If you've missed cafe van dyke, cafe roval is even nicer
cafe Roval, tucked away behind Biscayne Boulevard on 58th Street, is somewhere that I hope people will love as much as I loved the pear pasta at the now-chuttered Cafe Van Dyke.
When I first started dating my now-husband, we would go to Van Dyke and split the pear pasta, a fiochetti pasta, small pouches filled with cheese and pear filling, and then go to the movies to see whatever was playing. I've been mourning the closing of Van Dykes and to throw salt on the wound a Lululemon opened in the space.
Cafe Roval, by Mark Soyka, the same brain behind Van Dyke, has all the charm of Van Dyke, plus a sprawling outdoor garden with a pond in the middle and outdoor dining areas scattered throughout the tropical garden accessories with Buddhas and a tiki hut. The menu, and I hate to say this, serves even more of what I want to eat right now - I used to be able to order the pear pasta all the time, when I was nineteen and had never used the word "metabolism," now, the menu at Cafe Roval, including oysters, tuna crudo, watermelon gazpacho, scallops, is way more my speed. Oh, and there's a section of the menu called "This Week in Cheese." Like I said, this place is totally my speed.
While there's no movie theater in walking distance, but Cafe Roval is like Van Dyke grew up with me.