Chef Allen's
Chef Allen's January 2009
Mid-Month Newsletter

Chef Allen's

Cost is often on your mind when you dine out today, whether the restaurant's steak or lobster warrant it, whether the mark up on the wine is conventional or criminal, whether the overall pleasure the restaurant provides is commensurate the price, you judge it accordingly.

Food, dinning and restaurants have evolved as has art & music in the past some effected more than others by the realities of the past 12 months. The "mango gang chefs" that brought national attention and spotlight to Miami's culinary heritage has given way to the next culinary generation of chefs. The need, the want and your expectations reflects today's attitudes, hungers and desires. With the interactions of the Food Network, Travel channel, Zagat, Open table, as well as food sites and blogs like epicurious, chow hound, and countless others on the internet our food knowledge has been altered dramatically. I regard the food that I cook, more carefully taking into account the nature of my ingredients, the vivid flavors I use and the prices I charge. We are in a brave new world of food and want you to enjoy every bite.

Miami still has some of the most exciting food in this country. Some of my other chef friends too have found the reality of the economy has changed what they cook as well as what they offer, reflecting a new generation's desire and budget. My take on Chef Allen's today is more casual, approachable and tasty, focusing on pristine locally caught fish and sustainable seafood simply and deliciously prepared. It is a modern seafood bistro.

Wines are vital to Chef Allen's bistro allowing for imaginative opportunities and personal expression- much as I have done with the food. With our new modern seafood Bistro we are introducing a very sexy, well selected seafood oriented wine menu. Yes a menu ˝ not a list ˝ unlike anything on the market in South Florida. My talented friend and wine guru Jay Wolmer insists on carefully matching the wine menu to the food menu. He has also introduced the idea of reverse angle analysis to me. That is, judging the wines and values from the bottom up instead of the top down. We will offer thoughtful and exciting taste possibilities at every level, matching our fish and seafood with new winery selections from the West coast, Mediterranean and other wines regions of the world.

Our Bistro Spice Menu
Continues everyday through February 12th

We are proud to introduce the first Winter Miami Spice, organized by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau with American Express as presenting sponsor.

Our Dinner Menu
Our daily spice menu is subject to change without notice.

Prince Edward Island Mussels
Fennel, Roast Grape Tomatoes, Garlic Toast


Blue Crab Crab cake
Tropical Fruit Chutney, Kimchee


Turks and Caicos Conch Ceviche
Sweet Pepper, Red Onion, Cilantro, Lime

Huber, GrŞner Veltliner, Austria, 2007

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Passion Fruit Intermezzo

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Beef Short Rib
Manchego Cheese Grits, Natural Jus


Pan Roasted Duck Breast
Fried Forbidden Black Rice, Red WIne Gastrique


Florida "Cioppino"
Grouper, Mahi, Shrimp, Clams, Soba Noodles, Saffron Seafood Broth

Chardonnay, Yalumba, South Australia '07
"337" Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 2006

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Cappuccino Brownie Sundae
Brown Sugar Hot Fudge and Espresso Praline


Grand Marnier and Spiced Walnut Souffl╚
Orange Anglaise and Crème Chantilly

Marenco, "Scrapona" Moscato D'Asti, Italy 2007

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Lobster and Mango Salad
Ingredients to Serve- 4

2(2 pound)Live Maine lobsters
2tablespoonsThai Fish sauce
3tablespoonsFreshly squeezed lime juice
3tablespoonsOlive oil
1smallThai chili, seeded and minced
12largeFresh Thai basil leaves, minced
2sprigsCilantro leaves, minced
1cupShredded Napa cabbage
1bunchArugula, stems removed
1smallRed bell pepper, seeded, deribbed, and thinly sliced
1largeRipe mango, peeled, cut from the pit, then into julienne

To Prepare the Lobster:
Plunge the lobsters into a large pot of boiling salted water. Cover and boil for 10 minutes. Transfer the lobsters to a bowl and let cool to the touch. Using a clean kitchen towel, tear the claws and legs away from the body. Wrap the towel around the tail and twist, separating it from the body. Place the tail on its side and crush down with the palm of your hand until the shell cracks. Separate the meat from the shell and cut it into ç-inch slices. Using a lobster cracker, crack the claws and knuckles of the lobster and remove the flesh with an oyster fork. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

To Prepare the Dressing:
In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and the chili. Stir in the basil and cilantro.

To Prepare the Salad:
In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, arugula, bell pepper, and mango with ║ cup of the dressing. Arrange the salad on salad plates. Top with overlapping slices of the lobster. Spoon the remaining dressing over the lobster.

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The Chef Allen Top 10 4 List
Top 10 4 Reasons to Dine at Chef Allen's in January

As you most know by now it is a list of dishes or recipes you are likely to find on the menu during the month. For this January list, I wanted to take a different approach. It starts with a few dishes you probably never thought you would see on our menu - at New Chef Allen's ˝ yes our New Seafood Bistro ˝ still in the same location we established on 1986.

4. The best wood grilled steak burger in Town, ( a 10oz burger -made with our Filet Mignon tips) homemade poppy seed bun, house pickles, and Thousand island dressing
3. Lobster Macaroni ˝ hand made macaroni, wild shiitakes, manchego, cognac and tarragon
2. Table side presented -Caesar salad with lemon zest, anchovies and toasted sesame seeds
  and the number one reason to dine with us...
1. Whole Grilled Yellowtail snapper with red quinoa and saffron tea

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