We arrived at Café Med, South Beach, Florida, just as it was turning to dusk and were seated on the deck. There were tables and chairs on the sidewalk as well. Our server came to our table and took our drinks order. While we were waiting for them we checked out the 4-page menu. He came back with water in the throw away plastic glasses. Perhaps I should have known what type of evening we were going to have seeing that. I had put our gift certificate, for $50, on the table and when he saw it he told us it could not be combined with any of the specials. That was a shame because they had appetizers for $5, chicken wings, shrimps, or nachos. They also had a 10 oz. steak special for $14.95 and it was $29.25 on the regular menu.
I suggested to Len that we split an appetizer. We went for the Bruschetta @ $6.95 as we often get it at the local Brew City restaurant and it is amazing. Well I have to say I almost felt like walking out when it arrived. There were 4 tiny pieces of bread with chopped tomato, onions, garlic, basil and olive oil. It was cold and not even cooked. I am used to the bubbling hot version being brought out with 2 hands. Len actually asked me why I had chosen it as we were both disappointed.
For my main course I decided on the Crab Salad @ $19.95. On the menu it said “Fresh Blue Crab meat with romaine lettuce, red peppers, asparagus, black olive, hard boiled egg, artichoke heart, tomato, cucumber and a choice of dressing. I chose house Italian ranch as they had a very limited choice of dressings.
Len went for the 12-inch pizza with roma tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil @ $10.95. He also added pepperoni and mushrooms for an extra $2.
By now it was completely dark and we could hardly see each other let alone our food. Two guys came out and lit heaters on the front of the deck. They were filled with gas and had flames at the tops of them. Then they came to each table and lit oil lamps.
Next a man came close to our table with a cart with equipment on it. He was part of the entertainment later in the evening. There was a very small stage and he started lifting the speakers and other items off and pulling leads in every directions. A couple of times I thought he was going to back into our table. This eating area is very small and the tables are really close together.
Our meals came out and I looked at my salad as it was only about the size of the side salad I had at Front Porch, South Beach the previous day. That one came with my entrée. The top was covered with the crab, peppers, egg, tomato, cucumber, and olives. When I went to mix the salad I found some asparagus and artichoke amongst the lettuce but 90% of my salad was romaine lettuce.
Len’s pizza was very thin. He didn’t like the pizza base but he did say that the cheese and toppings were good. It wasn’t the best he had eaten but was passable.
I asked our server for the ladies restroom and he took me to the hostess. She told me that I had to go to the next restaurant and walked me to the entrance. I then had to go pass the hostess, do a left, and walk to the end of the building.
These restrooms were really old. I was the only one in there but didn’t feel comfortable. When I sat on the toilet seat the top cover hit me on my back. When I went to use the toilet roll there was no cover on it. I proceeded to wash my hands and again the paper towel holder didn’t have the front on it. I couldn’t wait to get back to Len. I then walked the whole length of the restaurant, down the sidewalk and back to our table. The entertainment guy looked up and moved so I could sit down.
I was going to order dessert but by the time I got to the table a piece of key lime pie was waiting for me. I said to Len “How did you know what to order?” He told me that it was complimentary.
This was the only good part of the meal for me. It was a good deep yellow in color and had a wonderful texture and I couldn’t fault the flavor. I had still been hungry so as Len is diabetic and couldn’t try it, I finished the whole plate.
There are 12 appetizers excluding the specials ranging up to $32.95.
Soup of the day @ $4.95.
5 salads from house @ $5.95 up to $21.95.
7 pasta dishes ranging from $12.95 to $$23.95.
Sandwich from $9.95 to $16.95.
Filet Mignon, New York Steak, Ribeye, BBQ ribs, blackened chicken breast, and fajitas from $16.95 to $42.95.
10 seafood dinners from $24.95 to $46.95.
Kids menu @ $5.99 and kid’s desserts @ $2.95.
7 desserts from $5.95 for ice cream to $8.95.
A 17% gratuity is added to the check.
Café Med is located at
940 Ocean Drive,
It is on Miami’s south beach.
We only stayed because it was a free meal. We had to pay around $15 to $20 for the tax and gratuity.