JW Marriott Marquis / 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL
When it came time to make dinner reservations for Miami, I knew one thing - that I was going to eat at Daniel Boulud's db Bistro Moderne even if I had to go it alone. Thankfully our foodie friends were onboard with the decision, so we commanded a table for six.
|The bar area of db Bistro Moderne|
We started with the Grand Plateau de Fruits de Mer ($85), a silver tiered tower of oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, crab, tuna tartare, ceviche and lobster on ice. It was breathtaking - an orgy of seafood on ice, accompanied by a trio of dipping sauces - cocktail sauce, pesto mayonnaise and a horseradish blend.
While I had been eyeing the $32 Original db Burger - sirloin filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle, served on a parmesan bun with pommes frites - I decided to go with the Duck Confit ($33). A better decision had never been made.
|The Persimmon Room|
The hubs thoroughly enjoyed his Moules a L'Indienne The largest serving of mussels that I have ever seen arrived in an enormous bowl, bathed in a vadouvan curry broth with cilantro and white wine. The dish was accompanied by a garlic naan that the hubs said was only good - not fantastic. But he raved about the mussels, which were all big-bellied and fat.
We didn't order drinks, though our friends had a nice Cabernet that they were pleased with. Overall, the meal was outstanding. The service was excellent. The decor was Miami chic, and we had a great time.