Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge
Looking for an experience and not just dinner out? Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge in Cocoa Village offers just that with delicious food and tasty sangria.
Tapas are a unique experience and Sublime’s interpretation of the Spanish small plates are great as appetizers or to share numerous plates with friends.
Sublime’s chef, Michael Perez, who moved here from Orlando by way of Miami, developed a menu of hot and cold tapas, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees that will satisfy any appetite.
From Spanish style tapas to pasta and steak main courses, the chef’s upbringing in Miami is evident in the food that is on the menu. The empanadas are his grandmother’s recipe and the chimichurri sauce in the chimichurri chicken with vegetables is also a family recipe that he developed to be one of several gluten-free options on the menu. The marinated grilled chicken breast includes pan-roasted vegetables and the Argentinean inspired sauce is wonderfully made with fresh herbs and garlic.
“I wanted to put food on the table for guests that I had growing up,” Michael Perez said. He’s also influenced by trends he sees in other markets and creates versions he’d like to eat.
Popular choices for tapas include sublime eggrolls stuffed with cilantro rice, chicken, grilled red and yellow peppers and soy sauce wrapped in a crispy wonton and served with fresh cilantro crema. The bruschetta flatbread is a twist on an Italian classic with fresh bruschetta on homemade flatbread with mozzarella and balsamic glaze. The homemade empanadas, pastries stuffed with a choice of three fillings, please a more traditional palate.
A recent revision of the menu includes several highlights for entrees like a bad a** hash served with red bliss potatoes, peppers, onions and seared rib eye tips topped with a fried egg. The poblano stuffed pepper is stuffed with chicken, rice, roasted corn and bacon. Topped with house made cilantro crema. Another popular choice is the sublime glazed chicken and rice that is topped with fresh roasted tomato salsa and served with their signature lime cilantro rice.
The latest menu also includes juicy burgers stuffed with crisp bacon and cheddar cheese and pan fried catfish, a flavorful and fiery dish.
The eight different varieties of sangria that are available might create a dilemma in selecting just one, but flights of three mini sangrias offer a variety of tastes. Specialties like the summertime sangria with chardonnay and pureed mangos are refreshing on a warm day. Craft beers and a selection of $7 martinis are also available.
The entertainment at Sublime is as noteworthy as the food that is presented. Jazz is a stronghold in the lounge; local musicians’ music is always playing and live jazz music is performed by local artists on Fridays and Saturdays. Tony Wynn is a regular guest as well as Cameron Brown. Special events such as beer and wine tastings and themed events are regularly hosted, too
Whether you stop for a lunch or dinner, the prices are reasonable, servers are attentive and helpful and the atmosphere can be described as well, sublime.
114 Harrison Street, Cocoa
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.