Yesterday I was over in North Miami Beach, and had to meet up with a friend of mine. We opted to stop in at the newly renovated Moca Cafe.This is not my first time at Moca. I stopped by there a few weeks ago, but was just able to get a drink that time. This time I was going to be able to sit down.
Moca Cafe is a Haitian restaurant nestled in the downtown area of North Miami. Walking into Moca you cannot help but inhale at the decor including the wine cellar. The artwork really adds to the atmosphere.
Since this was a lunch after lunch meet, I didn't really plan to look long at the menu. I was actually suggested to have the grilled conch and went with that suggestion.
The conch came mixed with green peppers, plantain fritters and some mixed salad. Where I come from we don't really grill conch. As Trinbagonians, especially Tobagonians we usually curry or "stew down" conch to eat with dumplin. Grilled I wasn't really that much excited about it. But this was good. The conch was not dry at all, which was kinda what I was wary about. It was well seasoned and very tasty. The plantain fritters I wasn't really a big fan of. Not that they were not good, but I prefer my plantain a bit moist, lol. It wasn't until I voiced that issue that my friend said I could have gotten sweet plantains instead. I doused that down with a very cold Heineken lite.
Service was quite good and pleasant. There wasn't much people there when I got there but at that time most people would be at work. It was way after lunch time and before after work time.
Besides being a restaurant, Moca Cafe turns into an after work lounge with various activities from poetry nights to live dj sessions.
I will surely be back to Moca at some point to try other things on their menu!!
I give Moca Cafe 5 out of 5 for that visit.
738 Northeast 125th Street