804 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Eating House is one of the more popular restaurants in Miami for some time now. A well known establishment that seems to be more focused on their brunch (with some of their brunch items being offered all day). Located in the Gables, this place is consistently packed and reservations are definitely recommended. They offer classic American fare with some little twists here and there.
Their two most popular dishes are the Chicken and Waffles and the Pasta Carbonara, which is exactly what my friends were ordering. Unfortunately for myself, I wanted to be different (being different is so overrated) and opted for the duck breast. The latter was easily the worst of the three. But to be fair, those first two dishes were fantastic.
The Pasta Carbonara was incredible. The portion size is larger than I imagined. The pasta is cooked a perfect al dente. And so many people overuse the word "perfectly al dente" (I am guilty of this at times). THIS pasta was perfectly cooked. They use chunks of bacon that was crucial to the dish as it adds a bit of saltiness to cut into the creaminess of the dish as a whole. The raw egg and cheese is essential as well to add to the overall texture and gives it that perfect finish.
The Chicken and Waffles were so much better than I could imagine. The pictures don't really do it justice. I'll start by saying that the waffles are OK. They're a bit crunchy but the real winner is the chicken. Large pieces of fried chicken dark meat that is battered with some crunchy goodness. The chicken is so tender and spiced just right. Even if you didn't like the seasoning, they accompany you with some spicy aioli that you need to dip in for extra flavor. For just a bit of an extra oomph, they add in some thick cut bacon between each slice of waffle and fried chicken.
This is the portion of the review where I tell you about the duck breast. But it was a disappointing end to what was a good dinner. I was able to try each of the dishes I mentioned before, but the duck is actually what I ordered. It was the most expensive of the three, tasted the worst, and had the smallest portion size. The duck breast was fine, but there was no real seasoning. It sits a top a pool of broccoli polenta, that had more seasoning. The polenta was fine, but grainy. Being that it was broccoli, I should have expected this. The broccoli might have been better than the duck, which is a sad statement to make.
We came on a somewhat quiet night and though service was fine, the time in between plates was ridiculous. My duck plate did not arrive until an hour after ordering while the pastas arrived within 10 minutes of ordering? Makes it awkward to watch my friends eat, then have them wait and watch me eat. At least they give you some popcorn while you watch? I'm sure it was a one-off (i hope so). The parking situation is a bit rough, but you can find some street parking a block or two surrounding the restaurant. Worth coming to again because of how good some of the food is though.
Ambience: B- | Service: C+ | Price: B | Food: A-