September 18, 2010

"chef Gonzalo Rivera" A Passion For Food In A Way That's Truly Contagious

Chef Gonzalo Rivera - A Showcase of His Latest Flavor Arsenal. The (Genius) Behind All things Savory at La Marea Restaurant - The Tides on Ocean Drive.

New Menu Items; Tuna Tartar, Tacos and Salsa Verde at one of my favorites restaurants on bustling Ocean Drive

Okay, you know by now that I have this weird thing towards Chefs, when I meet and get a chance to sit down and talk to one, to me feels like I am meeting with the Queen of England, I know, this is weird, but that's how I feel.

So I head to La Marea at The Tides and met with Chef Gonzalo Rivera. The word "genius" always come to mind when I see him, hear about him and/or try his so elaborate yet simple yet word-class yet home-style cooking.

When I try his food, I nod my head, I can taste the places from where he has been and savor the marvelous land from where his roots are from. I can taste the San Francisco (Asian notes), I can taste that beautiful Mexico (Southwestern/Mexican influences), all that while his European classical cooking techniques are executed to perfection (now try to find a chef in this city with ALL that).

Tuna Tartar, La Marea at the Tides Hotel

Tuna Tartar

Asian Guacamole, Hass Avocado, Ginger, Wasabi Tobiko, Ponzu Emulsion, Mango, Seaweed

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Mahi Mahi covered in spices; chipotle, ancho, paprika, garlic powder. Coleslaw, Chipolte mayonesse, raisings, Cilantro, Parsley, Butter milk

wonton chips

Salsa verde (Acidic, creamy with a little kick)

Tomatillo, Aguacate, Jalapaneo, fresh lemon juice and fried wontons chips

La Marea at The Tides Hotel

1220 Ocean Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 604-5070

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