Happy Wine Restaurant in Coconut Grove Miami

Happy Wine just might become our new regular spot for a glass of wine and a great selection of rotating tapas

By Andrei Endelman - Food Editor - andrei@fashionandwinemag.com

Photos by Deena Thiel and Phillippe Gilede from Motif Photo for Fashion and Wine Magazine

Happy Wine is a wino’s paradise, tucked away in a gorgeous Spanish-Colonial style building, which on the exterior doesn’t look like much, but upon entering reveals a palace of wine, the walls are littered with shelves and customers are encouraged to get out of their seats and carouse the extensive selection to find that perfect bottle.

On the Photo: cheese board with peppercorn infused bleu, St. Andre triple crème brie, dusted dark chocolate, homemade garlic toast, honey, candied walnuts and balsamic fig spread.

The space is absolutely enticing and sets a very elegant mood, they also have renovated the upstairs portion of the restaurant to look absolutely beautiful and is a great space for larger parties and private events Happy Wine just might become our new regular spot for a glass of wine and a great selection of rotating tapas.

Upon arrival we were quickly greeted by the new chef de cuisine; Amire Leiva, to warmly receive us and explain each dish and its careful preparation. To start we were brought a very tantalizing cheese board with an assortment of local cheeses such as a peppercorn infused bleu as well as some imported favorites like St. Andre triple crème brie, the cheeses were served with dusted dark chocolate and paired with homemade garlic toast, honey, candied walnuts, and an interestingly delicious balsamic fig spread.

Next to come was a delicious symphony of dishes influenced by various cuisines that seemed odd when read off the menu but were presented beautifully and the flavors were outstanding. There was a Sour Orange Pulpo served with Spanish style brava potatoes, Peruvian aji Amarillo, topped with pickled jicama. We have had many preparations of octopus but this one stands out as being the most delicious and deceiving! Soon after we traveled to Italy and were subdued by a rich creamy Polenta topped with a divine piece of tender short rib served simply in its own jus. When we thought the main courses were over the chef decided to bring a huge 16 oz angus NY strip dripping wet with homemade chimichurri and sautéed onions.

Before Dessert I would suggest taking a look at the delicious port selection and having a Porto Calem with some of their delicious desserts, like the delicious moist almond cake, or the not so traditional oreo sundae.

Everything on the menu is designed to be served with the appropriate pairing, and we recommend asking for suggestions from the staff, all of them are very knowledgeable individuals, if all else fails ask for the owner Juan Carlos and have him pick out something special for your experience. Go with the specials, Amire has a very creative mind and won’t let you down, his cuisine is delicious. This spot is great for tapas and a nice wine date, I suggest you try to get there early since they tend to get full quickly, or even just try to drop in and grab a few bottles of wine before going to a party. Overall fashion and wine gives them 8/10, we would return again to this cozy spot in the grove and hope that you do too!

Be sure to check out their upstairs room for a more private experience, and live music on weekends.

Web: www.happywinemiami.com
Price Range: $8-$27
Phone: (305) 460-9939
Address: 2833 Bird Ave, Miami, FL 33133

On the Photo: Chef de Cuisine Amire Leiva.

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