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.
By Santi Cardona
When I first heard of Paris 6 (2200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach), I didn’t know what to exactly make of it. A French-Brazilian 24-hour “diner” on South Beach serving refined food and cocktails in a luxurious setting? I had to go check it out. Paris 6 is an international concept with locations in Brazil that gains inspiration from Parisian bistros and brasseries. Walking in, it’s hard to not be impressed with the presentation of the restaurant. Dim lighting, vivid portraits, an ornate bar, chandeliers, and tufted red banquets come together to leave you slightly in awe of the beauty of the place. At first glance, the somewhat large menu was slightly intimidating. With over 100 items, it was hard to make a decision on what to sample, but overall we were pleasantly surprised with the flavors and overall presentation of the food.
By Melanie Galarce
We’ve been on a total French kick over at MMTM headquarters the last few weeks and we can’t help but feel nostalgic given the recent events in Nice. I still vouch that the best meal I’ve ever had in my life was in the South of France, so this place has a very special place in my heart. There’s something healing about food and its power to bring people together, so this week we once again pay homage to French cuisine. However, unlike the glitz and splendor of Bal Harbour and Le Zoo, today we highlight Café Bastille – a small, family owned spot that’s been around Downtown long before the high-rise buildings started to take over Miami’s skyline.
Johana Faraldo, Executive Chef, Downtown Bistro
Johana Faraldo’s passion for food comes from her grandmother and from an early age she helped her family to prepare all kinds of different meals for big dinner parties. So, little by little, Johana grew in the industry and is now an extremely reliable and passionate chef. While she has experience in French, Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, Asian and Latin cuisines, the most important ingredients she puts into all of her dishes are love and passion.