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The Wave Kitchen & Bar – Restaurant Review 2018

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine and Vero Beach Foodie

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I got a call from the restaurant manager a few weeks ago asking me to come back and check out their summer menu.  If you read my previous review of The Wave, you know that I jumped at the opportunity to go back and try the new menu items.  While the food at the previous review was amazing, they have really stepped up their game and I was quite impressed with the changes.  Dare I say that one of the dishes served to us during this updated review will make my Top 10 Best Dishes list this year?  Keep reading to see if you can figure out which one it might be.

The Wave Kitchen & Bar Restaurant Review 2017

The Wave Kitchen & Bar is located inside Costa d’ Este Beach Resort & Spa.  Owned by seven-time Grammy Award-winning musical artist Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan, the resort brings Miami chic, sophistication, and the Estefan’s personal taste and style throughout the resort.  It’s centrally located on Ocean Drive in what is known as the “Hamptons of Miami”.

The resort is hard to miss as you drive past it on Ocean Drive due to the geometrical architecture of the covered entrance and the waterfall in front of it.  The landscaping is always well maintained and very tropical.  While their parking lot is mostly reserved for valet parking, there are a few spots that you can still self-park.  As you enter through the front door, you walk directly into the lobby.  The restaurant is just a few steps away to the right and through a stone arch with only their logo to identify what it is.  The hostess stand is on your right and is made up of wood, metal, and glass.  You will notice in the middle of the dining room there is a large table surrounded by black bead walls.  This is their VIP table for special events and can host up to 14 guests.  Gloria and family have been known to use this area for their family gatherings while staying at the resort.  Once you walk past the VIP table the next thing that draws your attention will be the view of the pool deck, the Cabana bar, and of course the ocean view.  Blue accent lighting is used throughout the resort and it’s quite stunning once the sun has set.  

 

Now on to the food!  Let’s jump right in and see what I had to eat!

Shrimp & Crab Ceviche – ($19.00) – One dish that The Wave is very well known for is their Ceviche, and this new twist was exceptional.  Made with fresh shrimp and crab meat, it also contains corn, red onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro, and fresh citrus juices.  Plantain chips are served alongside.  All of the ingredients were beyond fresh and the citrus juices gave it a very bright and tangy flavor.  One thing that stood out to me in this dish was how precisely the ingredients were diced.  You could tell that a chef with years of experience took great care when crafting this dish.

Barbeque Shrimp – ($15.00) – Up next for us to taste is this New Orleans inspired dish.  Eight shrimp sourced from the Gulf of Mexico to make sure it’s as authentic as possible, are grilled and then tossed in a sauce made from amber beer, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, and rosemary.  A biscuit is served alongside.  The shrimp were quite large and perfectly cooked.  The sauce had a mild, yet flavorful kick to it, and was very good.

Seasonal Greens – ($13.00) – A summer menu is not complete without a salad option!  With romaine lettuce as the base, it also includes snow peas, tomatoes, radish, and cucumber, and garnished with pea tendrils on top.  All of the veggies were farm fresh, the lettuce was nice and crisp, and the tomatoes were the sweetest I’ve tasted yet this season.  The salad was tossed with a Meyer lemon dressing and had a nice pop of flavor.

Pan Roasted Florida Grouper – ($35.00) – Grouper is my all-time favorite fish, so I was happy to see this brought out for us to try.  The dish consists of a pan-roasted 7 oz. grouper filet served over a charred corn succotash with a lobster tomato sauce and garnished with crispy leeks on top.  First off, the grouper was awesome!  It was light, flaky, and fatty, just as this cut of fish should be.  The dish had lots of colors, a mixture of flavors and textures, which really brought this dish to life.  It was delicious!

Coffee Rubbed Hanger Steak – ($34.00) – We just happened to be at the restaurant on Wednesday night again which is also steak night, so we got to try this new cut of beef they are offering known as a Hanger Steak.  The steak was rubbed with coffee and grilled to medium rare.  It was served on a hot stone and was still sizzling when it arrived at our table.  A potato, pearl onion, and mushroom hash was served alongside.  This cut, while not as tender as a filet, yet not as tough as a sirloin, was of excellent quality and had a rich beefy flavor.  The steak continued to cook on the hot stone which gave it a nice crust.

We were served two desserts options at the conclusion of our evening.  First up was a classic Cuban dish, Churros.  They are fried, then coated with cinnamon and sugar.  Served alongside were a chocolate and caramel sauces.  As an added bonus, a shot of Cuban rum was included for dipping the churros into.  Last but not least was a classic Vanilla Bean flan.  Both great ways to round out our wonderful evening.

