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L’Entrecôte de Paris, under the Metrorail bridge, 1053 SE First Avenue a.k.a.  Brickell Plaza.

(305) 755-9995; www.lentrecotedeparis.com .

 
 
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By Simone Zarmati Diament

photos: Simone Z. Diament

 

L’Entrecôte de Paris, a brand new 203-seat indoor/outdoor brasserie with banquette seating, mirrored walls, a large brass-accented bar, low lighting bouncing off the white paper sheets covering closely spaced tables and an ambiance suitable for the crowd that crams in after work for cocktails, beers and a glass of wine, has come to the Brickell area in Miami via Brazil.

Steeped in the legend of a chain launched in Geneva, Switzerland in 1931, with two locations quite popular in Paris, its treks around the world and its longevity have not changed a thing to a concept of stability that many couples would envy:  this is and always has been a one-dish restaurant.

And that is steak.

And we’re talking here of the same version of one cut:  a 7 oz.  Entrecôte Classique  ($19.90) blanketed by the chain’s trademark sauce − that manager General Manager Gérard Herisson calls their “21-ingredient secret sauce”  − and unlimited shoestring fries, or allumettes,  fried in corn oil, according to Mr. Herisson. The only green is a mixed salad with toasted nuts and Dijon mustard vinaigrette.

An Entrecôte is a cut of beef that comes from the rib area or a term that can be used for sirloin, strip steak, Porterhouse steak or striploin steak.

So if meat is not your thing, your next and only best choice is French fries with a cheese plate ($14) which, the night I went, was unexciting and included a machine slice of Muenster cheese,  some Brie which needed more maturation and several slabs of Comté – which never fails, with a tomato compote, some dried apricots and roasted nuts.

What the menu lacks in choice, it makes up in desserts.  Fourteen different types of traditional French patisserie,  ($7 to $8.50) range from  Profiteroles and  Mille-Feuilles with Dulce de Leche and a Tour Eiffel stenciled on top, Crème Brûlée, a delicious raspberry tart with a crumbling crust and a fine crème pâtsissière and a no less delicious  “dietetic” version of panna cotta made with yogurt and topped with fresh fruit.

Mr. Herisson assured me that, unlike its famous counterpart in Paris, in three cities in Brazil and in other capitals around the world,  in the future the bar would offer bites and small dishes like quiches, cheese platter and pâtés along a reasonably-priced wine list, cocktails and a good by-the-glass program.

 

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 L’Entrecôte de Paris

 (305) 755-9995   www.lentrecotedeparis.com .


Nestled under the Metrorail bridge at, 1053 SE First Avenue a.k.a.  Brickell Plaza.

The menu (salad and steak-frites) is offered at a fixed price of $19.90 for lunch and $26 for dinner (not inclusive of tax or tip).

Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until Midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 10 p.m. on Sundays. (305) 755-9995;  www.lentrecotedeparis.com . 

Valet is available for $5 with validation

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