International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Enjoy hassle-free, flavor-rich world cuisine with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine at Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge in South Miami.
Spearheaded by executive chef Luis Quant, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge’s tapas-style fare incorporates Mediterranean, Spanish, French, and Italian influences. The expansive dinner menu features a savory selection of small plates, such as buñuelos de bacalao, codfish fritters festooned with romesco sauce and aioli ($8.50), croquetas de jamón, serrano ham croquettes accompanied by aioli and fig jelly ($8), and huevos con costilla, a breakfasty bounty of fried egg, potato crisps, short ribs, and a red-wine sauce dolloped with airy potato foam harvested from ripe Mr. Potato Heads ($11.50). Share a platter of paella mixta, a traditional dish of carnaroli rice, sofrito, roasted red pepper, green peas, picada, fresh seafood, and tender chicken ($28), or covet a whole roasted snapper (market price) or 9-ounce filet mignon ($36). Por Fin also serves prix fixe lunches ($19.50–$23.50) and prix fixe brunches ($19.50), which allow degustation decision-makers to customize a two- or three-course meal.
Sip a specialty cocktail ($8–$13), such as a cucumber mojito or fresh strawberry martini, nurse wine by the glass ($9–$12) or bottle, or nibble on a decadent dessert of flourless chocolate soufflé ($8) while lavishing in the restaurant's elegant atmosphere. The lower level hosts a fine-dining room, peppered with white tablecloths, sleek, modern furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge offers a more comfortable alternative, with plush, festively upholstered couches and oversized leather chairs ideal for intimate conversation or for hiding from fellow diners who are demanding their forks back.
The Miami New Times reviewed and recommended Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge. Zagat rates the food, décor, and service as "very good to excellent." OpenTable reviewers give it a 4.2-star average, and 88 Yelpers give it an average of four stars. More than 1,800 Facebookers are fans.