In The Trunk beer; I had the blood orange bubbles (fresh squeezed blood oranges with sparkling wine) and a dessert wine that wasn't my favorite. So what did my overly intelligent self do? I shotgunned the wine and ended up tipsy sheet shopping after dinner. Hey, at least it all ended in finally making a sheet decision.
Overgrown tropical plantation vibe with lots of pretty little vignettes of fresh ingredients.
Very friendly and spot-on with dish recommendations.
Although I left feeling diabetic, Sugarcane overall is a thoughtful restaurant with good clean tastes and something for everyone. Great for a group or a couple, you can find exactly the type and size of meal you want any time of year.
4.5 out of 5 salamanders
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