OK, maybe not quite perfect, but Perfecto Gastrobar is awfully fun, and the food is delicious. It’s the first Miami venture for Oscar Manresa, a well-known restaurateur from Barcelona who brings the same energy and quality to Brickell Avenue.
The menu is stocked with quality products like glistening anchovies, both plump, pickled boquerones and cured ones from the Cantabrian Sea; knobby fuet, the hard, dry-cured, salami-like Catalan sausage; an array of Spanish cheeses and the elite Cinco Jotas (5Js) bellota jamon Iberico. Manresa has also brought front- and back-of-the-house talent from home. The young, friendly, bilingual waiters and bartenders are quick with a recommendation, a joke and always a smile.
Ambience: Guests walk under a red marquee into a world that feels as happy and welcoming as an air-conditioned movie theater on an August afternoon. The industrial-chic space with soaring ceilings is filled with aromas of spices and meats from the open kitchen and the sounds of lively dance remixes spun by staff DJ Ferran Lozano, one of many Catalan imports contributing to the authentically Spanish feel. The wide-open terrace with cozy sofas and the rustic, wood-accented interior amplify the effect. Beginning at noon, a steady flow of suits arrive for lunch specials for under $20. Then, it’s happy hour (four of them, actually), with buy-one-get-ones and lots of tapas specials from 4 to 8 o’clock.