Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cobaya Christopher Lee @ The Forge 4.28.15

The Forge

Chef Christopher Lee via The Forge

Cobaya Miami dinners are experimental and underground.  Thus, I can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that Jay-Z and/or Beyonce were in attendance.  But I can tell you that Cobaya #52 featured two culinary heavyweights.

Heavyweight number one featured The Forge, easily one of the most glamorous and legendary spots in Miami. Heavyweight number two featured an impressively decorated chef, Christopher Lee.

Chef Lee earned 2 Michelin stars while running the kitchen at Gilt in NYC. He earned another Michelin Star wile at Aureole.  He also won a James Beard Award in 2005 for "Rising Star Chef of the Year."  He followed that up with a 2006 James Beard Nomination for "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic."  That same year he won Food and Wine Magazine Best New Chef Award (which is a very reliable source for identifying talented chefs). In 2007 he won Star Chefs Rising Star Chef Award.

Impressive credentials indeed.  And credentials some young local chefs should aspire to achieve. They require hard work and dedication to the craft.

Chef Lee is an old school chef with old school techniques. And that is fine because his dishes shine.

His impressive credentials obviously made him an ideal candidate to enter the Cobaya Kitchen.  Chef Lee embraced and enjoyed the spirit of Cobaya.  He created a menu that was classic in nature  yet featured modern twists.

It was an enjoyable meal from start to finish and included some standout dishes.  The Black Truffle and Foie Gras Raviolo was a knockout dish for me.  And my table raved about the John Dory, Pheasent, Super Steak and Venison.

Sommelier Gino Santangelo did a wonderful job pairing wines with the diverse menu. Pastry chef Alycia Delaney delivered great desserts just hours before giving birth.

As expected from The Forge, service was as good as it gets.

This was my first visit to The Forge and the first time I've had Chef Lee's food.  It will not be my last.  
Big thanks to Chef Lee and the entire staff at The Forge for a wonderful night.  And thanks to all the Guinea Pigs out there for your continued interest and support.

See you at #53.

 The Library via The Forge
The Calm before the Guinea Pig Storm….

View from my seat in the library

The Library is a great room and it was a perfect setting for the guinea pigs.


baby greens, bitter chocolate soil, orange fennel sorbet, goat cheese dressing

Mersault, Louis Latour, 2012

Geoduck Sashimi

green papaya, honeydew, toasted coriander, carrot ginger dressing

Mersault, Louis Latour, 2012

Black Truffle & Foie Gras Raviolo

Gewurztraminer, Trimbach, 2011

New Zealand John Dory

vegetables cubes, chicken liver jus

Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2013

Pheasant (two ways)

pistachio nuts, green grapes, epoisses cheese, black pepper honey jus

Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2013

35 Day Dry Aged New York “Super” Steak

“backyard BBQ” (watermelon & grilled slaw)

Duckhorn Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012

Coffee Crusted Venison

parsnip, mustard greens, spiced nuts, chocolate vadouvan jus

Duckhorn Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012

Roasted Coconut & Passion Fruit Vacherin

macadamia nut soil, honeycomb, coconut meringue

Moscato D'Asti Ruffino, 2012

Dark Chocolate Soup

ginger panna cotta, dehydrated chocolate mousse, bitter orange

Moscato D'Asti Ruffino, 2012

One more sweet treat(s) before we left.

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Address: 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Phone:(305) 538-8533

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