The culinary fantasy founded by the late French master chef Joël Robuchon has planted deep roots in Florida. Two of three slated dining concepts originated by him or his long-time protégés premiered in the Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which operates in New York, Paris and Tokyo, imports his signature, haute modern cuisine like pommes purée with sinful proportions of butter and langoustine cooked en papillote. Joël Robuchon USA culinary director Christophe Bellanca, who was tapped to oversee his mentor’s legacy, adds new dishes like a wagyu ribeye cap with wild basil pesto and king crab with zebra tomatoes and wasabi tofu. Menus and service further draw from Spain’s tapas and Japan’s sushi bars, the perfect formula for Miami’s international crowd, and may be ordered à la carte or in a variety of coursed menus including vegetarian. (Don’t fill up on bread, whose three types are baked daily in-house and arrive hot out of the oven for each table.) Begin and end with dessert, since custom cocktails feature sweet ingredients from mamey to cacao. Architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, the visionary behind all L’Atelier locations, selected gleaming rosewood walls, red leather seats and black granite floors. He also designed the verdant concept for Le Jardinier directly below. The veg-forward restaurant with French techniques and gluten-free breads hails from New York. Enjoy the last of summer’s flavors with a salad of watermelon, heirloom tomatoes and mint. An eggless merengue sings with blueberries and lemongrass, while drinks also brim with produce, such as grapefruit and jalapeño. Last but not least, Frohzen opens in October. We can’t wait to dive into its gourmet icy confections from cakesicles to a chic twist on the classic ice cream sandwich with macarons.
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