This wonderful French oasis is located Inside the Cadet hotel. (Which was 337 feet from the Delano where we were staying according to my GPS)
We had a one block walk to this quaint restaurant. We were asked to wait in the hotel lobby until the hostess greeted us. We were greeted by Sylvia, a lovely French woman who also ended up being our server.
We were seated at a wonderful opulent private table, large chairs with comfortable cushions (almost royal like).
The restaurant on the night we were there was not full due to the Winter Music Conference in Miami. I guess raving young people don't appreciate fine dining food with a French flair?
We however loved it. Sylvia was engaging and personable, and really guided us thought the menu step by step. Making honest recommendations, leaning me toward items I would have never considered ordering.
We felt like we were in Europe in someone's home, the way we were welcomed and appreciated for dining there. This is so a-typical for Miami, a city with auto-gratuity and horrible service a common place.
One example of Sylvia's reccomendations was the vegetable tart. Such an unusual dish, but so fresh, light and refreshing. My wife had the homade lobster ravioli, which was also extremely light and not overly filling. The lobster was fresh and succulent.
Entree wise we had sea bass which was juicy and cooked perfectly as well as the duck confeit. I loved my sea bass, my wife thought the duck was tasty but didn't have the "wow factor" we expected.
Dessert wise we enjoyed the chocolate lava cake and some espressos.
The meal came to $270 for the two of us with 2 glasses of wine and 2 glasses of champagne, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, one dessert and 2 espressos.
The wine was roughly $20 a glass, but was paired nicely by the Matre D with our food. Certainly wines that we have never heard of, but it's nice to be brought out of our comfort zones and trust the expertise of someone who knows more about wine than we do.
We will certainly return to this wonderful French oasis in the future!
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