Besides having the amazing South Pointe Park right by my house…I am fortunate enough to have some of Miami Beach’s best restaurants within blocks of my home…
And so is the story of my newest neighbor, La Gloutonnerie. Truth be told, when I first heard that a fancy French place was coming in to the spot that used to house another fancy French place (Au Pied de Cochon), I was less than thrilled. I figured if the first concept didn’t work why would this one?
But curiosity got the best of me and I took my friend with me for dinner to check it out. Well, I can tell you that I absolutely loved the restaurant…so much so that just a couple days later I asked the hubby to take me there again for our “Date night”…so here is where my review begins:
Nestled behind this arch and plenty of palm trees sits what I like to call a “diamond in the rough”…but believe me, there is nothing rough about this place…but in a sea of glitzy venues, La Gloutonnerie is a bit out of place…and that is one of the things I love most about this place. It doesn’t have Prime in its name, it didn’t come to Miami with a big fancy following from the Big Apple and they certainly aren’t related to Joe and his stone crabs. But what it does have and what it brings to the block is fresh, delectable, outstanding food combined with impeccable service. Even their cocktail list is amazing and if I hadn’t been in a mood for something else, I totally would have opted for their Blackberry Margarita.
The wine list was jokingly referred as “the Bible”…and if you’re a wine worshipper like I am, you will definitely agree. Each wine region is properly displayed and well priced. We didn’t require the sommelier’s help but I did hear him speak to the table behind us and he sounded knowledgeable and not pushy (major brownie points in my book)
Our dinner started with a light and crisp glass of Prosecco…and at just $7.00 a glass, it’s a steal (I have been known to pay more than double for Prosecco). It is a fabulous way to begin your time here.
The restaurant itself feels retro, modern, clean, chic, cozy and comfortable…and I know you must be thinking “could she use any more adjectives?” and the answer is yes!…but I have refrained ;) Seriously speaking, this place is fine dining done right. The music is at the perfect volume and reminiscent of Buddha Bar and Café del Mar…it’s soft yet trendy. The colors are muted and the only accents on the walls are stunning black and white photographs. They have a full bar with a flat screen tv…so if you can’t miss that big game, come and enjoy good company (bartenders are super friendly), great food and don’t miss a point/foul/score. They also have a beautiful glass case displaying their fresh seafood, prepackaged delicatessens and tons of delicious cheese…all of which can be wrapped up and packed for you to take home.
Okay, now for the main act…the food. First off, they bring you a “screw your diet” bread basket that is to die for…warm breads made in house…a raisin bread, cheese bread and a classic French mini-baguette…these are hard to resists. I tried….and I failed, but even now I think the calories were worth it.
Since this was my second time around, I wanted to try something new and I convinced my hubby to not order the Burrata salad (which I highly recommend) and order the Coquille Saint Jacques made with lobster and scallops…served in the actual scallops’ shell…these were AH-Mazing!!
We ordered two glasses of a delicious Rioja and waited eagerly for our next course to arrive…at this point, my hubby was hooked (and we’d only had bread and apps!)
Okay…here.we.go…As much as I wanted to try something new, I caved and ordered what I had had the previous visit…a light Turbot serve with a cream sauce and tomatoes that tasted like they were picked just minutes before they landed on your plate. This plate is totally big enough to share…and honestly, I wish I had…it’s a lot of meal for one.
As for my hubby…he kind of went with the “go big or go home” choice and opted for the filet mignon topped with a sizeable serving of fois gras, served with a red wine reduction sauce and the thickest “fries” I’ve ever seen…This plate is no joke. It could easily feed two people or in my case, one Ivo.
And lastly…we did as the name of the restaurants suggests…we turned ourselves into gluttons and totally ordered dessert…and not just any dessert. We ordered the chocolate soufflé served with a warm cream sauce…and it’s big enough for you, your partner, your cousins and your friends…it’s enormous! But we’re not the types to let something like that go to waste…so we ate half of it (oink! oink!) and loved every second of it. Another homerun…words can’t describe what a great way this was to end the meal.
After we paid and rolled out of there, we were waved off by the elegant hostess staff, the professional maître’ d and the exceptional service staff…we felt like home. It’s a place where we know we’ll come back to time and time again and it’s not just for the food (which I feel is the best in Miami Beach)…it’s for the whole package.
We left with full stomachs, big smiles and one majorly heavy doggie bag ;) Walk, run and roll out to this much needed and appreciated addition to Miami Beach’s restaurant scene.
If you go…don’t be afraid (or too greedy) to share…trust me, you will end up ordering more than you can eat…so save yourself some calories (and cash) and opt to share the starter and for sure the dessert. As for the entrees, I believe that one is more than enough for two people, but that’s more of a personal choice. So, if you’re feeling hungry…go for it! But if you’re not that hungry, share a plate and feel guilt free when you order that dessert!
La Gloutonnerie is located on the corner of 1st Street and Washington Avenue in South Beach.
At this time, there seems to be plenty of room for dinner but if you’d like to call and make reservations…here is their number: (305) 503-3811
We heard they will be incorporating a Saturday and Sunday brunch soon…so keep posted and I’ll let you know if/when that happens and how it is (you know I’ll be going to that too!).
See you around…