We recently spent some time exploring the dining scene in South Beach. One of the places on our list was Pubbelly. This place caught my attention while I was drafting a list of places to visit while in Miami.
Pubbelly is located on the western part of Miami Beach away from the tourist dense areas.
Pubbelly is a gastropub with a menu composed of about 90% tapas sized and 10% entre sized items. Their focus is a modern America and Asian fusion staring pork belly as their specialty. They offer a wide variety of wines, sakes and a small selection of craft beers, mostly bottles with a few on draughts.
This relatively small and cavernous looking place is setup with one long table and several small tables. We arrived around 730 pm and were able to get a table right way, but all tables were quickly taken up.
Shrimp & Chorizo Dumplings with Green Ponzu & Olive Oil
We ordered the Tartare, Pan con Tomate, Shrimp & Chorizo dumplings, Bacalitos and the Pubbelly Ramen. The Bacalitos or crispy cod brandade are fried cod cakes served with a coconut aioli sauce, nice and crispy with some slight sweetness from the sauce, a very good starter.
Goat Butter Toast & Pan con Tomate
These were followed by the Shrimp and Chorizo dumplings, a very interesting mix of Spanish flavors and spices in a traditional Asian dumpling. The Tartare was composed of shortrib, apple, quail egg, mustard and tobajan served with Goat butter bread resulting in an incredible combination of flavors and textures.
Pubbelly Ramen Pork Belly, Lemongrass Broth, Poached Egg
Lastly we had the Pubbelly Ramen, your traditional Ramen noodles swimming in a lemongrass broth with poached eggs and a nice sized piece of pork belly very nicely garnished with bean sprouts and some leafy greens. The Ramen was pretty tasty, but I personally prefer pork belly when it’s crispy and not so much when it’s cooked in a broth.