after a bad meal and service at villa azur we were trying to find a nice restaurant. quiet, outdoors
and a different type of meal than we have had in south beach.
looking to walk close by to hotel as well.
we found pied a terre on open table and thought what the hell we can always leave. we did not leave.located in the cadet hotel we sat outside on the terrace at a table with linens not cotton and the table plates with the logo and and a life guard stand. you have to see them. one of our best meals. patrick was a gentleman and is one of the few people who know how to serve gin in a warm place.
i had the fois gras my wife the blue crab soup with parings of wine. excellent . the foie gras was wrapped as a bon bon with potato strings. mouth watering. ( eat it slow). the soup had ginger and crab which had a nice balance of flavor. all the while the staff was attentive and knowledgeable.
next came the the risotto which was not creamy with lobster in the shell. very flavorful and just the right amount with punches of morels. my wife had the peruvian sea beas in a nice sauce. susan had wine i went back to gin . pied a terre serves two not typical brands. one botanical the other with a nice depth and just a punch of taste. we recommend the macaron . we both do not like banana but this was marmalade in the center which was a nice after dinner sweetener .
in brief. ambiance was a little bit of south beach and a little bit of france. next time we will try the table by the pool. staff, formal (after 4 days i had enough of servers in high tops and black outfits serving expensive food)yet there was a casual attitude. food excellent and we both both priced right ( again after 4 nights of expensive mediocre food pied a terre was a bargain ) and nice portions.patrick knew his stuff without being pretentious. WE RECOMMEND HIGHLY GOING TO PIED A TERRE. we found a gem and will be back.
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