Chose this restaurant to celebrate Veteran's Day with my father, his wife and my husband. How do you celebrate with a WWII and Korean vet? Share a dinner at an excellent restaurant! Driving up to a hotel entrance is a bit unusual for a fine restaurant but the lobby of the Marriott Marquis is modern and elegant. The restaurant is located one the first floor, so entry was convenient and upon entering you forget you are in a hotel. There is a ultra modern chic lounge to the right. It was filled with well dressed professionals relaxing and enjoying some libations after a work day in downtown Miami's business district. The dining room we were seated in was tastefully decorated, fresh and modern. Now let's talk about the important restaurant features, the food and service. Our waiter was well versed on the daily specials and made each one sound better than the previous. We started the evening with a tuna tartare prepared table side. The Indian spices added the perfect flavor splash to the tuna (not to mention the quail egg that topped the dish). The Escargots Persillade (wild Burgandy snails) were also a hit. Several of us had the maple glazed duck. Perfectly cooked moist and not overly sweet. Presentation was beautiful. My husband enjoyed the tasting of suckling pig that took him back to memories of Segovia. The pork dish had sucking pig cooked various ways and each was unique and tasty. My father's wife chose stone crabs (unusual selection in a French restaurant - but when in Miami and in the beginning of the stone crab season - who can blame her for the urge) they were amazingly fresh and flavorful, served with two lovely sauces. You guessed it, I tried some of them. The dinner ended with a lovely dessert presentation (plate had Happy Veteran's Day written in chocolate. We chose one dessert to share. The Caramel Apple Confit was amazing. It was served with green apple sorbet in a puff pastry. Regrets for this restaurant choice? None. I recommend this upscale (not at all pretentious) restaurant for any occasion.
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