Written by: Katrina Vargas Vila
As you drive down Calle Ocho, you’ll notice what seems to be an endless row of coffee counters, cigar shops, and shabby markets. It is the heart of the Little Havana neighborhood and it stays so true to its Cuban roots that you’ll even drive by a park filled with cigar smoking folks playing dominos. But wedged between a joyeria and a cigar shop, you’ll find Lekoke Wine & Bites.
Once I walked in, I totally forgot I was in a wine bar on Calle Ocho. Being the wine lovers that we are, my husband and I felt like we struck gold as we looked at the shelves upon shelves of wine that surrounded us. The lighting is dim and romantic with antique odds and ends filling the space. The restaurant is cozy and intimate so you won’t have to compete with the music in order to have a conversation.
Naturally, our night started off with a lovely glass of wine accompanied by a plate of Marinated Olives to snack on.
We were presented with their “Lekoke Spice” Menu which can’t be beat. It offers a three-course meal with wine pairings for just $45.
The Caprese Salad was extremely fresh and simple – as it should be – with ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Lekoke’s empanadas are not the basic savory turnovers you’ll pick up on your way home. They are homemade, flaky, and paired with chimichurri sauce. Stuffed with a mixture of chorizo, ham, and cheese, they’re hearty enough to soak up all that wine you’ll be drinking!
I love tostones but usually they are fried and greasy – not at Lekoke. The Kokito Toston is baked, but still crispy! It’s topped with savory, shredded pork that has been slow roasted for SIX HOURS and is then topped with diced tomatoes as garnish.
Lekoke’s Seafood Pasta totally hits the spot. They definitely don’t skimp out on the seafood. Loaded with shrimp and scallops, this creamy pasta is addicting.
No meal is complete without dessert. Their flan is as good as Abuela’s!
Lekoke is owned by a husband and wife team that is so welcoming and attentive. It’s a place to unwind with a good bottle of wine and great company. Perfect for date nights and a night out with friends, I’m so glad to have found such a unique spot in Miami. Cheers!
Lekoke Wine & Bites |1225 SW 8th Street Miami, FL 33135