By Mitchell Nover
La Petite Maison (1300 Brickell Bay Dr, Miami) has brought a little bit of the panache of the French Riviera to Brickell. Originally hailing from Nice (with additional locations in London, Dubai, and Istanbul), La Petite Maison Miami is the first United States location for the brand, known for its cross section of French Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences where ingredient-forward dishes are clean and void of richness. The ambiance is casual, charming and European, and decidedly upscale while still maintaining a level of comfort and approachability.
Menu highlights: The cuisine at La Petite Maison is Niçcoise style: light, fresh, and ingredient-forward. All of those characteristics were very present, and very delicious, when it came to French comfort classics like Escargots in fresh herbs and garlic butter, Ratatouille et Feta, Grilled Lamb Cutlets with Smoked Aubergine, and Tarte Fine (aka thin crust apple tart) with vanilla ice cream.
It should be noted that while La Petite Maison’s menu might be simple and straightforward, it is by no means boring. From fantastic flavor combinations to artistic plating, presentation, and service, the food speaks for itself – no tricks, no gimmicks.
Standout dish: However, the true standout of the night was the Whole Turbot. Simply cooked and dressed (with butter, lemon, and olive oil), this quintessential Mediterranean fish was perfectly light and flakey, yet somehow rich and meaty and supremely fulfilling.
Are we boozing? Mais oui! La Petite Maison has an extensive (and expensive) wine and Champagne list, as you might expect. But it also has fancy classic cocktails with a French twist, like the French 75 (gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar) and Peach Mule (Moscow Mule with a peach infusion), which is what I decided to try.
Check this place out if you like: any of Arjun Waney’s other celebrated brands, of which Miami now has four (including La Petite Maison): Zuma, Coya, and DÔA. While they all have wildly different concepts, you can expect the same quality and attention to detail across all of them.
Mitch’s take: A great option for a special dinner or celebration (think: date night, birthday, anniversary, or just a fancy night out), La Petite Maison hits all the right notes in grand fashion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not over-the-top or grandiose, but La Petite Maison does leave a big impression – nothing small about it.