Miami has a relatively sizeable French population, yet not very many French restaurants to support it. Enter Bistro Cassis, a quaint café-bistro newly opened in the midblock of Midtown. The location is the newest addition to the portfolio of New York based restaurateurs Reststar Hospitality Group (the original Bistro Cassis is on New York’s Upper West Side).
Bistro Cassis Miami offers traditional French favorites and modern takes on the respected cuisine’s classic dishes, served in a comfortable neighborhood setting. “Bistro Cassis and our sister restaurants including Cafe Buenos Aires and Pomodoro Rosso are dedicated to authentic atmosphere and cuisine in a comfortable neighborhood setting,” says Dean Kois of Reststar Hospitality.
Menu highlights include Alsatian-inspired poulet Alsacienne (roasted chicken breast, smoked bacon, and seasoned kale), carré D’Agneau aux Champignons (pistachio crusted rack of lamb with wild mushroom risotto), and the expertly prepared saumon róti basilique (Scottish salmon with a basil pine nut crust). The restaurant also offers daily specials such as the pied de cochon (braised pigs feet in a white bean stew), and classics like duck à l’orange and coq au vin.
While the local partner is Brazilian (rumor has it, in fact, that the group will soon open a Brazilian restaurant directly next door), chef Cyrille Bolle is decidedly French. “Our staff is prepared to offer traditional cuisine made with the highest quality ingredients and utmost respect to the traditions that made French cuisine the benchmark of bistro dining in the world,” he says.
The interior design is reminiscent of a French (by way of New York) bistro, with its large mirrors, glossy walls, checkered floors, and red banquettes. Framed photos of the streets of France, taken by Reststar Hospitality partner Eric Machado, decorate the white subway tile walls. The comfortable bar (imported from a restaurant in France) has enough room for locals to enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate.
Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch (the brunch scene has already hit its stride), Bistro Cassis is poised to make a mark on comfortable French dining in Miami.