Are you looking for a place where the food, service and location will exceed your expectations? La Côte at the Fontainebleau is the spot where you can enjoy delectable French Mediterranean cuisine with sweeping views of beautiful South Beach.
All the photos in this post were taken by me during lunch last week and my only wish is that I could somehow share the delicious flavors of each dish with you virtually. But since I can’t, I want all you Miami folks out there (and those of you planning a trip to our sunny oasis) to pay a visit to La Côte and Chef de Cuisine Christina Coupet who will ensure you have an amazing dining experience.
Chef Christina picked a variety of her best lunch options for me to sample and each one was better than the next. We started off with the Hamachi Ceviche (photo above left) that was flavored with lemon and coriander oil. After growing up in a Peruvian household, I feel I can call myself an expert on ceviche and this one was delish!
Following up next we tried the Seared Haloumi Cheese Dish which had cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, and an oregano lemon vinaigrette. If you are a fan of cheese, I highly recommend this item. The dressing was also so good I was hoping a bottle of it would be available for sale so I could have it more often but alas I will happily just have to go to La Cote more often!
Their Tomato Salad wasn’t far behind and was sprinkled with fried feta, basil and a side of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. This dish was also very good but I think after having so many tomatoes with my Haloumi Cheese plate that I was wasn’t prepared for more.
This would be the perfect dish however if someone is looking to enjoy a light healthy lunch on its own.
The salad was followed by the Vegetable Pissaladiere (Photo, top right) which was grilled flatbread with caramelized onions, goat cheese, olives, roasted tomatoes and mixed greens. This is the perfect example of a dish I would have never picked out for myself but totally took me by surprise!
The star of the Pissaladiere is really the goat cheese which gives you a punch of flavor just as you take a bite.
Our final dish of the afternoon was the Seared Scallops with snap peas and crispy shallots. Did someone tell Chef Christina scallops are my favorite??!! Yeah this dish definitely a highligh and I know you will enjoy it just as much if you are a fan of seafood.
Throughout lunch, I sampled two varieties of their sangria– the Sancerre & Pear White Sangria and the Côte de Provence Rosé Sangria. I don’t want to pick a favorite because they are each SO different but I did prefer the Rosé version.
There was no way Chef Christina would let us get away without sampling a bit of dessert no matter how full we said we were! So she sent over a Quatro Leches– a coconut biscuit topped with salted caramel ice cream.
It goes without saying but I didn’t have dinner that night. I was so full and happy!!
La Côte is located poolside next to the Ocean Lawn and is open for lunch & early dinner fom 11 AM – 6 PM daily and dinner from 6 PM – 9 PM Thursday – Saturday. If you want to experience the stunning view of the ocean, make sure you request a seat upstairs.
For more information, click here for their website or call (305) 674 – 4710 for a reservation.
*Disclosure: I was treated to lunch at La Côte for review purposes. All opinions are my own.