By Shana Overhulser, BocaLocals.com
Novecento has hit the mark when it comes to offering a simple elegance in combing breakfast and lunch, as noted by the Girls Gone Brunching society. This Argentinean bistro bubbles with excitement and culinary delights as you leisurely recap a weekend gone by.
A gal pal of mine and I took up residence on the delightful outside terrace sipping on our first mimosa. Novecento offers the first one complimentary to all brunchers from 11am to 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Our gaze, from the garden plants to the broken sunlight playing upon our table, was distracted by the abundant selection of traditional American and Argentinean cuisine on the menu. The choice was clear! We started with Ceviche De Pulpo – octopus tiradito style, lime juice, chilli powder, tortilla salt, radish slices and avocado. The bursting of flavors set off like firecrackers on my tongue with each bite. The octopus was seriously the freshest I have ever tasted. To accentuate the experience, the Blue Cheese and truffle oil fries made an appearance and never left my side. It was a perfect companion to the assortment of dishes presented throughout.
A traditional Argentinean Provoleta Novecento was in due order containing provolone cheese au gratin, roasted onions, cherry tomatoes, red peppers and oregano. Great as a snack, and appetizer, for the cheesy, grilled-veggie type with no greasy feel. Being from New York, and a total sucker for fresh lox, I had the desire to order the Smoked Salmon Bagel Platter containing thick strips of smoked salmon served with a bagel, sliced tomato, onions, capers and cream cheese. It did not disappoint! The fish is wild caught and is, of course, a staple amongst this Miami crowd. Adding a meaty twist to a classic – emerges Novecento Benedict with crunchy toasted English muffin, two perfectly poached eggs on top, grilled skirt steak and Hollandaise sauce all towered on Canadian bacon. On par with taste and textures – a savory fiesta any time of day! I finished the meal with a very frothy Lavazza latte.
The 20th Century proves to be worthy of impressionable brunching – and Novecento is one restaurant that defines an era with their chic atmosphere, high standard of service and quality of foods. Brunch comes a la carte or Parrillada To Share, for only $62+. To review the menus go to: http://www.novecento.com/index.phpoption=com_ovacomposer&view=page&Itemid=138 Be sure to check under the Events page for; wine and beer of the month, ladies night, birthday incentive, Martini Card, Thirsty Thursdays and Wine Tuesdays. Address: 18831 Biscayne Blvd #220, Aventura, FL 33180. Phone: (305) 466-0900.