Bread + Butter

Bread + Butter, a.k.a. Pan con Mantequilla, is chef’s Alberto Cabrera’s first restaurant venture in Coral Gables.  A Miami native, Chef Cabrera wanted a place all his own after running the kitchen at another Gables spot, The Local.   Everything about his new venture reflects his vision, from the decor, to the food and of course the name of the restaurant. A quick glance at the menu, below, you can even read a little bit about the chef and his vision. 

The restaurant is very small but nicely decorated with an antiquey-feel of old Cuba. 
 Now, on to the food.  With a restaurant named Bread + Butter I would expect to at least get freshly baked bread and butter at the table.  However, bread is offered as a menu item with different accompaniments from about $5 to $12 depending on which bread dish you get.  Already, I was a little turned off.

The first small plate we ordered was the Platano en Tentacion (bacon wrapped plantains) which is a play on bacon wrapped dates but instead they wrapped sweet plantains with bacon and topped it with sour cream and chives. Sounded interesting and I love bacon so why not?! Although I appreciated the creativity, the bacon wrapped plantains were just ok.  In my opinion, dates are a much better match since the consistency is harder and the flavor is sweeter than the soft plantain.  
We also ordered the Empanadas de Costilla de Puerco that were filled with BBQ pork.  They were accompanied by corn pudding and housemade pickles.  The empanadas were good, but how could you go wrong with fried BBQ pork empanadas?!

Platano en Tentacion
Platano en Tentacion
Fufu de Platano
 Next, we ordered the Fufu de Platano, which included pork belly on top of plantain mash with confit garlic and oregano.  Pork belly always gets my attention so I had to try this dish but unfortunately it only contained about 4 small cubes of pork belly 😦 The dish was mainly plantain mash, which was ok, but I didn’t want a bowl of mashed bananas.  Oddly it reminded me of something you would give a baby or small child.
Pan con Lechon
Pan con Lechon
My boyfriend and I got the picture that this restaurant’s main theme was a play-on Cuban food and thought that ordering Pan con Lechon would satisfy our craving for a delicious Cuban classic.  However, as you can see above, the “Pan con Lechon” was transformed into a pork bun! Again, I appreciate the creativity, and it’s definitely the first time I’ve seen a pan con lechon as a pork bun, but some things are sacred and probably shouldn’t be transformed.  Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased that my pan con lechon was actually a pork bun.  Additionally I thought the pork was very acidic and the bread was a little soggy and didn’t hold up as well as the type of bread usually used in a pork bun.
Unfortunately, I probably won’t be returning here and if I’m craving Cuban food, I can go to Abuela’s house or the many classic Cuban restaurants available in Miami. 
Bread + Butter
2330 Salzedo Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134

(305) 442-9622 Hours of operation

Breakfast Mon-Sat 7:30am-11:00am
Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-4:00pm
Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-11:00pm | Fri-Sat 5:30-12:00am

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