Churros – ($13.00)

Vanilla Bean Flan – ($7.00)

In Conclusion:

The Wave has yet again proven to me that they are more than just a “Cuban” restaurant.  They have a wide variety of dishes to please most anyone, yet staying true to the owner’s roots and mixing in a few classic Cuban dishes that pay tribute to the owner’s heritage.  Costa and The Wave both continue to impress me.  The atmosphere here is second to none, and the food quality and options keep getting better each time I visit.  If you have not been here in a while, or even if it’s new to you, then might I suggest you come and check out their new summer menu items and rediscover everything that The Wave Kitchen & Bar has to offer.

Costa de’ Este is hosting our next Vero Beach Foodie MeetUp at the Cabana Bar on Wednesday, June 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  They will be providing a few sharable apps for free and a 15% discount off regular menu items.  Our Meetups are a great way to meet other local foodies and discover new and exciting restaurants each month!  Hope you can join us!

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Have you tried The Wave Kitchen & Bar?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

The Wave Kitchen & Bar Website  |  Facebook Page

Address3244 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Phone(772) 410-0100

Hours: Open Daily from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

 

 

The Wave Kitchen & Bar – Restaurant Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine and Vero Beach Foodie

Beachiest Kids Photo Contest

My next tasting experience takes me beachside to a restaurant that has been on my list to review for quite a while now, The Wave Kitchen & Bar located inside Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa.  Owned by seven-time Grammy Award-winning musical artist Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan, the resort brings Miami chic, sophistication, and the Estefan’s personal taste and style throughout the resort.  It’s centrally located on Ocean Drive in what is known as the “Hamptons of Miami”.

The resort is hard to miss as you drive past it on Ocean Drive due to the geometrical architecture of the covered entrance and the waterfall in front of it.  The landscaping is always well maintained and very tropical.  While their parking lot is mostly reserved for valet parking, there are a few spots that you can still self-park.  As you enter through the front door, you walk directly into the lobby.  The restaurant is just a few steps away to the right and through a stone arch with only their logo to identify what it is.  The hostess stand is on your right and is made up of wood, metal, and glass.  You will notice in the middle of the dining room there is a large table surrounded by black bead walls.  This is their VIP table for special events and can host up to 14 guests.  Gloria and family have been known to use this area for their family gatherings while staying at the resort.  Once you walk past the VIP table the next thing that draws your attention will be the view of the pool deck, the Cabana bar, and of course the ocean view.  Blue accent lighting is used throughout the resort and it’s quite stunning once the sun has set.  

 

Now on to the food!  Let’s jump right in and see what I had to eat and drink!

 

Blueberry Mojito – The Wave is known for their spectacular mojitos, so I had to get one.  I’ve tasted them several times while attending the Taste of Vero event and always enjoyed them.  This one is made with Bacardi Anejo, fresh lime juice, fresh mint, simple syrup, soda water, and fresh blueberries.  It was garnished with a sugar cane stick, lime wedge, and more blueberries.  The blueberry flavor at first was subtle, but the longer I let it sit, the better it got.

Ceviche Trio – Below is the description of each one starting on the left:

Left:  Local Seasonal Fish Ceviche – It’s made with fresh local fish, freshly squeezed lime juice, cilantro, and red onion.  Fried plantain chips were served alongside.

Middle:  Salmon and Ahi Tuna Poke – It’s made with fresh salmon and ahi tuna, scallions, red onion, avocado, jalapeno’s, nori, cilantro, soy sauce.  Fried wontons were served alongside.

Right:  Coconut Seafood Mixto – It’s made with scallops, lobster, shrimp, citrus, coconut milk, mango, avocado, and jalapeno.  Fried plantain chips were served alongside.

What I really liked about this dish was that each ceviche was completely different in both flavor and in texture.  The one on left had the traditional bold lime flavor, the middle one had a subtle Asian flavor, and the one on the right had a more mellow sweet coconut flavor.  My favorite of the three was the one on the right.  With the variety of seafood in it, plus the sweet coconut flavor, and the plantain chips to eat it with, the variety of textures and flavors made this the winning ceviche of the trio.

Mojo Braised Mussels – The garlic aroma coming from this dish when they sat it down in front of us was intoxicating!  It’s made with fresh mussels in a garlic citrus broth, sea salt, and herbs. Yucca fries were served alongside.  The mussels were perfectly cooked and very tender.  The broth was the real star of the dish.  It was bright from the citrus and of course had a lot of garlic flavor.  It was quite delicious!

Spinach Cobb Salad – It’s nice to see a different twist on a classic salad like the Cobb.  It’s made with a bed of spinach, carrot shreds, diced egg, crumbled bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, diced avocado, and chopped walnuts.  Most Cobb salads I’ve had usually have finely chopped romaine lettuce, but in this salad, they used baby spinach instead.  Everything smelled very fresh and was quite colorful.  The dressing served alongside was slightly sweet and tangy.

