A new Restaurant Vies for a Younger Crowd
Calling itself “vibe dining,” Seek + Find is the latest play for a younger crowd in the Gables, a stylized new space on Ponce de Leon at Valencia that Son Cubano previously occupied. Taking their cue from Wynwood, the brick walls sport “Instagramable” montages, chandeliers hang overhead and the columns are painted with variations of the phrase “you are exactly where you are supposed to be.”
Owner Kevin Goucheé is betting the combination of edgy interior, creative cocktails, inventive menu and music (in the evening a DJ puts out beats) will create “a place to gather, engage and celebrate,” and make an evening out of it, including drifting upstairs to a speakeasy called Room 25. Whether Seek + Find will find a niche in the Gables’ dining-cum-club space (think Plomo or Copper 29) only time will tell. But we will say this: Its Flaming Dragon cocktail is both flaming and potent, the Kumquat Whiskey Sour both tart and delicious, and the menu refreshingly different.
Among the winners of reasonably priced innovations: Wild boar medallions, Korean barbecue half chicken, wild mushroom and truffle puffs, and an excellent marinated octopus salad. Not so sure about the alligator tail corn dogs.