Cafe Des Arts trots around the Mediterranean

The Who: The French colonization of SoFi continues with this model-friendly spot, from the original owners of Bâoli in Cannes, France.

The Space: The former La Terrasse still sports a small but classy dining room decked out in marble-topped tables, black-and-white photographs of French ingénues and a swanky communal table for private dining. Outdoors offers plenty of patio seating across from Joe’s Stone Crab. Tables are outfitted with linens and flowers, and the vibe is date-friendly.

The Dishes: French-Mediterranean. Prices skew to the jetset crowd, with starters averaging $14 and mains in the $30-range. A generous list of $8 house wines by the glass is a refreshing change (though we’d like to see vintages, please). Fresh bread service gets things started with cheesy gougère and ciabatta rolls.

A crab and avocado tower is a light starter, as is tuna tartare and a dish of artichoke carpaccio. Foie gras terrine is there for Francophiles, as is roasted duck and a bavette cut of steak. Otherwise, the menu trots around the Mediterranean with five types of linguine (including lobster, shrimp and scallop), roasted lamb chops and a wagyu rib eye. A special black truffle section of the menu offers the pricey fungi over risotto, scrambled eggs, pizza and rigatoni pasta. White cod poached in coconut milk with ginger and caramelized pineapple was more Asian than French but is already a popular dish at the restaurant’s Monday night supper party.

Desserts include the usual suspects of crème brûlée, chocolate mousse and lemon tart.

The Bottom Line: The terrace here is inviting and makes for a swanky spot to sup on elegant French classics.

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