The Miami Dining Examiner recently went to lunch at Ortanique on the Mile for a friend’s birthday. All diners tried Ortanique’s Miami Spice lunch for $23.00. Ortanique changes the Miami Spice menu daily, which is quite impressive.
Miami Spice is a great deal at Ortanique, since most entrees hover around the $17 mark. For six dollars more, diners get an appetizer and dessert in this casually elegant setting.
This diner tried the West Indies pumpkin soup for her appetizer. It was a lovely bowl of smooth and creamy soup, with a plop of sour cream and a hint of nutmeg. It was filling and a perfect soup for Fall.
The other ladies ordered the ceviche. White chunks of corvina, were mixed with diced red and yellow pepper, red onion and citrus juices. Presentation was impressive; it came mounded on the plate and was served with guacamole and plantain chips. The ceviche tasted fresh and light, with bright citrus tones. It was a healthy starter that was also delicious.
Entrees available for Miami Spice that day were: a flat iron steak with sautéed broccolini, oxtail ravioli and Key West shrimp with jasmine rice. While all sounded tempting, the shrimp dish won out and all three diners selected this option.
It was a lovely presentation of mounded jasmine rice, with a tangle of arugula, corn kernels and topped with three perfectly cooked shrimp, with tails on. Served in a large white bowl, the dish was served in a puddle of spicy pink sauce. The buttery sautéed shrimp were complimented by the jasmine rice, with arugula adding a spicy kick and the yellow corn kernels a welcome pop.
It was the perfect amount of food. The pesto garlic bread at the table, was a splendid vehicle for soaking up the tasty, creamy sauce. Two baskets were ordered.
Dessert ended in a three way tie, with each diner trying a different option. Coconut sorbet ( not made in-house, but made in Miami to Ortanique’s specific flavor requests) was the birthday girl’s choice. It arrived on a large white plate with Happy Birthday spelled out in chocolate and a candle inserted into the white globe of sorbet. Luckily, as requested, no singing was involved.
The childhood favorite of a brownie with ice cream was another dessert ordered. According to the guest who ate it, it was not a typical square brownie, but gooey chocolate chunks with smooth vanilla ice cream. It was much enjoyed.
The Miami dining Examiner ordered the mango tres leches and it was a spectacular choice to end this tropical feast. Milk-soaked cake tasted and light and rich at the same time and was accented by a bright and intense mango puree. Fresh and delicious mango slices adorned the cake, with whipped Chantilly cream on the side. It was heavenly- perhaps the perfect Miami dessert.
Service was helpful and efficient. The only complaint was the iced tea was of the fruity (passion fruit?) variety and one of the diners didn’t care for the taste. It boils down to personal preference.
Ortanique, helmed by chef Cindy Hutson (who was at the front hostess stand when we arrived) is truly a Coral Gables gem. Not one to rest on its laurels, it continues to turn out impressive, fresh cuisine, utilizing the best of local seafood and fresh tropical fruit.
It’s also the ideal spot to celebrate special occasions, like a birthday lunch for a friend.
Ortanique on the Mile
278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134