Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Johnny V Grand Opening

Johnny V is back in South Beach and my, what a wonderful homecoming it is! His eponymous restaurant, housed in the chic Hotel Astor, is a stylish showcase for Johnny's upscale bb-q cuisine with Caribbean flare. There were a plethora of food stations, a vodka fountain, trays of champagne, and a dessert table that would make Jenny Craig blush. The food is finger-licking-tastic, a nice combination of naughty and sublime - example: fried yam cakes serve as a base for sauteed collared greens and seared tuna - a nice spin on a party standard.

And the truffle fries (below) are just about the most addictive potato incarnation available on the beach.

The crowd mingled and danced to the live band in the courtyard, Johnny was out and about greeting guests, chatting and generally being a great host. All in all, it was a lovely gut-busting evening and a nice indication of where this restaurant is headed. If Johnny can keep dolling out the savory and imaginative creations, then it's going to get much harder to land a table at this buzz-worthy eatery. Did I mention the desserts? The banana cream pie-lets were scrumptious.

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