Known for its picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and sunset vistas, La Côte, the chic, two-level, French Mediterranean restaurant at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Always abuzz, the restaurant is a destination as much for its food as its beautiful scenery. It is the proximity to the ocean to La Côte that has inspired chef de cuisine Christina Coupet’s refined new lunch and dinner menus.
Still very much Mediterranean inspired, but with an elegant French Riviera twist, the new dinner menu features Starters such as Steamed Mussels & Clams with pancetta, fresh herbs and spiced citrus broth as well as the Seafood Platter – an array of king crab legs, oysters, chilled prawns, cherrystone clams, and tuna escabeche. Appetizer and Salad options include Foie Gras with poached pears and carrot foam; Octopus Confit Salad with citrus dressing, fennel, watermelon and Escargot with baby Portobello, brie and garlic sauce. Let me tell you, the chef isn’t messing around with the escargot. The sauce is so luxuriously rich, we immediately dunked our crusty baguettes in to absorb the buttery sauce. Pasta dishes include Fava Bean Agnolotti featuring fontina cheese and celery root puree and Pappardelle with short rib ragu and pecorino Romano cheese. The agnolotti was perfectly al dente, with a light, Spring-esque pea green filling. Rounding out the menu are Full Plate options such as Butter Poached Lobster Tail with leeks, pommes maxim, and red beet essence; Pan Roasted Striped Bass in artichoke puree and parsley oil; and Grilled Whole Turbot Filet accompanied by grilled fennel and oregano vinaigrette.
New additions to the lunch menu include starters such as the Conch Ceviche in a citrus marinade topped with crisp plantains; Chicken Wings with coriander, pepper and tzatziki; and Tuna Escabeche prepared with peppers, jalapeños, lemon and olive oil. I tried the tuna escabeche and really loved the contrast of tender, citrus-marinated tuna, crunchy, mild diced peppers and the slight kick from the jalapenos. New Salad and Sandwich options range from the Lobster Roll made with poached Maine lobster, celery, green onion, herb dressing and dill potato chips and; Heirloom Tomato Salad with burrata, arugula, pesto, and balsamic reduction; to the Octopus Confit Salad featuring citrus dressing, fennel, and watermelon; and Vegetable Pissaladiere, grilled flat bread with caramelized onion, goat cheese, olives, and roasted tomatoes.
Decadent Dessert highlights: Warm Chocolate Canelle with spiced rum sauce and chicory ice cream; Coconut Crème Caramel tropical fruit soup and Homemade Nutella Beignets with a milk chocolate dipping shake and chocolate marshmallows. The canelles were so decadent, adorned with tiny gold flecks on top. The warm, sugar-coated beignets, oozing with melted nutella, were some of the best I’ve had.
La Côte at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located poolside next to the Ocean Lawn at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, FL 33140. Happy Hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and cocktails, lunch and dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.