Barton G has a very special place in my heart, and I have been going for years! I do have to admit the past couple of years I have abandoned my favorite restaurant because of everything going on in the Miami food culture, but boy am I glad I went back to taste dishes off their new menu.
Over the past year Chef Raul Del Pazo-Castro, of Cuban-American descent may I add, has done a complete rehaul of the menu, and continues to push the Barton G envelope with each and every dish. The Barton G. experience focuses on “The Art of Being Social”, with over-the-top, whimsical dishes showcasing food as theatre. His main goal with his new menu to go back to the basics, with locally grown ingredients that people know and understand, but shown in a completely different and avant garde presentation. To be honest, it’s an exhilarating experience from start to finish.
To start off your meal at Barton G you must order a below zero nitrogen cocktail. My personal favorite right now is the Buddhalicious, which is a pear infused vodka, lychee and cranberry juice cocktail that is served with a nitrogenized pop of pear vodka for an extra kick.
As far as appetizers there are so many that you should try. I suggest you order a few and share with the table. The Holy Smokes plate is a really fun dish to start off the night. The best part is that they prepare this plate right at your table. As they mix the popcorn with Parmesan and fresh herbs they throw in a white truffle nitro mix so that the second you place it in your mouth you blow out smoke! It’s pretty awesome.
Besides that, I recommend you order the Champagne Oysters & Caviar. This is a dish that required a ton of research to get it just right. Barton asked the chef and his team to create a dish with a bubble in it, and he did just that with this enchanting dish. Pure delight.
Then, of course, you have The Devil's Egg, which they dye red to really give you that spooky feeling. The mix of chive, bacon and white and black truffles is out of this world. And, the Octopus Terrarium Salad is absolutely delicious and so fresh. It has been constructed to symbolize a coral reef.
For your entrée if you don’t order the Polynesian Fish Fry then you are truly missing out on a orgasmic experience. I wouldn't normally order a whole fried fish, but the meat is to tender, and the side of coconut jasmine rice is just perfect.
Lastly, for your dessert, if you like chocolate nougat then you will love Brain Freeze. And, if that’s not your thing, then you are ordering the Lolli Pop Garden.