Written by: Alexandria Ugarte
We’re lucky to live in a city that offers something for every taste, style, and budget. If you want get dressed up and dine in style, you head to the chic and upscale Villa Azur in Miami Beach. If you want to unwind after a long day at work with good friends and even better cocktails, then you head straight to Villa Azur’s newest addition: Le Petit Bar in the Garden.
Before you even get to the menu, Le Petit Bar is first a feast for your eyes. Nestled in Villa Azur’s garden, the outdoor area is elegant and trendy, yet perfectly cozy. I instantly fell in love with its sophisticated aesthetics and I hadn’t even looked at the menu yet! We chose a large white couch near the bar with a big rustic coffee table to hold our cocktails and plates. It’s definitely a place that beckons you to get comfy and stay a while.
The menu is comprised of shareable plates, hand-crafted summer cocktails, and good brews. I immediately knew I was going to have the Guava Mojito because, well, those are two of my favorite things! It did not disappoint, and I had to wrangle it out of my friend’s hands a couple of times who insisted on “taking a sip to try it” over and over again. The Apple Spritz was recommended to us by our waiter and was also a fantastic choice, especially if you’re into something a little bubblier.
To pair with our summer cocktails, we ordered the sesame-crusted tuna, the short rib & polenta croquettes, and the cheese & meat plate.
The cheese and meat plate consisted of fresh brie cheese, lomo, and chorizo Iberico. The portion size was perfect for sharing, and the salty selection paired so well with our sweet drinks.
The tuna was also a great match for our drinks. It was tasty and seared to perfection.
We left the best for last. The short rib croquettes were so out of this world, it was a bit difficult to share. I could have shamelessly finished those all by myself! I recommend ordering a couple of those if you’re in a group. Everyone’s going to want to have seconds.
Le Petit Bar is open Sunday through Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Its atmosphere and perfectly priced menu make it a great choice for mid-week drinks after work or the ideal stopover for some appetizers and cocktails after a Sunday afternoon at the beach!