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My Ceviche - My Happy Place

South Beach is not only known for hot weather and bikinis, the food scene is quite spectacular as well. There is a very diverse food culture in Miami, especially when it comes to Latin food. From Venezuelan empanadas to Columbian patacones and the delicious flavours of Cuba, Spain and Mexico, South Beach has it all.   That being said, My Ceviche has got to be the best restaurant in town!  Not only is the food consistently fresh, the flavours are what Miami Beach is all about!

For this trip to Miami, I was so excited to land, drop my bags off at the condo and run the 3 blocks to My Ceviche's South Beach location.  I wasn't able to do that as my flight landed pretty late, but the next day like clockwork I was at the counter picking up dinner.  

We ordered a few of our favourites, ok half the menu, and ran back to our place to devour our delicious feast.  Raw tuna tacos, mixed fish ceviche and of course my all-time favourite, charred octopus tacos.  We literally ran home with a delicious bottle of wine and sat and feasted for a good hour - we really took our time!

I am not sure if this is possible as I loved My Ceviche so much last year, but this time I swear the food was ten times better.  It is so refreshing to return to a restaurant and not only consistently enjoy delicious food, but to like the food so much more than you originally remembered.  With each bite, my sister and I felt more and more like we died and went to food heaven - no joke!

Every dish we ordered was fresh, delicious and oh so flavourful, but there is something so special about their charred octopus tacos.  Not only is the octopus always cooked to perfection, the charred flavour is so good I cannot even begin to describe it.  This is a must try dish and hands down the best taco I have ever tasted!  They offer different sauces to accompany your tacos, I always stick to my two faves; salsa roja and their perfectly spicy lime roasted jalapeƱo mayo - literally to die for!  The charred smokey flavour of the tender octopus harmonized with the pickled onions, radishes and queso fresco, makes for one perfect taco!  

I love raw tuna, it is one of my favourite sashimis and tartar, so I always order some raw tuna tacos at My Ceviche.  The fresh fish is always so perfectly sliced and so delicious.  The mild fresh fish flavour is never overpowered by the delicate toppings; they compliment each other perfectly creating the ultimate tasty treat.  

Ceviche is hands down my favourite way to enjoy fish.  I mean what is not to love?  Citrus, spicy peppers and tasty fish, what more can one ask for?  Aji Amarillo is a spicy pepper used mainly in Peruvian cuisine, but more recently, this pepper started to appear in more and more types of cuisines.  At My Cevishe, Aji Amarillo is the name of my go to ceviche; a mix of citrus juices (lime, lemon and orange), ginger and of course, Aji Amarillo peppers.  

I have trouble describing the flavour that this delicate combination of ingredients creates.  The citrus is not over powering, nor is the spice from the peppers; the balance makes for a perfect and oh-so-tasty dish.  I have eaten ceviches in many restaurants and I keep comparing them to that of My Ceviche's.  For some reason, My Ceviche always wins.  The freshness, flavour combinations and little extras, all work together beautifully creating a superb ceviche treat.

After we devoured each and every bite, it was time to relax.  We sat comfortably satiated from the meal we had just devoured and began planning our next evening's dinner.  Yes, we ate at My Ceviche for four nights in a row.  Must be some kind of record, no?  By my last evening before my departure back to the cold, I had officially become My Ceviche South Beach's favourite and most loyal customer - YAY!  Now if they would only allow me to open one here in Montreal ... 

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