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Pickle Me This: We Try Dinner at Dream SoBe's Tudor House

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July 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Now that Dream South Beach is officially open--fire-eaters and Nicky Hilton at the party officially open--we decided to stop in at the hotel's restaurant, Tudor House, to sample Geoffrey Zakarian's menu.

The first thing we devoured, though, was the decor. We're big fans of the Art Deco period--which is one reason we also love the look of Zakarian's Lambs Club at The Chatwal in New York. Tudor House is less clubby and masculine than Lambs, but the clean lines and airy feel suit Miami Beach. Being hotel nerds, we also love that the Tudor House bar utilizes the former hotel's check-in desk area. (Where they make a mean Moscow Mule and a delightful vodka cocktail called Peggy's Punch.)

A view of the back part of the dining room

So, about the food...

We were intrigued by the menu (which you can check out here), which the restaurant self-describes as "approachable modern American fare." With mains like Housemade Meatballs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Dry Aged Striploin, and Grilled Branzino, we'd call it comfort food meets American bistro.

Appetizers include a Greek salad and English Pea Soup, and then there are charcuterie selections and the curious case of the Bar Snacks menu. Subtitled 'Raw - Pickled - Cured,' this includes Spanish anchovies, poached tuna in a jar, steak tartare, and scallops. After an underwhelming charcuterie selection, we opted for the scallops, which came to the table like this ...

Kudos for creative presentation, but the scallops themselves were more like sashimi doused in coconut goo. Not bad, but definitely different. Thankfully, the main course came along to divert our concerns about anything being served in pickling jars.

The Braised Lamb Belly was succulent and tasty, and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken some of the best we've ever tasted (bonus points for no bones! We were served three big breast pieces.) We had forgotten to order a side of roasted brussels sprouts but it didn't matter, because we were well and truly stuffed after polishing off our mains.

Of course, we did manage to find room for dessert. The Housemade Oreos and Chocolate Tres Leches Cake sounded delish (and confirmed our 'comfort food' description of the entire menu) but we couldn't pass up the chance to try the Key Lime Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sweet and tart, it hit just the right note--and even made us forget all about those dubious pickle jars.

Appetizers average $11, mains $25. To sample Tudor House for less, you can opt for the Miami Spice menu, available through August and September.

[Photos: Courtesy Tudor House; HotelChatter]

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