Most of you guys should be at home right now, recovering from your Thanksgiving holiday festivities. The multitude of Thanksgiving dinners along with waking up at the crack of dawn for shopping deals should have you all exhausted. Although I live in Miami where just about everyone prepared their stuffed turkey and ham, us Bahamians were looking for other alternatives to eat great, tasty food. Did I mention it also had to be a vegetarian dish?
I recently moved back to The Design District and noticed a slew of restaurants around the neighborhood. So, instead of preparing a feast to rival what I’m sure most of yours looked like, we opted to take a look around the area to see what piqued our interest. Unfortunately, since it was an American holiday everywhere was closed except for this quaint French restaurant called Buena Vista Bistro!
The atmosphere at Buena Vista was very cool and quiet, namely because we were the only two people at dinner. But I digress. It’s a charming little place in its own way with dark, moody lighting, 50′s style black-and-white vinyl chairs, framed vintage photos on the wall and the menu written on a blackboard. It had the French vibe down pat.
We perused the menu to see what options we had to choose from, and just reading the list got my taste buds excited. They had amazing dishes for those with a vegetarian or carnivorous palate. The waiter let us know everything was served fresh from the day’s market.
We first started with the usual appetizer: French bread and butter to get us started. Then we ordered the octopus: the aroma from the kitchen was permeating the dining area. When our waiter brought it out, those tentacles were grilled to a dark brown and seasoned to perfection. The octopus was sauteed in a white wine with herbs and minced garlic. Incredibly tasty!
Our second dish we ordered was a seafood soup. The name of it escapes me now, but I promise I will find out and let you guys know. This delicious soup had mussels and fish with herbs and vegetables swimming in a tomato based broth. It was so satisfying and perfectly seasoned, we simply dipped our french bread in the soup’s tomato base, just yummy!
Upon receiving the check we learned the bill had only cost us $40.99, what a steal for great food!
I highly recommend those of you in the downtown Miami area looking for affordable and chic places to eat check out Buena Vista Bistro located on 4582 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 just north of The Design District, and even better, they deliver too.