This North Miami Beach spot is for laid back Mediterranean-Spanish tapas

The grilled octopus is among B Bar's Spanish-Mediterranean tapas.
The grilled octopus is among B Bar's Spanish-Mediterranean tapas.

The who: Owner Varun Sharma and chef Guily Booth have teamed up for B Bar Tapas and Grill.

The space: A laid-back sports bar atmosphere with a large pool table, cushioned high-top banquettes and a striking mural on the back wall.

Interior at B Bar Tapas and Grill

The dishes: Spanish-Mediterranean seasonal fare done tapas style. The menu comprises mezze platters as well as hot and cold small plates, tacos and sandwiches. Prices are reasonable with small plates ranging $6-$16, larger plates $12-$18.

Carnitas-style tacos

Start off with the Mediterranean platter that comes with falafel bites, hummus, tzatziki and cucumber salad and add small plates of skewers of grilled Japanese eggplant, which come with a honey sauce and grilled pineapple with ichimi and lime. Grilled octopus is drizzled with truffle sauce and drunk mussels are in a white-wine broth, while a whole grilled trout comes with a caper and garlic sauce. Tuna tacos come two ways: sashimi style or cooked “carnitas” style topped with guacamole. For meat lovers a parrillada platter comes with skirt steak, blood sausage, sweetbreads and mojo chicken.

Parrillada platter

Desserts are homey with a white chocolate bread pudding and torched bananas with pistachio ice cream.

Bottom line: A wallet-friendly neighborhood spot with well-composed small plates makes this unique for North Miami Beach.