Although it’s sometimes hard to maintain the willpower to eat primally when going out to restaurants, there are some places I know I can go without having to worry too much about my diet. Pubbelly is one of them. When it opened down the street from the bar I worked at it seemed like everybody was talking about Pubbelly. Either they were on their way to have dinner there or they were just coming from.
For whatever reason I never got around to going until one day a couple of my bar “regulars” came in with a package of to-go Dates avec Chorizo for me. Yes, I felt all warm and fuzzy that they would think of me- plus I was absolutely starving halfway through my shift. Regardless, I experienced my first primal orgasm-in-a-mouth. The next weekend I made my bf come with me to finally get the Pubbelly experience.
So far I’ve been three times and had Mellissa as our bartender each time. There’s always a crazy wait for tables but if you come at 6pm when they first open there isn’t a wait. We still prefer sitting at the bar. Old habits die hard.
Pubbelly is a tapas style Asian gastropub with plates meant to share. Typical Miami translates to: miniscule portions at astronomical prices. Fortunately for them (and us) they got the food right at least so even if you are forking out $70 per person it’s probably the best meal you’ve had in awhile and you are stuffed from the nutrient dense meats and rich sauces.
My bf has ordered a glass of pinot noir for him and I always have gotten delicious agua. They do have a great wine list, so if wine is your thing then slug away. Or sip. Sipping is probably less Grokish-so it won’t get stares from the other patrons.
I always order the Dates Avec Chorizo ($9), which is an order of 3 dates wrapped in porkbelly bacon and topped with a goat cream sauce. It sits in a mini plate with some kind of a tomato-based sauce. The acidity from the sauce contrasts the sweetness from the date and saltiness from the bacon. I’ve made these at home and added my own spin on them.
Mellissa talked us into getting the Cochinillo ($19) during our first trip here and we were slightly disappointed. The suckling pig with Brussels was still delicious, but not as delicious as the regular Pork Belly ($15) dish which we had heard such great things about (and have since tested ourselves, yum). We should have known the moment she said the Cochinillo was “leaner”, aka less fat and flava! The pork belly is just a beautiful slab of melt-in-your-mouth fat and meat sitting atop a butterscotch miso sauce. Second primal orgasm-in-a-mouth right here.
One thing that’s really cool about Pubbelly is that they change parts of their menu with the seasons. My new favorite item is the Pork cheeks with potato foam- that’s right, FOAM- and a horseradish caviar. I can’t remember how much it cost and their website hasn’t been updated since last Valentines day. Woops.
Oh and if sushi is your thing, they have Japanese Amberjack ($14) which is a yellowtail raw fish in a lemongrass romesco sauce with hazelnuts. Heck. Yeah.
I’m not even going to mention Pubbelly’s dumplings which go for ten bucks per order. No words can describe them, and they are so sinfully delicious that the bf and I have agreed we could spend $70+ on dumplings alone. That should be a crime. But then again it might be worth a third so not primal orgasm-in-a-mouth.
So to sum up, great food, great atmosphere, great service, and a menu about as primal friendly as you are going to find eating out.