The Tuck Room: Miami Spice 2017
The Tuck Room is one of North Miami Beach's coolest gastropubs. It has gourmet plates, a live D.J., and the Ipic theater all in one! How can you go wrong? Hmmmm..... I can't think of one thing. However, I can think of something that will blow your mind. The Tuck Room is participating in Miami Spice! How cool is that! The Tuck Room is exceptional in everything, so they're going above and beyond with their Miami Spice menu by offering a starter, entree, and dessert for lunch at $24 per person. For dinner, they are offering a drink, appetizer, main course, and dessert for $39. The portion sizes are the same and the quality is excellent as their regular menu.
I went to the Tuck Room with my husband. We got there around 7 pm on a Friday night. The D.J. was just starting to play his tunes. We sat at our favorite table, on the border of the outdoor terrace and the indoor portion of the dimly lit and well decorated restaurant. It is decorated with bold colors, artwork on the wall to resemble book shelves, and lounge furniture. The Tuck Room looks like the one of those private lounges off the beaten path that require a password to enter.
I was so excited to check out the Miami Spice Menu. I was impressed with the menu because they placed a few of their popular dishes on the menu and I saw some newer items as well.
We started off with drinks. Unlike other Miami Spice participants, there are three drinks included in the $39 fee. The drink options are a Classic Bacardi Superior Mojito, Illegalito, or a Spirit Free Berry Arnold Palmer. My husband and I chose the Spirit Free Berry Arnold Palmer. It is sweet and refreshing and reminded me of summer in a glass. It was topped off with fresh fruit and for those of you that don't know.... I love seeing fresh fruit in my glass!
For our starters, we ordered The Avocado (grilled stuffed avocado, shallot mousse, breadcrumbs, cotija cheese, and finger lime pearls) and the Brioche-Crusted Crab Cake (old bay remoulade, frisee and citrus salad, and yuzu vinaigrette). The stuffed avocado is the best rendition of a stuffed baked potato that I have ever seen. It's light and healthy, but filled with a pop of flavor. My husband managed to save one crab cake for me because he devoured the rest so quickly. I wish I could tell you how many crab cakes come in this serving, but my husband tossed those crab cakes like they were pieces of gum. I was honestly surprised that he save me one. The one crab cake that I had was really good. It was light and moist, and the citrus salad added a nice zestful flavor. I love that The Tuck Room has bar food with a gourmet twist.
The third starter on The Tuck Room's Miami Spice menu is the Ahi Tuna Poke (soy, sweet onions, ginger, sesame, edamame, macadamia nut crunch). We didn't try this third choice. However, if you go, you have to share your thoughts with us!
For our main entree, we could have ordered:
- Wagyu Beast Burger (aged cheddar, crispy shallots, bacon jam, smoked ham, applewood bacon, classic aioli
-"Drunken Goat" Turkey Burger (Mediterranean spiced turkey, green harissa, greek yogurt dressing, pickled cucumber, wild arugula)
-Tuck Lobster Cob (pouched lobster, bibb and romaine lettuces, beefsteak and toybox tomato, avocado, crispy bacon, hardboiled egg, house dressing
-Grilled Salmon (with carmelized sweet corn, toybox tomato, and fresh tarragon)
-Tandoori Chicken Kabobs (citrus herb rice, lime, cherry tomatoes, cilantro)
My husband ordered the Wagyu Beast Burger. The burger was hearty. It was our first Wagyu burger. Wagyu burger is a Japanese breed of beef cattle. It's juicy and filling. My husband had a hard time finishing his burger. I had the Grilled Salmon. The salmon was done very well. However, I wish that the dish came with more than just corn. I think that the salmon would have been better over a bed of rice, mashed potatoes, or couscous.
The desserts offered are the creamsicle sundae coupe, banana split tart (to the left), and carmelized apple pot pie. The creamsicle sundae coupe is a tangerine granita over vanilla gelao and a grilled pineapple. The most surprising part of this creamsicle is The Tuck Room added pop rocks to this treat! With each sweet bite, there was a pop of explosion. This dessert brought out the 80s kid in me! The banana split tart is my husband's favorite dessert at The Tuck Room. If you love bananas and ice cream, you will love this treat. Unfortunately, I can't tell you too much about this dessert because I don't like bananas. The last dessert is the carmelized apple pot pie. It looks like a pot pie, but when you break into the crust you have ice cream, caramel, and sweet goodies to make the sweetest pot pie you have ever tasted.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely! It is a cool hang out spot with great food and a relaxing environment. It's a bar/lounge that is adjacent to a movie theater. I enjoyed the Miami Spice menu and I think they are offering a lot of high quality food at a great price!
The Tuck Room http://www.thetuckroom.com/
3701 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160