January 29, 2013

Dinner at Villa Azur Miami Beach

Villa Azur, Miami Beach

The stunning Villa Azur Miami Beach is a magnet for the equally stunning Miami Beach nightlife crowd. Weekend kickoff happens on Thursday nights with a DJ and just about everyone in the Miami Beach jetsetting crowd, without a doubt the place to be seen. Life is a bit more mellow at Villa Azur during the early part of week, I guess you could say it’s where those who meet on Thursday go for dinner on Tuesday.

Villa Azur, Miami Beach

The self-described menu is French Mediterranean with an Italian twist. The raw bar/shellfish selection is quite amorous to the senses. We ordered Kumamoto oysters and Lanson pink label Brut Rose. I really could have called it a night at this point, it was quite the pairing, if I do say so myself.

Villa Azur, Miami Beach

Villa Azur, Miami Beach

The “Raw Bar”  as a starter is quite the example of the pomp and circumstance for the rest of the meal; everything at Villa Azur is big and showy. (Insider tip: Ladies, if you meet someone on Thursday at Villa Azur make sure he takes you to dinner on Monday, right back to VA)

Some people eat for sustenance and others eat for the sheer enjoyment of it; should you fall into the previous category, sustenance and maintenance can be rather synonymous in this case. At Villa Azur, the Beef Tartar and an order from the Raw Bar section of the menu with ample pours from the big boys, such as Lanson, Laurent, Krug, and Dom should suffice.

Villa Azur, Beef Tartar “au couteau” with pesto and parmesan topped with quail egg

Villa Azur believes in tableside presentations such as the grand display of Le Villa Azur

Le Villa Azur

And the deboning performance of the the Dover Sole, a rather striking fete for those with the need to impress with finesse.

Dover Sole, Villa Azur Miami Beach

And as luck would have it, Villa Azur has something for everyone, so if you’re a bit more staid in your public personality there is the tableside service of Villa Azur-style Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse, Villa Azur Miami Beach

And should you “do” desserts in the land of the bikini-beautiful, the lemon tart is the way to go. Not quite the “tart” look I expected but quite tartfully pleasing on the palate, then again, it plays to the atmosphere at Villa Azur Miami Beach.

Lemon Tart, Villa Azur Miami Beach

Villa Azur, Miami Beach

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One Comment

  1. Kate

    This is too funny, I was just reading about Villa Azur on another site, and it sounded amazing. With this second review, now I really have to make a visit there.

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