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264 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The décor is eclectic and girly, with patterned wallpaper illuminated by white ovoid lamps. It doesn't look like the sort of Parisian bistro where Hemingway would hang out (although it did qualify as Best Restaurant for Intimate Conversation in 2010). And the food isn't straightforwardly French bistro either. But chef/owner Elida Villarroel served apprenticeships in the kitchens of one-Michelin-star L'Alexandrin, two-Michelin-star Pierre Orsi, and three-Michelin-star Michel Bras. So while Charlotte Bistro isn't a French bistro in the traditional sense of the word, the menu is long-simmered in French technique. Onion soup is fragrant with fresh thyme; a coarse, bacon-wrapped pheasant terrine is paired with pear slices in cardamom butter; and lamb chops are marinated with thyme and nutmeg, and sauced in lamb jus with a hint of truffle oil. It's French fare through the creative prism of a Venezuelan chef, and it's delicious.
Source: Miami New Times
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