Coconut Grove’s Peacock Garden Remains Ultimate Alfresco Dining Spot – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A well-known hidden gem, the Peacock Garden in Coconut Grove has been a local haunt for 10 years. It’s the ultimate alfresco dining.
When COVID-19 forced restaurants to close last year, owner Lalo Durazo redesigned and redesigned the restaurant in every way, starting with the famous garden.
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“We thought about how we could improve it and we got carried away. We said we’d just close and do a whole renovation,” said Durazo. “So what you see is a completely different restaurant than the restaurant that was here for the first 10 years.”
It’s lush and tropical outside. Thanks to the new garage doors, the food inside has been transformed into a flowing open-air space.
“So now we’re bringing the inside out and the outside inside. You can be inside, but it’s really like being outside because it’s so open,” he explained.
What has also been redesigned is the menu and cocktails like the mezcal and gin drink. CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo was ironically served with the title “The Wild Lady”.
“Cheers to 2 wild ladies!” joked Petrillo.
Durazo describes food as modern American, which in his opinion means what America is: diverse and multicultural.
“The modern American today is really everything. We have influences from all over the world. You can find good Mexican and Italian cuisine, as well as Indian and South African cuisine, in every major city. You can find anything, ”said Durazo.
You start your tasting with a classic American dish, The Maine Lobster Roll.
“The lobster is so tender and sweet and not too much mayonnaise. I feel like I’m in Maine, but here in the tropics, ”said Petrillo.
Then the Asian salad. It’s napa cabbage, kale, bok choy, coriander, sesame seeds, hearts of palm noodles, cashew nuts in a ginger-soy vinaigrette.
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“It’s dressed perfectly. I love the pasta. It has that Asian flair and is super refreshing for a warm day. I love this salad, ”said Petrillo.
Next up is the Italian-inspired seafood risotto with scallops, small neck clams, jumbo shrimp, and Maine lobster. Don’t forget the pepper.
“The pepperoncinis makes it a little spicy, it has a little kick,” said Durazo.
“I only felt the kick, but not too much. The smooth, gentle risotto with all the different textures to go with seafood, mussels and scallops is wonderful, ”said Petrillo.
Next, fried organic chicken, perfectly seasoned with herbs from Provence.
“To say this is tender is a real understatement because it falls off the bone so deliciously and then the herbs of Provence make it flavorful in your mouth. I feel like I’m in Provence, ”said Petrillo.
Peacock Garden is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
For more information www.peacockgardenrestobar.com
RECIPE FOR LOBSTER ROLL
Maine Lobster Roll – Peacock Garden
Chef Javier Quintana
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- 3-4 oz. Maine lobster, thickly diced
- 2 ounces. mayonnaise
- 1 piece of brioche hot dog bun
- 1 pinch of spring onion, chopped
- 1 whole butter lettuce leaf
- 1 ounce. pickled red onion, sliced
- 1. Cook the Maine lobster and scoop out the meat with thick cubes.
- 2. Toast the brioche hot dog bun lightly until golden brown.
- 3. Mix the lobster, mayonnaise, spring onion and pickled red onion and season with salt.
- 4. Place the whole butter sheet in the hot dog bun and scoop the lobster mixture into the bun.
- 5. Serve and enjoy.