De Rodriguez Cuba is now the only Latin restaurant on South Beach to be included with 10 other restaurants in Miami Beach to receive the distinction. DeRodriguez Cuba joins the top Miami Beach restaurants to receive the AAA 4 Diamond Award including Barton G. The Restaurant (2004), Casa Tua (2004), Gotham Steak (2012,) Hakkasan (2010) Red The Steakhouse South Beach (2012), Scarpetta (2010) Tantra Restaurant & Lounge (2004) The Restaurant at The Setai (2006) and now DeRodriguez Cuba (2013).
“We are very excited and honored to be added to the list to those deemed worthy of the AAA 4 Diamond Award, given to a small group of the highest rated restaurants in Miami Beach,” said Chef Douglas Rodriguez. “I am also proud to represent the Latin community as the only Latin inspired restaurant to be included on the list. It’s always been something I strive for, to serve the #1 best Latin cuisine in Miami Beach.”
Being a travel blogger does not mean you know everything about every destination in the world. Usually travel bloggers focus on one niche, e.g., Adventure Travel, Culinary Tourism, Family travel, Luxury Travel, etc. If I had to state what my specialty is I would need to say that for the most part I blog in Spanish about Canadian destinations for a middle and upper middle class Hispanic audience around the world. However, I would also need to indicate that I write about world destinations and the international tourism industry on this blog, which by the way gets almost as many pageviews as my Canada en Español blog. But let's get back to Miami.
This looks yummy. Four of the restaurant's signature Ceviche's that are featured in the Ceviche sampler include the:Mixed Seafood (Calamari, octopus, mussels, conch, clams celery, limes, tarragon and grapefruit juice), Snapper and Conch (Estiradito snapper, diced conch, sour orange, red pepper, grape tomato, crispy onions and garlic ), Ecuadorian Shrimp and Tostones (Marinated with tomato, lime, orange and chipotle served with tostones) and Tuna Watermelon Ceviche(Kumquat, Yuzu, Thai basil, tarragon and compressed watermelon).
I've been to Miami many times, a few of those in the last couple of years. How did I miss the De Rodriguez Cuba restaurant? I don't know. I was vaguely aware of a prominent Miami chef by the name of Douglas Rodriguez (no relation), but I had forgotten about him by the time I returned to Miami for a visit 3 years ago. As luck would have it, I was contacted by a PR firm to inform me that one of Rodriguez' restaurants, De Rodriguez Cuba, had been awarded the coveted AAA Diamond Award and would I consider letting my readers know. I normally don't like to write about restaurants if I have not eaten there myself (and this is not a sponsored post, in case you wonder). But I was intrigued because it reminded me of the prominent chef I had read or heard about those many years ago. And here I am writing about it. I cannot in all honesty tell you that you must visit this restaurant in Miami and try this or that, but I can tell you that I will definitely go myself the next time I'm in Miami. The reason is simple: I love Cuban food and I also love when chefs innovate on the cuisine of their heritage. My wife and I really like Larios on South Beach and I love Victor's Café in New York. Based on what I've read and seen online, I'm pretty sure my wife and I (and my sister and her husband from Vancouver who also love Miami) might have a new favourite restaurant soon: De Rodriguez Cuba. As an added bonus, the restaurant is on the beach, poolside at the Hilton Bentley so the ambiance might be more to our liking than the crowded sidewalks of South Beach. I asked my new friend Jessica from the 24-Group to send me 2 photos: 1) Chef Rodriguez' favourite dish - which turned out to be Vaca Frita (skirt steak served) and 2) the restaurant's specialty - or one of the specialties: Ceviche. Both look very appetizing and I am definitely trying them when I visit.
Chef Doug Rodriguez' fave and one of the most popular dishes at De Rodriguez Cuba is the very Cuban dish Vaca Frita (skirt steak served with heirloom tomatoes, fresh avocado and war rice salad).
Btw, Tripadvisor users' reviews for the resto are for the most part Very Good to Excellent. If you happen to visit Miami before I do (probably won't be there until November or early next year) and you'd like to try good Cuban food, go to De Rodriguez Cuba and then send your opinion if you can. I would love to know what you think.
De Rodriguez Cuba (at the Hilton Bentley Hotel)
101-B Ocean Drive, Miami Beach