9011 Collins Ave., Surfside (in the Four Seasons Surf Club) 786-482-2280 or SirenuseMiami.com Cuisine: Cost: Hours: Breakfast 7-11 a.m. daily. Lunch noon-3 p.m. daily. Dinner 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday Reservations: Required for Credit cards: Bar: Sound level: Conversational, can get loud when full Wheelchair access: Ground level Parking: $12 valet with validation struggle, I summoned our server and requested a spoon.
“It’s a soup, a chilled mozzarella with a tomato tartare,” Mermolia says in a followup interview. He says a spoon should have been provided upfront.
It tasted fine, but appropriate utensils would have been nice. At these prices, I wanted perfection. There were many exquisite and beautiful plates, including a New Zealand langoustine tartare ($26) with shaved fennel, orange zest and black olives, and a Mediterranean octopus main course ($36) featuring a fine stew of tomato broth, potatoes, olives, spicy peppers and octopus chunks that take three days to prepare, including a 45-minute hand massage to soften and seven hours in a low-temperature oven. Mermalia, 32, has a way with seafood and pastas, something you’d expect from a chef born in Calabria who has spent time at La Sponda and who became familiar with America working at several restaurants in New York.
Also good was fagottello Genovese ($32), a housemade pasta of little purses stuffed with pulver-