Friday, January 30, 2015

COBAYA PROOF 1.26.15 @ Proof Pizza & Pasta

A perfectly orchestrated menu from start to finish.

The progression was proper, flavors were fantastic, pacing was perfect and the execution was excellent.

The Proof Posse thoroughly embraced the Cobaya spirit, take the handcuffs off, have fun, cook whatever you like to cook, make it a special meal, and delivered a dynamite night at the Triple P.

I'll keep the details about Proof brief since I did a detailed post about them recently that you can read here. In a nutshell, Proof is the product of three chef friends with impressive fine dining resumes who decide to technically step down in class and do their own thing. And they are doing it right. But make no mistake, they are still serving fine dining caliber food.  Their dishes exhibit restraint, balance and finesse.  Traits I admire in chefs.

The Proof Posse were not strangers to the Cobaya kitchen.

Executive chef Justin Flit was executive sous chef at Bourbon Steak for the impressive Cobaya VI.

Chef du cuisine Matt DePante was sous chef for the killer Cobaya Carmellini at The Dutch.

Both were in the kitchen for several other special meals I enjoyed at both spots.

Pastry Chef Malcolm "Macaron" Prude is another Bourbon Steak alum as well as owner of Xavier's Macarons.

It should be noted that service, hospitality and the wine pairings were all spot on.

Huge thanks to Justin, Matt, Malcolm and the entire crew at Proof for delivering a special meal and night. To Afrohead Rum for their generous and delicious cocktail. And to all the gourmet guinea pigs out there for your continued interest and support. 

I said it in my initial post and I will reiterate it now. Proof is not only the best new restaurant in town, it's one of the best restaurants in town.

Do yourself a favor and go pay them a visit.

Experiment Number Forty Eight. (2015)

The calm before the gourmet guinea pig storm.

Pre dinner snacks.  Beef Tartare with colatura and chives served on parmesan frico.

Another pre dinner bite, Clam Ceviche.

King Crab, heirloom tomatoes, tarragon, pickled red onion, pea shoots. Really nice overall dish.

Cauliflower, wild harissa, Iberico bellota and roasted pork broth. A terrific trio of  flavors. 

Bucatini with bottarga, lemon, breadcrumbs. Perfect pasta paired with a favorite of mine, bottarga. 

Duck, dried figs, barley, sherry vinegar. Knockout dish. 

Beef salsify & herb gremolata. Pat La Frieda Prime 50 day dry aged NY Strip. Flawless.

The apron less crew hard at work plating dessert. 

Blood Orange Curd, pistachio, semolina cake. 

Chocolate treats from Malcolm including an awesome macaron ice cream sandwich. Forget the cronut you want the Malcolm Macaron Sandwich. 

Mixologist Isaac Grillo made a cameo appearance on behalf of Afrohead Rum who generously allowed us to sample their new rum which happens to be great.

Redhead, Afrohead Aged Rum, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, chile syrup topped with a candied jalapeƱo.

A tasty parting gift for the diners along with a gracious thank you. 

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3328 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

On the corner of North Miami Avenue and NE 34th street

Wednesday/Thursday Dinner 5:00-11:00 pm
Friday Lunch Noon- 3:00 pm Dinner 5:00-12:00am
Saturday Lunch Noon-3:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm-12:00am
Sunday Lunch Noon-3:00pm, Dinner 3:00pm-9:00pm
Monday – closed
Outdoor seating available.

They currently do not accept reservations. If you have a party of 6 or larger please call ahead so they can accommodate your party to the best of their ability.


Self park pay lot available across the street from Proof directly on NE 34 th street.

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