Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami New Times' Description
Villa Azur is lovely. The indoor area, which encompasses a bar and lounge alongside the dining room, mimics the sleek, sumptuous, yet relaxed style of caf&eactue;s on the Côte d'Azur -- wood plank floors, bookshelves, chandeliers, and fireplaces -- but with the addition of a DJ booth. French doors open to a leafy, lushly landscaped courtyard patio. The menu of executive chef Mickael Bensa, a native of Nice, concentrates mostly on Mediterranean territory, with occasional forays into other parts of France and Italy. The fare is fresh and prepared in a competent fashion, but nothing stands out. One uninspired dish followed another to the table like a string of second-tier stars strutting the red carpet during an off year at the Oscars. Appetizers include burratina cheese with grape tomatoes and basil, artichokes with cherry tomatoes and Reggiano shavings, and hand-minced beef tartare accompanied by quail egg. A full raw bar's worth of sea-culled delicacies is proffered -- oysters, clams, langoustines, lobster -- along with Petrossian caviar in all its glorious forms (with blini and accompaniments). They are more or less obligatory offerings for the jet-set clientele Villa Azur seeks. Steaks come adorned with morel mushrooms, Dover sole is served à la meunière, and prices are high. If they're too high for your budget, consider Villa Azur an ideal venue for spending a leisurely cocktail hour. The list of elixirs is long and temptingly touts inventive mixes. Sharing a Chardonnay in the garden would be quite romantic. There are myriad bottles to choose from at the on-site wine market, Cave D'Azur, though markups are higher than the blood pressure of middle-aged men on a Saint-Tropez beach.
Tips from foursquare
Unless you speak French, you won't be able to pronounce Mignon de Veau Farcis aux Artichauts. But you'll enjoy the dish of veal filet mignon stuffed w/ artichokes, confit tomatoes & scamorza anyway.
Plenty of serious indulgences, like veal filet mignon, lobster risotto, caviar, foie gras, macarons and a 200-bottle Cave d'Azur wine cellar.
Oh my goodness!!!! This place is absolutely amazing!!!! The decor is beyond gorgeous, food is a truly delightful culinary escape.
Summer BBQ Sunday May 5th from 6.30pm at Villa Azur celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Tequila Surprises & special Treats from the grill with 50% off selected wines. Call 305 763 8688 to book your table!
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