Celeb-chef Scott Conant's latest South Florida eatery, Corsair, opened quietly over the holidays inside Aventura's Turnberry Isle Resort & Spa. But it seems as if the modern American concept has been greeted with some mixed reviews since launching. Check out what people are saying below.
The Surprising News: Considering Conant is NYC-based and owns several restaurants, we were surprised to read that he is in the kitchen of Corsair (working the line nonetheless) at least two days a week. But according to Miami.com he is — and writer Sara Liss was impressed. [Miami.com]
The Pasta News: Conant has built his name based on his pasta skills and apparently they live up to the hype at Corsair. According to Miami New Times writer Carla Torres, the short rib lasagna "stole her heart," and is so good that it would motivate her to "drive 40 minutes from midtown to Aventura to dine at Corsair." [Miami New Times]
The Not-So-Good News: By reading the Yelp reviews, service seems to be a mixed bag. One Yelper described their server as, "below average as can be" while another noted that the service "was slow, not personal and below par." But not all is lost as one Yelper added that their waiter was, "very knowledgeable and accommodating." [Yelp]
The Real Bad News: In the harshest Yelp review, a reviewer went on a 7+ paragraph rant about everything she disliked about her meal — and there was a lot. From the drinks where, "the bartender had NO IDEA what a Dirty Martini was" to the "bland and over-priced" octopus, beet salad and calamari, she clearly wasn't a fan. Overall she gave it one-star noting that, "this just goes to show that a great, fancy name and a great, fancy location doesn't' always mean you're gonna get a great meal. Such a shame." [Yelp]
The Twitter Buzz: But, one local seemed to love his meal so much he tweeted to the restaurant before he even left saying he'd be joining them again soon. And he also happen to spot Conant in the kitchen. [Twitter]