Once upon a time, in a magic city where sunshine abounds, and star-studded celebrities roam the streets, a little girl (well maybe not so little) entered through a set of majestic french doors and stepped into an enchanted French-Mediterranean fairytale with an Italian twist; luxuriously set in a Miami Beach version of the Cote d'Azur...
And cut! This is exactly how I felt when I began my most recent adventure at Villa Azur, located at 309 23rd Street in Miami Beach. Villa Azur is a chic, elegant new restaurant in South Beach that perfectly combines the ambiance of an enchanted garden with the energy of a vibrant, modern hotspot. The first thing anyone notices upon stepping inside Villa Azur is the romantic décor and unique style that permeates throughout the entire space. From a contrasting mix of antique woods and chandeliers accentuating modern, contemporary furniture, to large eclectic paintings on easels welcoming the guests as they make their way into the sophisticated space, Villa Azur's style is unique. But what totally took my breath away was the jaw-dropping garden terrace outside. White leather couches sat among potted plants decorated with lights, while swaying white drapes romantically framed the setting. Beautiful!
|Two words to describe the courtyard: Wow factor!|
There is an impressive team at the helm of Villa Azur. It is owned by three well-known names in the industry: French night-life guru Michael Martin, restaurateur Jean Phillipe Bernard, and renowned actor Olivier Martinez, who is actress Halle Berry's fiance. The tantalizing cuisine is prepared by Executive Chef Romain Bester, who brings over 15 years of culinary experience to Villa Azur, along with a passion for French and international cuisine, and Executive Pastry Chef Sebastien Feneyrol, who adds a decadent sweet side to the mix. He worked under three-star Michelin chef Anne-Sophie Pic who owns Maison Pic in Valence, France and was named the 2011 "World's Best Female Chef".
|Stuffed Burrata with Truffle|
|Steamed Sea Bass|
|Macaroni with Truffles|
|Lemon Meringue Pie|
|Homemade Nutella Mousse|
A trip to Villa Azur in Miami Beach will feel like a quick drive to the French Riviera. It was an upscale, memorable experience that I highly recommend if you want to impress that special someone in your life. For more information, you can call them at 305-763-8688 or visit them online at http://www.villaazurmiami.com/index.html.