Sunday, June 08, 2008

Andu Restaurant and Lounge, Brickell


It's not often you find a salad as vibrant and refreshing as the asparagus and beet salad at Andu. Buttressed by baby spinach and gorgonzola, the dish is simple and clean, allowing the subtle flavors of the roasted beets and asparagus to shine through. It's dishes like that unfussy salad that give me reason to like Andu, even if other folks don't agree. I visited the Brickell spot when it first opened for a First Look and recently went back for a casual Saturday night dinner. It is Mediteranean fare, presently honestly and with good feeling.
Recommended dishes:
- Artichoke puree dip topped with feta; tangy and refreshing.
- Yukon potato gnocchi. The cream sauce is lick-the-bowl delicious.
- Grilled yellowtail snapper. A little pricey at $27 but beautifully presented with crispy skin seasoned with lemon and sea salt. Perfect. It comes with a side of fennel slaw that nicely balances the meaty fish.
- Side of sauteed musrooms - a bowl of portabello, oyster and shiitake, flash fried for a crispy finish.
- Side of fries seasoned with cajun spices and Parmesan cheese. The bowl is big enough for four and you'll be fighting over the last one.

It all goes well with a $32 of Martin Codax Alabrino or a $40 bottle of Rosenbloom viognier, both of which are the best bets on Andu's short wine list. According to the owners, they plan to introduce a new summer menu soon, including a chipotle shrimp dish with spicy avocado and hearts of palm salad. They brought out a tasting portion for us to try and it was quite good.
Andu is definitely a downtown gem and not as expensive as other newcomer to the area Badrutt's and Abokado. Make your way over to the NeoVertika building and park yourself at the marble bar. It's a sweet spot.

5 comments:

Blind Mind said...

Nice, Ive been looking for some place to do dinner after happy hour when I visit that area. Itll at least save me from one trip to MGFD :)

sara said...

It's also a good happy hour spot itself, with a swank bar and a short bar menu. Can't vouch for their bourbon selection though...

Blind Mind said...

Haha, I'll have to investigate the bourbon list then. Speaking of which... Im finally about to upload my pics and should have a long-overdue post about my trip soon. Travel and techno woes combined with my classic procrastination have contributed to the delay haha.

Blind Mind said...

Uh... Checked out Andu last night. It was deader than a doornail. My friends were rippin on me for the recco haha. Staff was all effed up - our waitress up and left at some point haha. Good thing was that we pretty much had the outdoor patio to ourselves but that was about it. Walked to River Oyster Bar and had a killer meal there.

sara said...

Ooh. Sorry to hear that. I still think the food is great.