If you don’t know by now, Juniper on the Water is one of the restaurants that I frequent, mostly due to their incredible truffle fries and the fact that my cousins are the unofficial Prom King and Queen of that place (I swear, the staff does no less than roll out the red carpet for them!). I typically go for their brunch, so I was very excited to be invited in for a media dinner to try some of their nighttime offerings.
Before I get to that, though, Take A Bite Out of Boca and I were invited in about a month prior to do some more brunching. Since brunch is like white girl crack, I couldn’t say no.
Our meal started with endless flowing mimosas. Personally I like my mimosas with champagne, hold the OJ.
We then got an order of shrimp cocktail to start with. I am someone who loves cocktail sauce so much, that I will use any vehicle I can to scoop it up – carrots, cauliflower, crackers, cardboard, heck I’d even lick it off a marathon runner’s toe. But certainly the shrimp in this dish could not be defined as just the side chick. Juicy and plump, they were certainly the main attraction!
Growing up Jewish, you would think that it’s in my taste buds to love lox. But only recently have I decided I don’t completely hate salmon, and so I decided to be adventurous and partake in their Salmon Platter, a house citrus-cured salmon, served with cucumber, tomato, capers, red onion, and of course a bagel and cream cheese. Turns out that this is one of my favorite dishes of theirs! The citrus-cured salmon had a sweet but smoky taste, and paired so nicely with the capers, another condiment that I can’t get enough of. I’ve tried a couple of different salmon platters after the fact and have had to spit them out – looks like this is one of the only cured salmons in the world that does it for me!
Lastly, I had the Cheddar Chorizo Frittata, of course with a side of BAE (if you don’t know by now that that means “truffle fries,” then you’re on the wrong blog.) You can’t really go wrong with anything eggs, and I really enjoyed the chorizo in this fluffy, hearty frittata.
Me and BAE getting close.
Okay, well I thought that that was the last round – but how can you have a meal that involves cream cheese, truffle cheese, and cheddar cheese, without following it up with a cheesecake?? That’s like the 4 food groups of cheese right there.
Deliciously decadent and served with raspberry sauce, I savored each creamy bite. It was almost the perfect way to close out the meal – but of course, if there’s one thing I love just as much as food, it’s capturing a great shot of a cute outfit, and this is where the beauty of Juniper comes in.
Set right on Hallandale’s intercostal, the view is just as breathtaking as the food. Sitting outside while sipping on mimosas-hold-the-OJ, there’s no other way to feel other than “life is good.” So come for the food, and enjoy the view – and make sure your friend is a badass photographer like mine is 🙂
And now, we dinner. Not only did Juniper start the night with free-flowing champagne, but they had hired local musician Brendon O’Hara to serenade us for the night. The table was beautifully set, and the atmosphere was set just right, to deliver the romance that would cause me to conceive a food baby.
One of the first offerings was Prawns a la Plancha, a dish of large head-on prawns served with a spiced romesco and grilled lemon. I’ve always been a little wary of any kind of fish served with its head still on, as if it’s watching me from fish heaven. I don’t know what I’d do if fries had eyes. But I dug and was glad I did. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and a very tasty way to start the meal.
They then served us one of their side dishes, a mix of cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. It was a very refreshing dish that reminded me of summer BBQs with the family, a perfect summer dish to go along with the seasonal music being played in the background. But I hungered for more, and since it was National French Fry Day, Juniper obliged my wishes and brought out BAE (truffle fries, the you not learned ANYTHING from this blog?? Jeez.)
The next dish was my favorite of the night, a grilled snapper served with charmoula sauce. The skin was perfectly crisp and the fish so soft and flavorful. Juniper definitely knows how to perfectly cook each kind of fish that they serve, and I definitely will keep coming back for the seafood.
We also couldn’t finish the dinner without their signature cocktail, The Juniper. When I say that this is my FAVORITE cocktail in the world, I’m not exaggerating! made with puree of cucumber and yellow bell pepper, Hendrix gin, St. Germain and lime, and a cumin-spiced rim, it is by far the most interesting mix of flavors I have ever had in a martini. It’s savory, yet completely refreshing. I could easily down 5 of these, which I didn’t, because that would have made for one expensive Uber ride.
Lastly, we had the lamb shank, served with cranberries and polenta. Truth be told, I don’t ever eat lamb. Not because I love sheep so much; I’ve just never liked the taste. However, covered in au jus and mixed with the cranberries, the taste was so good that I might just have to change my mind. Sorry Mary, your little lamb is mine.
Juniper made the dinner really fun and interactive, and once again a great photo op! Friendly staff, romantic atmosphere, and perfectly cooked food – this place is worth the drive to Hallandale every time!
And yes, the t-shirt above is an homage to National French Fry Day.
For more info on Juniper on the Water, visit http://www.juniperonthewater.com.
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.