Some call it SoFi, others say it's the muted response to the chaos on the northern half of Miami Beach, but no matter how it's named, the area south of Fifth certainly feels luxurious. Right on the tip of the city and with views to die for, now there is a reason besides lush scenery to venture, well, south of the Fifth Street border. Opening next Wednesday (which means this is a sneak peek!) La Gloutonnerie is not just a new French bistro, but it's cuisine from Français via Mexico City, of all places. In fact, the French flavors here have a very particular twist, combining the Gallic taste for a touch of Mediterranean with a cozy Mexican vibe. Think fine dining, but with a casual, breezy interior.
Fans of rich French delicacies will be thrilled: The menu includes items lobster risotto cinque terre, steak tartare, rich beef cheek stew, and dozens and dozens of wines (hence the "glutton" in the resto's title). In fact, fans of La Gloutonnerie are encouraged to take the experience home with an in-house market teeming with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and caviar — meaning patrons can leave with their favorite decadent nibbles.
When it comes to your ensemble, Instead of going all Marie Antoinette, bring a little Left Bank to the point of South Beach. A breathable, bright blazer over a clean and summery white keeps things super smart and ultra chic. Show of your mid-May tan in some adorable and femme tap shorts, but make sure to keep the material luxe so it doesn't look like you're wearing an undergarment. And, while you might be dining in the more refined SoFi, you are still in South Beach: Add a punch of bright aqua to tell the world of your joie de vivre.
La Gloutonnerie, 81 Washington Avenue (at Commerce Street); 305-503-3811.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tara, Ink.