We were in the mood for tapas and visited this tiny taperia located off Biscayne Boulevard. Giorgio Rapicavoli’s Taperia Raca, opened last February in the Miami Modern (MIMO) district and we had to give it a try.
Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers or little snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold or hot. It was our first time eating tapas in an actual taperia, imagine that.
We started with the Queso Burrata – local burrata, salsa romesco, charred scallion, olive oil. The charred scallion added an unusual injection of zest.
Montaditos de Langosta was next: poached lobster, lemon aïoli, lemon, and celery, lovely combination of textures and flavors.
Camarones al Ajillo – shrimp, toasted garlic, sherry vinegar and pimentón was not exactly our favorite but is was good and tasty.
The Cachetes de Cerdo (Pork Cheeks) were braised niman ranch pork cheeks, potatoes, truffle, eggs. Tremendous aroma and distinctive taste.
Tiras de Asado – grilled short ribs, romesco, charred scallion, fried garlic was a darling of a dish, really enchanting and full of umami.
In their efforts to be a ‘greener’ restaurant they serve unlimited flat and sparkling Vero water at a charge of .50 cents a person, a nice touch.
Taperia Raca is worth a visit and the menu offers both traditional and innovative tapas in a very informal and down-to-earth atmosphere.
Ryan Harrison is the Chef de Cuisine, creating delightful traditional Spanish tapas with a spirited, contemporary twist.
7010 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Fl 33138