Maison Gourmet's culinary artists channel French cooking techniques to craft cuisine cataloged on an extensive menu. Saturday and Sunday brunch rewards early-rising appetites with delectables such as Maison's omelet stuffed with ham, mushrooms, and swiss cheese ($7). Limber chomping muscles with sweet and savory crêpes, or munch on meal-prefacing portions of ham and cheese croissants ($3.95). A glass of Cotes de Rhone red wine from France pairs well with escargots en persillade ($10.95)—snails under a blanket of garlic-parsley sauce—and hearty helpings of beef bourguignon ($15.95) erase hunger pangs faster than the speed of light: 28 mph. Postmeal cool downs begin with crème brûlée, rich custard cream cloaked in a layer of crispy, warm caramel that sneaks into mouths to goose unsuspecting sweet teeth ($6.95).
Le Café Bistro treats Francophile tastes with classic French dishes served in an eclectic, cozy atmosphere. Diners can choose from a slew of starters populating the varied bistro menu. Begin with authentic escargot ($7), or savor the french onion soup topped with a baked cheese-and-bread beret ($5). Classics, such as croque-monsieur sandwiches ($7), rib-eye steak with crispy frites ($15), and succulent braised-beef bourguignon served with mashed potatoes and rice ($14), give this spot a je ne sais quoi that's particularly difficult to describe. Crack through the caramelized sugar crust of a vanilla-bean crème brûlée ($5) while sipping a beverage from the drink menu, which touts various wines, beer options, and Segafredo coffee and tea.
Upscale European Cafe French Bistro Restaurant and Pastry Shop with WiFi and white sofas to relax and have a drink. Modern atmosphere, elegant, charming & intimate place for dining with soft French background music. French, Italian & International Gourmet Cuisine. Large selection of delicious European and French pastries,
With the deft hands of a veteran baker, Vincent Benoliel keenly measures almonds, eggs, and sugar, because accuracy is essential when making macarons. The ephemeral sweets come in a rainbow of colors and might taste of chocolate, rose petal, or lemon, but every single one has that je ne sais quoi of a macaron made by a native Frenchman. Vincent grew up in France's ubiquitous restaurant industry, ascending to the rank of sous chef in a Parisian brasserie when he was only 18. In 2005, he brought the richness of French cuisine to South Florida by importing the Eiffel Tower in 3-pound chunks and by opening Le Boudoir in Miami. His handiwork includes delicacies such as escargot, steak tartare, and fresh pastries.
The air has cooled by the time diners stroll onto La Goulue's palm-tree-shaded terrace, their arms laden with shopping bags from the surrounding boutiques and fine jewelers of the chic Bal Harbor Shops. Waiters dart forward, jotting down orders for French wines and sparkling champagnes before heading into the breezy dining room. They sweep past pristine white cloth tables and elegant brown leather banquets before relaying orders to the bartenders behind the 20-foot imported pewter bar.
Tucked away in the kitchen of this bright Parisian bistro, chef Jean Pierre Petit is hard at work. He folds organic produce, premium meats, and fresh fish into traditional French dishes, from buttery escargot to pan-fried trout amandine to homemade duck confit. The skilled chef whips a parmesan and gruyere soufflé that was praised on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate for it's "light-as-air texture." For dessert, he drizzles crepes in lavish toppings of dulce de leche, Grand Marnier, and liquefied unicorn horns.
Recently reopened and revamped, Lemon Twist showcases a bistro-style menu designed by French-trained chef Franck Hierholzer. Subtly elegant décor is adorned with lace curtains and garnet walls, offering a comfortable, mind-soothing backdrop for first dates and pre flu-shot noshing. Begin with a bowl of soupe a l’oignon (onion soup, $7.50) or escargots de bourgogne (snails in Burgundy sauce, $9.50) before migrating your mouth to a savory entree such as moules frites marinieres (mussels in butter and white wine broth, $18.50) or entrecote grillee frites (grilled rib-eye steak, $23.50). Bronzed crème brûlée ($7.50) helps chompers cool down after spirited feasts.
Inside Rouge, silent movies projected on the wall enhance the quietly romantic atmosphere as patrons dine on primarily French dishes, along with traditional Moroccan-style stews. Steak tartare or bouillabaisse—a fish soup popular in southern France—pair with french, spanish, or italian wines from the expansive wine list. The overall dining experience transcends Miami, as french, spanish, or middle eastern music plays in the background.