Chef Daniel Boulud’s French-American Bistro
For a truly exceptional culinary experience, db Bistro Moderne in downtown Miami is the place to go. db Bistro Moderne is Internationally recognized Chef Daniel Boulud’s modern French-American Bistro offering an exciting mix of traditional French Cuisine melding with the flavors of the American market. It’s a contemporary interpretation of the Parisian bistro: a seasonal menu highlighting the quality of fine ingredients served in a casual setting. db Bistro Moderne features easy-going, convivial and delicious dining with a Miami-chic atmosphere. Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant shares the energy and style of its renowned Manhattan counterpart db Bistro Moderne, while tailoring it to the rhythm of Miami lifestyle. In addition to a welcoming dining room with striking contemporary design and soaring 16-foot ceilings, db Bistro also includes a stylish bar and lounge, a street level terrace overlooking the Miami River and two private dining rooms. With first class service and phenomenal food, db Bistro offers more than you can imagine.We began our French gourmet adventure with a bountiful Seafood Plateau displayed magnificently which included oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, crab, ceviche, house smoked salmon, King Crab and lobster along with a variety of sauces. The Assiette Lyonnaise, an assortment of house-made charcuterie offered something for everyone while the warm Alsatian Tarte Flambée layered fromage blanc, onions, bacon and mushrooms. Florida Key Shrimp Al Ajillo is a perfect blend of Rock Shrimp, lemon and garlic. The Lobster salad created with tossed mesculun greens with avocado, hearts of palm, haricot verts, green beans, and watermelon, was a meal in itself. Every plate is a work of art and the Yellowtail Crudo with smoked avocado, oroblanco and caviar was a party in our mouths. Don’t miss the classical Guinea Hen Terrine, served with violet mustard, spring greens, and foie gras as well as the the Escargots Persillade with wild Burgundy snails, almond, parsley, and potato croquettes was simply irresistible.
The Gulf Coast Black Grouper “Paupiette,” served with leek fondue, pomme purée and sauce Meurette was delectable as was the Dover Sole A La Francaise, which was made with English peas, romaine and lardons. Steak Frites accompanied a perfectly grilled rib eye steak, creamed spinach and pommes pont-neuf while the Veal Blanquette with fingerling potato, spring onion and hen of the woods mushrooms was savory. The Coq Au Vin, wine braised chicken, mushrooms, bacon and spatzle was flavorful. The piece de resistance…the the Original db Burger combining ground sirloin filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle, on a Parmesan Bun was phenomenal.
For a sweet ending we devoured the decadent Crunchy Chocolate Bar layered with caramel/praline glaze, brownie, candied hazelnuts and toasted marshmallow ice cream An order of warm Madeleines, irresistible mini sponge cakes, is enough to share as well as the assortment of delectable Bonbons and Macaroons. Chocolate lovers don’t miss the rich Bourbon Chocolate Fondant with caramel sauce, chocolate tuile and coffee ice cream. Crispy Apple Confit, served with grape coulis, Calvados poached apple, pecans and brown butter/smoked cinnamon ice cream was simply perfect.
In a class by themselves, db Bistro Moderne offers the best of the best… Located in the beautiful 5 star JW Marriott Marquis at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, db Bistro Moderne is open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended by calling 305-421-8800. Bon Appétit…
By: Marla Lazarus