We got a first look at the much-anticipated restaurant, Glass & Vine, the newest restaurant from Eating House mastermind Giorgio Rapicavoli and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Situated in the former Coconut Grove Library space in the heart of Peacock Park, it is significantly larger than Eating House but still maintains a fun neighborhood feel with plenty unique twists on classic dishes that Rapicavoli has built his reputation on.
Menu categories are divided into Snacks, Garden, Sea and Land, and are meant to be shared. Snacks are simple but delicious and great for a group. Garden favorites included the Watermelon Salad with crema, cotija cheese, toasted corn and cilantro; Charred Cauliflower with chickpea, black sesame and dehydrated olives and Whole Roasted Broccoli with red miso, togarshi, soy and bonito. Standouts from the Sea portion included the Florida favorite Conch Fritters made with citrus yogurt and celery jalapeño, Housemade Bucatini with sea urchin butter and rock shrimp and Local Fish Tartare with frozen leche de tigre, jalapeno and radish. Desserts are certainly not an after thought, either. Our favorite with the Frozen Blue Cheese and Olive Oil Magic Shell that tasted like a grown up, gourmet version of McDonald’s Chocolate Sundae with nuts.
For Glass & Vine’s cocktails, Rapicavoli turned to Eddie Fuentes from Cocktail Cartel to create the menu. Our favorite libations included the El Conejo made with Cruzan Rum, Carrot Juice, Florida Grapefruit & Sea Salt and the Yellow Submarine with Olmeca Tequila, Apple, Local Citrus and Cayenne.
Make sure to give this new Grove restaurant a try, when it begins opening nightly at 4 p.m. beginning today, and until then check out the tasty pictures below.