There are 3 compelling signs that a restaurant is on to something. 1. It is always packed, 2. It is always packed and 3. It is AlWAYS packed.
So by the time we decided to try Whisk Gourmet we instantly knew we were in for a treat, after a close friend of ours who lives nearby told us that everytime she drove by there were folks “coming out of the windows”.
The fact that that same week we found out they had won “People’s Choice” for best burger at the 2012 Burger Bash from the SOBE Wine and Food Festival increased our expectations even more.
I was actually pretty excited about there potentially being a good place to eat in an otherwise terrible area for Gourmands, which is very strange given the profile of the Gables neighborhood. Sunset Boulevard is filled with bad expensive food traps.
Indeed our first visit led to a 45 min wait for a table (party of 6, Friday night). But the bar staff are friendly and there are two great rocking chairs outside. A big plus was that they carried my favorite beers, Hitachino bottled and Great White on draft. The Great White’s temperature was amazing. Crispy and cold on a semi frozen pint glass. Superb and made for the waiting time a breeze.
We had no idea the famous burger is only available on Fridays, another plus to our first timer. Appetizers included the cornbread, the chips, the hummus and the fried green tomatoes. All were really delicious, and I have to admit it was the best hummus I have tried in Miami, including the various lebanese restaurants I have been to. The fried green tomatoes merited a repeat.
The place was humming with locals and the ambiance was great. We had the long tall table in front of the kitchen which gives your ample visibility to the chef Brendan Connor and his operation.
Our mains were the burger (of course) the roasted turkey sandwich, the fried rice, the spicy seared beef and a whole fried Snapper that was also part of the specials.
First on the burger: well deserved that prize is, since indeed it was outstanding. Pink juicy beef with a soft bun and great chips. A must try for burger lovers.
One of the most amazing things was how comparable the fish with the rice and spinach was to those at high end Thai places. The spicy sauce is coconut milk based, and the combination of all things together is a flavor explosion. A must have for anyone who likes thai food.
Everyone at the table was happy and we have gone back there many times. During the week the dinner service is less crowded so it’s easier to get a table. There are always different specials on the blackboard (and on the web).
Whisk is a clear gourmet standout in the Sunset area. The locals are happy, and so is Miami.