Latin American Flavors Influence French Dishes At Semilla French Bistro and Wine Bar

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NOT REALLY FOOLING ANYONE. POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THAT MAN. TIME FOR ANOTHER EDITION OF TASTE OF MIAMI, PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR TRULY AUTHENTIC FRENCH CUISINE WITHOUT THE FUSS AND HIGH PRICE MENU ITEMS. LISA PETRILLO SAYS YES TO THE BISTRO AND WINE BAR. BUT IT IS A JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE ON ALTON ROAD. THIS CHARMING EATERY IN BUSINESS FOR 6 YEARS DUE TO RECENT MENU REVAMP AND THEY MIXED WITH LATIN AMERICA INFLUENCES. AT THE HELM, THE EXECUTIVE CHEF. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO OPEN UP A FRENCH BISTRO RIGHT HERE ON ALTON ROAD IN MIAMI BEACH? BECAUSE THERE IS NO REAL FRENCH BISTRO, AND I HAVE A LOT OF AMERICAN PEOPLE COMING AND ASKING ME FOR FOIE GRAS AND A FRENCH RECIPE AND OF COURSE FRENCH WINE. Reporter: AFFORDABLE WINES ARE A BIG PART OF THE EXPENSE. ALL CUSTOMERS CAN COME DIRECTLY TO THE WINE CELLAR AND CHOOSE ANY BOTTLE OF WINE AND JUST PAY THE COURT FEE. THAT IS $10? IT IS $10, CORRECT. Reporter: IT IS WARM AND FRIENDLY AND AUTHENTICALLY FRENCH. BACK IN THE KITCHEN, HE PREPARES TASTY DISHES STARTING WITH ESCARGOT IN A PARSLEY BUTTER SAUCE WITH HERBS. IT SITS ON A BONE MARROW BASE AND LITERALLY MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH. THAT COULD BE IN ANY BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT IN PARIS AND TRANSPORTS YOU THERE. WITH CILANTRO AND TARRAGON. Reporter: IT IS A THING OF BEAUTY. NEXT, OCTOPUS GRANOLA SEARED WITH CAPERS. IT IS A LITTLE KICK WITH THE CAPERS. Reporter: IT TASTES A LITTLE BIT OF A SAVORY. REALLY DELICIOUS. THEN A TABLESIDE TREAT, NEW YORK STRIP WITH FLAMING COGNAC. IT IS A GREAT SEER AND WHAT IS THE SAUCE? THE DIFFERENCE IS BECAUSE I USE ALL OF THE LIMIT TO MAKE A CLASSIC BULLION. Reporter: IT IS MERINGUE AND PINK PRALINES TOP WITH CARAMEL SAUCE, MAGNIFICENT. THAT IS THE MOST DELICATE DESSERT I’VE EVER HAD, THE MERINGUE IS SOFT AND FLUFFY AND THE CREAM IS, YOU JUST WANT TO DRINK IT. I WILL KEEP FLOATING ON MY ISLAND, LET’S TELL PEOPLE HOW MANY DAYS WE ARE OPEN. MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FOR LUNCH AND DINNER. A WONDERFUL TASTE OF THE TOWN ON MIAMI BEACH, I’M LISA

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