By Sue Arrowsmith
You won’t see many typical dishes on the menu at Eating House in Coral Gables, but the odd combination of ingredients tastes familiar, and delicious.
Take the Homestead Tomatoes ($11), for instance. You get a plate of fresh tomatoes hand-picked from Paradise Farms and garnished with lime, ginger, nuoc cham, peanuts, frozen coconut milk, herbs, and decorated with flowers. It’s like a work of art!
The Peking Pig Ears ($7) are sliced to thin strips, fried and paired with cucumber, scallion and Dr. Pepper hoisin. Even the free popcorn is souped-up with a sprinkle of Adobo.
The creative mind behind Eating House is Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, a 26-year-old Miami native with Italian and Argentine parents. He recently won a Food Network Chopped competition and came back home on a mission to open his own restaurant.
Eating House is a “pop-up restaurant” housed within Café Ponce after hours. The concept has grown in popularity in major cities across the U.S., giving young chefs like Rapicavoli the opportunity and freedom to launch their careers without hefty operational costs. The restaurant will remain open through September. He hopes to find a permanent location soon after.
The menu changes daily, driven by the Chef’s spontaneous creativity and depending on what’s fresh and available at the market. The food is cool and funky, yet elegant, just like the atmosphere. He also offers a variety of wines and beers.
Signature dishes, which are available everyday, include Fried Chicken Thighs ($15) and Pasta Carbonara ($21). The chicken is perfectly seasoned and fried to a golden crisp, served with buttermilk waffles, candied bacon, hot sauce-ranch, and a drizzle of house-smoked maple syrup. For the Carbonara, he uses different types of pasta tossed with applewood smoked bacon, black truffle, toasted bread crumbs, double egg yolk, and parmesan cheese.
A walk on the wild side could lead to Roasted Bone Marrow ($12), a favorite among some customers, or Crispy Broccoli Rabe ($9), among other items. If you’re not sure, just ask the Chef, who personally greets customers and brings out their dishes.
Eating House also offers creative desserts. On our visit, we tried the Ice Cream ($6), which is no ordinary scoop of vanilla. Served in a small mason jar, it was a whipped mousse made from ice cream cones layered over French vanilla panna cotta and garnished with sprinkles.
Time is ticking. Go visit Eating House now. And tell the Chef you heard about it on Great Food List.
Eating House (inside Café Ponce)
804 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl. 33134
Visit them online, www.eatinghousemiami.com
Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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