All you can eat. Four words that many gluttonous Americans love, but many food lovers scoff at. I find myself falling somewhere in the middle because in my experience all you can eat restaurants generally ooze with dingy grossness (yes, that’s a technical term), but also because, contrary to popular belief, I can never eat enough to make the price of an all you can eat deal worth it. Well, thanks to Lique Miami, I’ve finally found a place that is the opposite of gross and serves something that makes my taste buds and stomach want to keep going back for more – Alaskan King Crab Legs.
Before I get in to the all you can eat treat that is Lique Miami’s Alaskan King Crab Legs, let me tell you that this restaurant is a stone cold stunner. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a North Miami strip mall, but this place oozes cool factor. The indoor/outdoor space has a nautical feel, but done in a modern way; it feels luxe, but leaves the pretentiousness at the door.
Now, back to the crab legs. On Tuesdays from 6PM – 12AM, you can feast on as many Alaskan King Crab Legs as you want for a measly $77.77. If you were thinking that the legs might get a little boring after a while, here’s the part where I tell you that the sweet, juicy, lump crabmeat – which is flown in fresh from Alaska every Tuesday, by the way – can be enjoyed in a number of different varieties. From crostini to Caesar salad, from bisque to those legs, there are plenty of ways to enjoy every bite.
King Crab Truffle Crostini: This dish is more like a crab pizza than a true crostini, but delicious nonetheless. The sweetness of the crab stands up surprisingly well to the truffle and cheese. A great start to the meal, but don’t go too hard because these babies will fill you up fast and there’s still much more crab to go.
Alaskan King Crab Bisque: I love a good bisque; thick and creamy, spicy with just the right amount of bite. It’s consistently one of my favorite soups and Lique’s version does not disappoint.
King Crab Caesar Salad: Here we go again. Mitch vs. Restaurant Salads, Part 83652. Once again, not a bad salad, but IMHO not really worth it. I’d go for another crostini or a couple more legs before using my valuable stomach space on this dish.
And then we have the Alaskan King Crab Legs. Served steamed or chilled (I prefer steamed) and served up in all their glory, just the way the good lord intended. Lique does offer a variety of dipping sauces to accompany the crab meat, but I’m more of a purist. No sauce for me, the meat has so much of its own flavor that it doesn’t need the additional bells and whistles. But if you’re into that sort of thing, by all means, go right ahead.
For dessert, a simple fruit plate can go a long way to cut all the richness you just consumed. Or, you can head next door to the newly renovated XM Cigar Lounge for cigars and bourbon, if you’re into that sort of thing. #onatuesday
Mitch’s take: Think of all the things you normally would spend $80 on. Now think of unlimited Alaskan King Crab Legs for roughly that same price. Need I say more?
Standout dish: Classics are classics for a reason. There’s just something about cracking open one a ginormous crab leg and pulling out a lump bite of crab meat to savor and enjoy.