Wine Depot & Bistro 555 Looks Like A Winner
|Bistro 555 salad and charcuterie plate|
Yesterday evening my wife and I checked out the brand new Wine Depot & Bistro 555, which opened last week at 555 Jefferson Ave. in South Beach (just up the block from the Meridian Market). The portion is a lofty, industrial space divided into a wine market to the left of the entrance (over 100 labels, many in the low-end $10 to $30 range); and a large, stainless, 16-seat horseshoe bar to the right. In between is a lounge area consisting of tables topped with either stainless steel or marble, some atop wine barrels and surrounded by stools, one low table surrounded by plush couch seating. There is a glassed-in tasting room to the rear. They call it "warehouse-style dining", which is an apt description. We shared a charcuterie platter and salad, which were fresh and delicious
Bistro 555 is where the outdoor patio dining takes place. Same appealing menu is served indoors and out, which is to say a fetching selection of sandwiches (including croque monsieur; salami, sausage or pate on baguette; open-face tartines of tuna, duck rilletes, etc.); cold salmon treatments (gravlax, smoked, tartar, roe with crème fraiche and toast points); foie gras in terrine or au torchon; cheese platters with honey, walnuts, and bread; a quartet of salads featuring greens mixed with simple but inventive garnishings; charcuterie platters of varying sizes; tapas that traipse the Mediterranean via gazpacho, marinated anchovies, pan con tomate y Serrano, octopus salad, and a few more; imported pata negra ham; and desserts.
|The Depot is open.|
Our "small" charcuterie platter featured prosciutto, chorizo, French cured salami, Rosette de Lyon (another French salami), brie, cornichons, onion jam, and a side of delicious country bread ($12). We chose the Biarritz salad that brought luscious salmon gravlax draped over baby spinach leaves, warm disks of potato, crumbled goat cheese, and a creamy shallot dressing with slight mustard bite ($12). Both plates were flawless, the ambiance very urban cool. Menu prices range from $6 to $15, excepting only a large charcuterie platter ($18) and the pata negra delicacy ($28). They've got the look, wine, food, and price right at the start. Very promising.
Wine Depot & Bistro 555
555 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach