Just when you thought he was nothing more than the non-Carl Weathers half of the greatest handshake in the first 15mins of Predator by far, The Dutch has become South Beach’s newest indoor/outdoor, down-home haunt of bivalves & big steaks, thanks to the partners behind the same-named SoHo instant-fave; they’ve overhauled Solea with a feel inspired by “local cafes, country inns, corner taverns, neighborhood bistros, seaside shacks, and roadside joints”, somehow overlooking roadside inns, corner cafes, and seaside taverns...geez, guys!
Aside from a serious central oyster bar, which serves
Fruit by The Foot oysters, the seasonal menu's also carrying over some NY staples, including awesomely crispy fried oyster sliders, ceviche-esque spicy lobster cocktail served in a coconut bowl, massively stacked seafood platters piling everything from little necks and octopus to bay scallops and crab, and the fall-off-the-bone Asian White Boy Ribs, which pair really well with a nice gai-gin.
Serious meats not from the sea -- buddied up with sides like patatas bravas and roasted Brussels sprouts w/ bacon & breadcrumbs -- include "homey" fried chicken (apparently he does play that), a 28oz veal Porterhouse with gremolata, and a 40oz rib eye for two, and the two will be for you. And your toilet. Because let's face it, you just ate a lot of meat.
Sweetness-wise, they've brought in the mean handshake of Josh Gripper to spearhead the dessert menu, will also be rotating in seasonal, daily made pies, and are taking another cue from NY by housing an extensive list of American whiskey, even a touch of which will make it very easy to RUN!!...GO!!...GET TO THE PRO-PER!!!...state of mind.