Brenda Benoit checks out the Two Chefs restaurant in South Miami. Here’s her report.
By Brenda Benoit
Two Chefs is a restaurant that promises to deliver clean and exciting dishes made with ingredients that charm the palette. It has been around since 1994 and I passed it almost every day since. It was time to give it a try.
My dining companion was Miss E. who always lends her well-honed taste buds and opinions. Upon entering, the decor was chic without being chichi, quietly elegant with an impressive wine bar.
We asked the waiter for recommendations and started with the Crab Cake with Aïoli and Black Bean Stew. This combination of flavors was not usual as the Chef mixed at least three different styles of cuisines in one plate. The crab cake was dense and full of chunky pieces of crab, the aïoli bathing the cake and adding a silky note to it. The black bean stew was robust and earthy, an odd companion for the delicate crab cake.
We tasted the Coulibiac next. It was a very pretty dish of Russian origin made with layers of rice, salmon and spinach, all wrapped in pastry. It was a very interesting combination of textures – the soft rice, the flaky salmon, the creamy spinach and the crunchy pastry made it a tasty package.
The Coulibiac was served with Garden Greens, a salad that was very kind to the palette and made with Blue Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes and a Caper–Lemon–Dijon Vinaigrette.
The star of the meal was the Chocolate Soufflé, “Chocolate Bon Bon”, an absolute work of art that kept bombarding the mouth with explosions of pure chocolate with each bite. It was served with Crème Anglaise and Chocolate Ganache, adding more decadence to this dessert.
Chef Jan Jorgensen creates weekly menus that feature local and seasonal dishes complemented by his legendary signature plates and famous towering soufflés. He is a native of Copenhagen and arrived in Miami in the early Nineties.
Two Chefs Restaurant is quite an iconic place in Miami and has survived despite changing trends and fickle diners. It even features a Cooking School where Chef Jorgensen gets to share his expertise and love of fine cuisine.
It is on the pricey side though, so come prepared with a big wallet. The best bet will be to try the prix fix lunch meal for $22 so you can get a taste of the offerings.
Two Chef’s Restaurant
8287 South Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33143
Brenda Benoit was born in the city of St. George’s in Grenada and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been living in Miami for over 20 years, loves to cook, eat and to try new restaurants & cuisines - always with her camera as a companion. She's a dedicated cookbook collector and is in the process of writing one of her own.