I recently began writing restaurant reviews for SFG Magazine and chose The Villa by Barton G., located at 1116 Ocean Drive, as my feature for the March/April issue. Already a fan of both Barton G. on South Beach and Prelude in the Adrienne Arscht Center, I was ecstatic to be visiting this elegant, spellbinding place and indulging in their impressive cuisine. Having gone through a metamorphosis, the Villa was rebranded in 2010 by restaurateur Barton G. Weiss as an upscale boutique hotel, event space and luxurious restaurant.
Crossing the gates, we were led to some couches outside the mansion, to wait to be taken inside. Just sitting there, admiring the surroundings, was a precursor to the opulence we would find within its walls. The anticipation grew as we entered into the breathtaking courtyard. To the left, was the lavish Dining Room; the place where Versace had his own dining room and is now the Villa's restaurant. Completely covered in pebbled mosaicked walls and marble floors, the lingering impression it provides its guests is one of awe.
|Truffled Asparagus Salad|
|Duck Confit Crepe A L'Orange|
|Flash Marinated Snapper Ceviche|
|Vodka Cured Salmon|
|Breaded Crusted Diver Scallop &|
Anise Glazed Veal Cheek
A meal like this is not complete without a sweet surrender and that is exactly what we did. We ended the gastronomic part of the evening with two fabulous desserts. The first was the Chocolate-Praline Mousseline, a decadent layered temptation of valrhona ganache, hazelnut mousse and salted caramel. My heart skipped a beat from the moment I saw its beautiful presentation in the delicate tea cup. The Key Lime Fantasy was just as divine, uniting Chantilly and salted graham with sweet lime custard. A perfect ending to a perfect meal.
|Key Lime Fantasy|
|Sitting Area of Donatella Suite|
|Opulence and Splendor at its finest|
|Don't mind if I do...|