Charlotte Bistro Begins Sunday Brunch And Launches New Small Plates Menu

Coral Gables' favorite romantic hideaway, Charlotte Bistro, has re-opened with a new, affordable small plates menu and Sunday Brunch.
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Jan. 18, 2012 - PRLog -- Since re-opening after an extensive renovation this past September, Coral Gables' favorite romantic hideaway, Charlotte Bistro, has quickly become a destination for local diners and foodies. Venezuelan-born chef/owner Elida Villarroel, a graduate of the prestigious Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, has taken this neighborhood darling to new heights with a modern and dramatic, yet intimate, space. To complement the warm, elegant setting, Chef Elida has launched a moderately-priced small plates menu where classic French dishes meet modern Miami influences. Diners can choose from a selection of small plates and sides to create their meal or choose a more traditional main course; the menu will change weekly so there will always be something new to try!

Chef Elida, known as much for her friendly, approachable demeanor (Don't be surprised to find her in the dining room, welcoming back loyal customers-turned-friends with a hug!) as her fresh, innovative take on comfort food, is excited to be back in the kitchen, sharing her favorite recipes through a constantly-changing menu. This family-owned and chef-led restaurant offers something not often found these days – a unique and personal dining experience, that can't be found in the now-ubiquitous, faceless corporate chains.

“I'd like to personally welcome you to the new Charlotte Bistro,” says Villarroel. “We are so excited to be open again in this wonderful neighborhood and we'd love for you to stop by and enjoy our new menu. We'll be coming up with fun, creative dishes and changing the menu every week so there will always be new flavors and experiences for our guests!”

Must-try small plates ($4-$14) include tender lamb croquettes with a fresh mint sauce, crab risotto, where sweet, fresh lump crabmeat melds with a truffle emulsion, succulent escargot, served in the old-fashioned way with garlic & parsley, perfectly crisp yet meltingly tender duck confit and crispy fried rabbit with mashed potatoes and red-eye gravy. Meatless selections abound with a fresh eggplant timbale, savory artichoke gratin and a vibrant green olive and basil soup, amongst many other offerings.

Larger plates ($14-$34), meant to be shared and enjoyed with family and friends, include ocean-fresh, locally caught fish of the day, a NY Strip Steak with blue cheese butter (sure to become a signature dish!) and for veggie-lovers, a fresh vegetable paella, showcasing seasonal veggies at their peak. A selection of freshly-made sides ($3.50) round out the menu with plump and tender Israeli couscous, aromatic vanilla-carrot puree and luscious French lentils.

Desserts include Chef Elida's signature chocolate soup, a decadent treat for chocolate lovers, Quesillo Criollo, a rich custard that melts in your mouth, delicious house-made fresh ice creams, including comfort food classic, caramel bananas.

And with the new year comes a new Charlotte tradition – Sunday Brunch!
Every Sunday, from 11AM-4PM, diners can relax and enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon with friends and family, while eating extraordinary food at affordable prices. Dishes include the super-popular arepitas, mini arepas stuffed with your choice of pernil, tender roasted pork shoulder, or Venezuelan-style black beans with cheese, classic French omelettes, house-made sausages and, for those with a big appetite, juicy carne asada, fresh salmon and the ever-popular steak and eggs.

Chef Elida Villarroel and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Gilbert happily welcome you to Charlotte Bistro, located at 264 Miracle Mile. Dinner will be served on Wednesday from 5:30pm-9:30pm and from 5:30pm-11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Brunch will be served from 11am-4pm every Sunday. All major credit cards accepted and reservations are recommended.

Phone: (305) 443-3003

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