Ferris Pop-Up: Hookahs, Kebabs, and Brazilian Dancers
It's Friday night in Sunny Isles Beach, and at the top of the glass stairs leading to the Ferris pop-up at Sole on the Ocean, I am greeted by a lovely young woman dressed in an elaborate Brazilian samba costume.
Photos by Laine Doss Ferris: Brazilian dancers and Lebanese food, a combo that could lead to world peace.
What's so unanticipated about this dancer is the fact that Ferris serves Greek and Lebanese cuisine. Then again, the restaurant is run by chef Ralph Pagano, who, although best known for his Italian cuisine, also owns a successful taco joint in South Beach. In other words, anything can happen in Pagano's world -- and usually does.
The samba dancer was the evening's entertainment, accompanied by a DJ and drummer. As my guest and I settled down in the lounge area with a hookah, the beats began. Soon just about everyone in the restaurant was on their feet, forming a circle around the dancer, who swayed her hips to the music.
Samba dancing at Ferris.
For some reason, the Brazilian tunes work with the meal, most likely because a beautiful woman dancing to a hypnotic beat transcends all cultures. But don't let all of this hookah and hype take anything away from the food, which is plentiful and delicious.
Upon arrival, you're presented with a plate of olives and pickled vegetables. Chef Pagano says this is a traditional Lebanese greeting (one that should be adopted by everyone immediately).
Your welcome platter.