This past weekend the newest dining experience has opened in Coconut Grove, ’33.’ This restaurant’s location may be very familiar to many people, as 33 has taken over the old Bombay Darbar location. After 26 years of working behind the kitchen, owner and chef, Chilean born Sebastian Fernandez will be giving Miami flavors that encompass Peruvian flavors with the use of international techniques and influences.
First, you may be wondering, “Where does the name 33 even come from?” 33 doesn't only refer to the grove's zip code '33133' but, Chef Fernandez thinks it's lucky. The number on the Newton Scale is the temperature that water boils and has a lot to do with astronomy including time cycles of eclipses, the age that we are in Heaven for eternity, including being the atomic number for arsenic.
One of the biggest reasons why I am absolutely loving Chef Sebastian’s restaurant is because not only is he extremely focused on food quality, but he is also strongly emphasizing on fresh, simple ingredients. He is even working on growing his own herbs and vegetables to use at 33. All the dishes he prepares will have no more than 6 ingredients as "attention to taste” is the utmost importance to Chef Fernandez. Reflecting on his philosophy he said:
“If my dish is a tuna, yuzu, and apple dish, that's what you're tasting, not a multitude of sauces to mask the flavors. I was getting tired of overwhelming plates. Peruvian food is fantastic. We came up with a concept to be inspired by this food and to elevate it."
Some plates I tried were his causa limenia, seared scallops and ceviche de corvina. I couldn’t tell you which one was my favorite dish because they all had their own delicious yet unique and simple taste. I do have to say the seared scallops with their miso brown butter were absolute perfection.
Dinner service will take place from 6-11 PM Monday - Sunday and they will be closed Tuesday. Lunch and brunch are TBA. The restaurant is located is 3195 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove.