Cantina La Veinte: High-End Mexican Restaurant Opens Next Monday in Brickell
Seems like Miami is hungry for high-end Mexican food. At least that's what the folks behind Cantina La Veinte think. Part of Cinbersol Group, which has opened more than 30 concepts in Mexico, this location is Cantina La Veinte's first U.S. outpost (the other three are all in Mexico City).
Courtesy of Cantina La Veinte Cantina La Veinte opens next Monday the Icon
Like the restaurant, the menu is grand. There are stuffed chilies, salads, earthy appetizers, ceviche, colossal soup bowls, and other seafood. There's also plenty of Mexican objets d'art for purchase.
Situated in the Icon Brickell, Cantina La Veinte boasts two floors and is a concept within a concept. Enter through the retro doorway that's branded with copper maize and agave, or take the stairs down to the restaurant's patio and bar or adjacent market. If Jay Gatsby had relocated to the Magic City, this would be his party mansion. A piano and vistas of Brickell Key and Biscayne Bay set the mood for the evening. Hundreds of trinkets line the display shelves -- Mexican folk art for sale to intrigued diners.
Dragones, cara de muertos, and burros all make an appearance. You'll also find carousel vases and lions' heads. It's your typical Mexican restaurant, for Mexico City anyway. "This is what we do in Mexico City," general manager Emmanuel Bergeiso says. "The art is just as important as the food." Indeed, there's even a pricing menu for all of the artful treasures.
As far as the menu goes, there's a lot to choose from. Start with an aguachile, a type of ceviche that's flavored with lime juice. The rib-eye incarnation ($18) marinates thinly sliced smoked rib eye in chile canica-lime juice, garlic chips, chopped avocado, and red onion. You can also opt for traditional ceviche, either rock shrimp ($19) in a smoked lime-cilantro-tamarind-mezcal sauce or a mix of shrimp, scallops, oysters, crabmeat, octopus, and chopped serrano chilies with a fresh tomato-lime sauce ($21). Earthy appetizers include queso fresco skewers with baked zucchini blossoms ($16), sopes con pollo ($16), and more rib eye, in the form of chicharrones ($21). Yes, you read that right.
Courtesy of Cantina La Veinte Doblalitas de jaiba suave ($21) -- crunchy soft-shell crab served in flour tortillas with jalapeño sauce.