Saturday, September 13, 2014

R House Review: Food, Art & Music


During Art Walk nights, I am usually faced with the difficult decision of finding a good place to eat. Most of the times, I end up gravitating towards the food truck lot, and I inevitably end up eating either standing up or –gasp! siting on the sidewalk because, lets face it: there’s really no place to sit and eat during Art Walk! On these occasions, I always end up secretly wishing there was a more elegant way get my Art Walk night started, something beyond the food trucks or the usual suspects like Joeys and Wynwood Kitchen. Fortunately, the solution came to me when a friend introduced me to R House, the perfect combination of food and art. The place is basically a restaurant with an art gallery inside featuring the work of local artists, and the beautiful thing about it is that it doesn't just offer a nice scene... The food and the drinks are pretty damn good!

                           Passionfruit Martini                                        R House Margarita
It’s hard to define the menu at R house. Even though owner and chef, Rocco Carulli, defines it as contemporary American, the fact that it includes traditional Brazilian dishes like seafood moqueca or Peruvian ceviche, makes me think of it more of a fusion kind of place. But regardless of the type of menu, I have to say that it is great. I recently went with a big group of people who ordered many different cocktails and dishes, and every single person was happy with what they got!

Local artwork featured at the restaurant
One of my must-try dishes at R House is the yellowfin tuna tartar ($12). The chunks of fish are pretty large and blend perfectly with a sweet chili and wasabi cream. They also have main dishes like the previously mentioned moqueca, a typical Brazilian stew made with cobia, shrimp, scallops and coconut milk, which is a must, and can be ordered in either half ($16) or full size ($25). Highly recommended if you are planning to share. My absolute favorite happens to be the braised short rib (H: $17, F:$26), which is rubbed in coffee-chili powder and left to sit overnight, giving it a nice kick, and then cooked with bacon to end with a smoky and distinct flavor. Did I mention it comes with scalloped potatoes?  This tower of thin potato layers intertwined with melted cheese will make it very difficult for you to leave anything on your plate. Yes, it is a very rich dish altogether, but you will enjoy it to the last bite!

R House is definitely a great place to get the night started in Wynwood. Their cocktails, food, vibe and yes, even the art, make this place an exciting addition to the neighborhood, one that was very much needed for those that prefer more of a fine dining experience.

*Special thanks to Ignacio Paz for the awesome photography in this post!
R House - a nice option for a romantic date
Tuna tartar - a must try at R House
                            Tuna tartar in action                                     Brazilian moqueca
My favorite: braised short rib & scalloped potatoes
Also a great place to kick the night off with friends and great cocktails!

R House: 2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL, 33127.

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