Versailles, Little Havana
Versailles restaurant, 3555 SW 8th Street, Miami
We landed at the wryly named Versailles for a Cuban lunch and I was concerned about the menu translation problem. I knew it would start as soon as someone ordered a coffee, specifically café con leche. It’s not that I didn’t want them to realize they weren’t in Kansas anymore, so to speak – but I’m smart enough to know that you can’t mess with lunch. Anyway, it’s not your Starbucks café con leche of course, so when the warm leche was served in the coffee cup and the coffee was placed on the table in a small beaker – to share - the cry heard around the table was “What is this?”
Deep breath. Once we got over that obstacle, lunch turned out to be a surprising smash.
The state attorney for Florida, Katherine Fernandez Rundle was lunching with the Miami Chief of Police John Timoney at a table nearby and one of my brilliant colleagues had to engage them, if only for a moment, to tell us something… anything about the city. They joined us for 5 minutes and I was amazed at the unbelievable power and presence that the two of them had together. Considering that Versailles is the spot in the neighborhood for Miami’s powerful, paticularly in the Cuban community, I thought later how aptly named it really is.