Pan Roasted Red Snapper – Red Snapper is one of my favorite types of fish, so I was looking forward to trying this one.  It’s made with a red snapper filet served over a warm truffle summer bean salad, artichokes, roasted tomatoes and a ramp-Leek vinaigrette.  The snapper was a touch overcooked on the edges, but was still moist and tender inside.  The bean salad had a little crunch and was a little bit tangy from the vinaigrette.  The roasted tomatoes had a rich roasted tomato flavor, very much like you would expect from a sun-dried tomato, and they were one of my favorite parts of the dish. 

Filet of Beef – We just happened to be at the restaurant on Wednesday night which is also steak night, so we got to try a few of their best offerings.  First up is the Filet of Beef.  Premium Black Angus steak sourced from Creekstone Farms is some of the best quality beef that money can buy.  Their cattle are fed a non-GMO diet, never given antibiotics, and no growth promoting drugs.  The filet was topped with a shallot crust, and served with roasted pearl onions, mashed truffle yucca, watercress salad, and a red wine demi-glaze sauce.  While filet is not my personal favorite cut of beef, this one was quite exceptional.  It was seasoned lightly with salt and pepper and seared to a perfect medium.  The demi-glaze that was served on the side was rich and sweet and was a nice compliment to the steak. 

Paella a la Costa (for one) – I must admit, this was the first time I’ve ever tried Paella.  I did not know what to expect, so this was going to be a new experience for me.  It’s made with Calasparra rice, clams, mussels, a U10 scallop, jumbo shrimp, chorizo, chicken, peppers, peas, and an additional half lobster was added to the top to complete the stunning presentation!  All my favorite types of seafood were sitting atop what I can only describe to someone that has not tried paella before as a Spanish fried rice.  The seafood was cooked and seasoned to perfection.  The rice picked up its beautiful color from the saffron and a subtle smoky flavor from the chorizo which added yet another layer of complexity to the dish.  I think I just became a Paella fan!

Cuban Coffee Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye Steak – Next up for my tasting pleasure on steak night is The KING of all steaks, the one and only cowboy cut bone-in ribeye, and my personal favorite!  The steak was rubbed with Cuban coffee grounds, salt and pepper, then grilled to a perfect medium.  Large hand cut steak fries and a Cuban inspired Chimichurri sauce that was made with cilantro and lime was served alongside.  Why is this my favorite cut of beef you ask?  The flavor of a bone-in ribeye is hard to beat.  It’s rich, it’s fatty, and has the deepest most beefy flavor I’ve ever tasted in any cut of beef.  While everything served to us this evening was fantastic, I think this was my favorite.

Pina Colada Cake with Lime Sorbet – By this time of the evening, we were getting full, but there is always room for dessert!  The cake is made with 2 layers of yellow cake separated by a layer of whipped cream with shredded coconut and crushed pineapple in it.  It was served with a side of lime sorbet and garnished with whipped cream, a mint leaf, and toasted coconut.  The cake was amazing!  It was light, fluffy, and the whipped cream filling really tasted like a Pina Colada.  While not made in-house, the lime sorbet was creamy, smooth, and had a bold lime flavor.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake –  My absolute favorite dessert is cheesecake and this one did not disappoint.  Served alongside was a pecan brittle, strawberries, and it was garnished with whipped cream and a mint leaf.  Presentation on the blue plate was gorgeous!  The cheesecake was dense and packed with a rich caramel flavor.  The pecan brittle was sweet, crunchy, and quite good. 

In Conclusion:

I think most people assume that the food served in this restaurant is Cuban due to the owner’s heritage, but they could not be more wrong.  While they do have a few Cuban dishes on the menu, most of them are New American with Cuban / Spanish influences. Everything we tasted was freshly prepared to order and artistically plated, so not only was the food pleasing to the eye, but also to the palette.  If you have not been here in a while, or even if it’s new to you, then might I suggest you come check out their new menu items, the impressive ocean views, the pristine beaches, and rediscover everything that The Wave Kitchen & Bar has to offer.

Have you tried the Wave Kitchen & Bar?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Atmosphere – 5 Forks

Service – 5 Forks

Food – 5 Forks

Rating Scale Legend:

1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent

 

Coming up next month, please join us for the Vero Beach Foodie VIP Dessert Experience at The Wave Kitchen & Bar!  Limited seating is available for this exclusive event and it will sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Cost: $50.00 per person – Your VIP experience includes free valet parking (including tip), champagne reception, 3-course plated desserts that were created just for this event, coffee, and iced tea. A cash bar will be available if you would like any additional drinks during the evening.

When: Wednesday, December 13th starting at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To purchase tickets, go to  https://verobeachfoodie.ecwid.com/

 

The Wave Kitchen & Bar Website  |  Facebook Page

Address3244 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Phone(772) 410-0100