Recently a party of six friends met for dinner at Marfil Bistro in Doral. This group of longtime friends travel together and we regularly get together for meals all around town. We have all been to Marfil as couples before, separately. Marfil Bistro bills itself as Mediterranean meets modern. They offer Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus. As usual we met our friends at the spacious, well lit, bar area for drinks and to socialize before sitting at our table. They serve all types of mixed drinks as well as wines. Always providing some live musical entertainment, on this evening Marfil Bistro had a wonderful saxophone playing musician. They also have a keyboard near the front door and recorded music as well. Although the establishment is not extremely large, the music is never intrusive nor too loud to disturb the friendly conversation.
On this visit we sat at a long table for six, three on each side next to the stairs. On another visit with other friends, we sat in their smaller upstairs area that overlooks the restaurant’s downstairs front. Marfil’s decor features a modern, slightly warehouse look featuring lots of metal with interesting lamps hanging from the tall ceiling and many round or square tables with white tablecloths. They also provide quite a bit of covered outdoor seating. You’ll notice quite a few flat screen TVs around both inside and outside, a result perhaps of this location having been a sports bar in another life. For special events or small private parties, Marfil offers a separate room that features unique different wall themes of you choosing.
My favorite dish at Marfil Bistro is the Lobster Ravioli, in saffron sauce, peppers drop and asparagus that I’ve ordered before. Our friends ordered the Crab Cakes with mango chutney appetizer, very good. Everyone received a small warm baguette bread along with our choice of water. For an entree, one selected the Gnocchi Asiago, homemade potato gnocchi stuffed with asiago, four cheese sauce, crispy arugula and poppy seeds. Another chose the 48 hrs. Braised Short Rib, in Malta, 12 month Manchego cheese, risotto and smoked with malbec barrels. One friend selected the 8 Oz. Grilled Fillet Mignon with Tricolore medley potatoes, sautéed spinash and Marsala Bernaise sauce. Two ordered the Grilled Strip Loin, which came with butternut squash mash and sautéed asparagus. One of the guests not wanting those sides, was able to substitute mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach for an additional $3.00 charge. If you want to share a dish, the large serving of Lamb Parrillada is a good one. It brings grilled lamb chop, lamb t-bone and homemade lamb sauce, mint chimichurri and black garlic mashed potatoes.
This time some of the desserts we tried were the Grand Marnier Souffle with English Creme in which the shuffle rises as the server pours the cream. I shared the Marfil Apple Crepes Flambe with Mascarpone ice cream, something really different. Noteworthy of this group of six, all our meals were served at the same time, something many restaurants have trouble achieving. Overall everyone was quite pleased with their meals, no one had to return or complain about anything. The staff was on point throughout the visit.
Some in our party of six really love Marfil Bistro and have visited numerous times. While it’s not one of my very favorites, I do not regret any of my visits. Neither will you.
Marfil Bistro is located in a free standing building right across 36th Street from Doral City Place at 8347 NW 36th Street in Doral.
They are open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. on weekends. Closing hours are Sunday to Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. and Thursday to Saturdays till 12:00 a.m.
You can reserve a table at 305-960-7054 or check their website at marfilbistro.com