The Who: New York restaurateurs Reststar Hospitality Group have opened a Miami outpost of their popular French chain (the original Bistro Cassis is in NYC’s Upper West Side). Lorraine, France-born chef Cyrille Bolle heads up the kitchen.
The Space: Located along midtown’s hectic restaurant row, the bistro does its best to conjure a leisurely spot in Paris with all the usual trimmings: chalkboard menus, antique framed mirrors, checkered floors and cushy red banquettes. Large photo murals of the Paris Metro, taken by partner Eric Machado, decorate the white subway tile walls. Even the bar is imported from France.
The Dishes: Straightforward bistro classics. Prices are reasonable with starters $10-$17 and mains $19-$36.
Start things off with crusty French baguette slices and plates of escargots, onion soup gratinée or a small-but-mighty jar of foie gras terrine with apple compote.
Mains include steak frites; Alsatian-inspired poulet composed of roasted chicken breast, smoked bacon and seasoned kale; a massive pistachio-crusted rack of lamb with wild mushroom risotto; and a saumon róti basilique that encases the fish in a basil-pine nut crust.
Desserts run the gamut from traditional crème brûlée to a molten chocolate cake.
The Bottom Line: More bourgeois than bohemian, this spot specializes in familiar hits from the French bistro canon.