Foodie Diaries - Cava
Settled in the heart of Calle Ocho, a genuine piece of Spain’s vibrant tradition is ensconced within the walls of Cava restaurant. Patterned after the historical Spanish Tablao’s developed in Spain during the 1940’s, this intimate, and family friendly, dining experience offers live singing and authentic flamenco performances for patrons to enjoy, while experiencing the delicious Andalusian cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The red bricks walls, mosaic pillars, and vaulted ceilings, really set the Mediterranean mood and add to the authentic flavor of the entire experience. It’s like being transported to another time and place. But make sure to make a dining reservation if you want to experience the splendor of the shows from the best seats in the house.
Things we tried
If only we could have tried everything! It all looked and smelled heavenly. Our mouth-watering selections were no exceptions.
Carpaccio de Iberico
Created with authentic Spanish cured ham, and adorned with juicy, grated tomato and manchego cheese shavings, the Carpaccio de Iberico is the perfect appetizer for a memorable dining experience. The texture and succulence of the ham, combined with the flavor of the tomato and the buttery-smooth manchego, should be a delight to anybody who considers themselves a lover of carpaccio.
Chuleton de Buey de 26 oz
What’s a trip to an authentic Spanish eatery without sampling their steak, right? Naturally, we couldn’t pass up the 26 oz Prime Angus Beef, served for two diners. Adorned with homemade fries and sweet-tasting piquillo peppers, the cut of meat comes blanketed in coarse salt, used to fully enhance all of the beef’s natural flavors. As opposed to regular table salt, coarse salt flavoring definitely leaves an impression your palate won’t soon forget.
Costillitas de Cordero
Our lamb chops were cooked to perfection. Served with tangy ali-oli sauce and homemade potatoes and onions, this succulent plate is a formidable rival to any cut of beef you’ll have anywhere.
Paella de Mariscos
Seafood lovers, rejoice! We have found some of the best seafood paella South Florida has to offer. Embellished with delectable seafood such as mussels and shrimp, this tasty dish is served on a bed of rice, bursting with a myriad of flavors you can only get from a well-made paella. The tomatoes and garlic provide the perfect accent for a seafood connoisseur’s experienced taste buds.
Cava’s take on crème brulee is as desirable as you could imagine. Served with a divine caramel crust blanketing a vanilla custard base, it was the perfect synthesis of crust and creamy vanilla custard goodness.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to make flan. Cava definitely did not disappoint. Their homemade caramel custard was thick, smooth, and sweet, the ideal way to complement the perfect meal.
Helado de Turron Casero
Continuing their trademark of “to die for” desserts, Cava’s helado is an in-house creation of fabulous nougat ice cream. The taste of almonds combined with creamy ice cream will keep you craving more, despite the protests of your waistline.
Volcan de Chocolate con Helado de Vainilla
Can you ever go wrong with warm chocolate cake with a hearty scoop of cold, vanilla ice cream? No way! Cava’s blend is simply amazing and you’ll find yourself craving it long after you’ve left the restaurant.
3580 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, FL, 33134
12-4 Sunday through Thursday, 12-12 Friday and Saturday