Ah, The VAGABOND. Seems like it’s been there forever. Actually, it has been a landmark on Biscayne Blvd. for many decades and hopefully will be anchored there for many more decades.
I mention that because the MIMO district of Miami is changing on a daily basis. I live a couple of blocks from The VAGABOND and I’m always surprised at the constantly evolving landscape along the Biscayne Corridor.
The VAG offers a terrific assortment of events. Their back pool area hosts fun, trendy gathering for the young and thirsty. A few months ago a couple of innovative, daring Frenchmen (OMG they are under 30!!!!), took over the restaurant and have successfully made it a destination place for foodies who enjoy smart, well prepared dishes that spark the taste buds.
Chef Roberto who is from El Salvador offers guests a dozen small plates for sharing. They include Roast Beef Air Baguette ($10) with pickles, black garlic and red onions and Tuna Poke toast ($14). Here’s an original, homemade Potato chips cooked in duck fat ($8). For the adventurous there is a Foie Gras Terrine ($24/36) that melts on the palate. Here’s another surprise. The VAG also offers a Croque Monsieur ($11) that is topped with honey glazed ham, truffle Gouda and a beautifully crafted béchamel. The Chef is inspired by his travels and he’s proud of his original preparations.
Part owner Fabien Chalard said, “We’re trying to focus on the neighborhood. There are new dishes such as a whole Organic Rotisserie Chicken with a side of mashed potatoes, green beans, baby carrots chimichurri ($39) that is delicious as well as a varied cluster of fresh veggies from the garden including an authentic Salade Nicoise ($23)”.
The Bar offers a good assortment of cocktails as well as a limited but fun wine selection and beers. Expect to find specials during Happy Hour. The kitchen stays open until 11 p.m.
We really enjoyed the menu items, the atmosphere, the attention to details and the service was delightful. The Vagabond Kitchen & Bar is located at 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33138. Details: www.vagabondkitchenandbar.com