Pinch Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary With Stellar Menu

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We love Pinch Kitchen. It’s by far one of the most consistent restaurants we’ve encountered, and the entire team makes you feel right at home. Go for dinner, and you’ll be wowed. Go for brunch, and you’ll be wowed.

So it’s no surprise that the restaurant is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. In a food scene where many restaurants don’t reach that milestone (let alone last a few months), Pinch’s longevity is a testament to the quality experience you can expect.

To celebrate this achievement, Chefs John Gallo and Rene Reyes have released a family-style anniversary menu that features some of their best selections yet. And you better hurry in because the menu is only available this month.

For $45, guests can enjoy three starters and an entree. The meal begins with a seasonal soup that changes regularly; during our visit, it was parsnip. Warm and comforting, the bowl of soup is perfect for fall (or at least a fall day in Miami). One whiff of the salmon croquetas, and you know you’re in for a treat; the crisp, salty exterior gives way to some fresh Scottish salmon that’s mind-blowing with the plate’s chermoula aioli (think French Moroccan curry-style mayo). If anyone could elevate a simple croqueta, it’s these guys.

The last starter — beef dumplings — deserve their own paragraph. Two reasons: the meat and the spices. When you mix beef, cilantro, cashew and thai curry broth together, magic happens. The plate perfectly progresses, letting you appreciate the meat before the spice slowly and surely creeps on you to change the dish entirely.

For entrees, there’s no wrong choice. The Scottish salmon is the same salmon from the croquetas, so you know it’s good; the gen-maicha dashi made with JoJo tea is a nice, fragrant touch. In the mood for a steak? The petit filet, a teres major cut, is exactly what you’d expect, too: tender, flavorful and filling with a bright swiss chard that makes swiss chard something worth eating.

Our favorite entree, though, was the lamb ravioli. The braised lamb neck, the house-made labneh (we’re suckers for labneh), and a tasty tomato sauce combine for one epic bite after another. If only it was on the permanent menu …

We’re almost halfway through the month, so try these items while you can. We’re already counting down to the 2-year anniversary menu.

PINCH Kitchen is located at 8601 Biscayne Blvd. in El Portal. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-631-2018

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