Tongue & Cheek Lives Up to Its Name

April 21, 2013 | by —LIANA LOZADA | Homepage

Chef Jamie DeRosa and business parter Michael Reginbogin 

Tongues are wagging about newly opened South of Fifth restaurant and watering hole Tongue & Cheek, where chef Jamie DeRosa cooks up colorful, globally influenced plates. Whether you settle on the British street food classic fish and chips or the Florida standard country ham and pimento cheese, expect the unexpected. Case in point: for tapas fans, DeRosa deconstructs the Spanish tortilla, opting for a more layered approach with a sous vide, egg, potatoes, and deep fried scallions. And while we’re talking Spain, the Iberico de Bellota ham, sliced thin to order, is served with pickled vegetables and fresh bread.   

Tongue & Cheek is the first project to come out of Social Dining Concepts LLC, created by DeRosa (formerly executive chef at Tudor House) and industry veteran Michael Reginbogin. Also a big part of the restaurant’s identity is Claudio Picasso's hand-painted, pastoral murals, which align rustically with modernist interior touches like white subway tiling, wood accents, and warm-colored banquettes. 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900

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