La Petite Maison
1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305-403-9133, LPMLondon.co.uk/Miami
Arjun Waney, the international restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya, has unveiled a U.S. outpost of this French concept, joining branches in London and Dubai.
He acquired rights to expand the concept outside of France, enchanted by the original location in Nice near his summer home.
“The London location is similarly sized and styled as Nice,” operating partner Bob Ramchand says. “But Dubai and Miami are larger and have graduated to a grand salon in the style of the French Riviera.”
Signatures of the Nicoise cuisine, a cross section of French-Mediterranean with Italian influences, include sweet peppers in olive oil ($8.50), scallop carpaccio ($25), Nicoise salad ($28), whole sea bream baked en papillote ($35) and turbot with artichokes and chorizo ($38). Whole roasted chicken stuffed with foie gras should be pre-ordered the day before ($140).
Cheesecake with berry compote is popular for its lightness ($13.50), and the Tomatini cocktail blends vodka, tomatoes and white balsamic vinegar ($15).
Lunch and dinner are served daily, except Sundays, amid an airy, elegant ambiance with light-green leather banquettes, a wall of whitewashed wooden shutters, abundant framed artwork and an open kitchen with copper accents. White umbrellas shade the patio with bistro chairs beside the sidewalk.
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