As we stepped into La Tremenda, nestled in the vibrant heart of Miami, we were immediately captivated by the enchanting atmosphere. The beautifully decorated walls, adorned with intricate snakes, vibrant flowers, and lush leaves, created a warm and inviting ambiance. The restaurant's wooden accents exuded a cozy charm that set the stage for an extraordinary culinary journey, where we discovered the flavors of Spain in every bite.
A Beverage Haven:
Settling into our seats, our eyes were drawn to the magnificent bar, where an impressive array of beverages awaited. La Tremenda catered to all tastes, offering an extensive selection of red wines, white wines, sparkling wines for those special moments, handcrafted cocktails crafted to tantalize the senses, and a refreshing assortment of beers. To begin our evening, we opted for the invigorating sparkle of sparkling water, complemented by the refreshing notes of strawberry lemonade. Meanwhile, my partner savored the tropical bliss of a coconut lemonade, instantly transporting us to sun-kissed shores.
A Symphony of Starters:
Our culinary journey commenced with a tantalizing assortment of montaditos. The Montaditos with Short Ribs and Slices of Parmesan presented succulent braised short ribs, adorned with delicate slivers of nutty Parmesan. Each bite was a symphony of rich flavors and contrasting textures, leaving us yearning for more. Equally captivating were the Montaditos with Goat Cheese Herbs and Onion Jam, where the creamy tang of goat cheese harmonized with the sweet complexity of caramelized onion jam, all resting atop a crispy bread base.
Embarking on Exquisite Delights:
As we progressed through the menu, La Tremenda continued to delight our senses. The Camarones Aji-Yo, Sautéed Garlic Shrimp, cast a spell on us with plump shrimp sautéed to perfection, accompanied by a tantalizing aioli and fresh parsley. The flavors danced on our palates, leaving behind a lingering sensation of garlicky bliss.
A refreshing interlude arrived in the form of the Stracciatella salad, a vibrant composition of salted tomatoes, delicate Stracciatella cheese, and a pistachio vinaigrette that elevated each ingredient to new heights. The roasted garlic added a subtle smokiness, adding depth to this light and invigorating dish.
A Medley of Dazzling Entrees:
La Tremenda's culinary prowess reached its zenith with the arrival of the Pulpo Feira. Tender octopus mingled with vibrant purple potatoes, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. The inclusion of De la Vera peppers infused the dish with a smoky essence, instantly transporting us to the sun-soaked streets of Spain. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, the Socarrat de Pulpo con Chorizo Iberico de Bellota emerged. Crispy Calasparra rice formed a savory bed for succulent octopus and the rich smokiness of Iberico de Bellota chorizo, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that left us mesmerized.
Signature Plate Perfection:
La Tremenda's commitment to culinary excellence shone through in their signature dish, Magret de Pate. Impeccably cooked magret duck took center stage, accompanied by creamy cilantro rice and a vibrant orange carrot puree. The fusion of flavors paid homage to the chef's artistry, skillfully balancing richness with refreshing citrus undertones and herbaceous notes.
As you prepare for the grand finale, the dessert menu at La Tremenda beckons with promises of sweet indulgence. The Spanish Basque Cheesecake takes center stage, captivating both the eye and the palate. Presented with elegance, this velvety creation boasts a perfectly caramelized surface, its golden hue hinting at the lusciousness within. With each forkful, you delve into a realm of creamy decadence. The smooth and rich cheesecake melts on your tongue, releasing delicate notes of vanilla and a subtle hint of citrus. Its ethereal texture is perfectly complemented by a light, slightly caramelized crust that adds a delightful contrast of texture and flavor. Each bite is an exquisite balance of sweetness and depth, leaving a lingering sensation that is nothing short of pure bliss.
La Tremenda stands as a testament to the remarkable culinary experiences that can be found in Miami. From start to finish, their dedication to impeccable flavors and stunning presentations is evident in every dish.