Rendezvous at L'echon Brasserie; Portuguese Tasting Menu at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
August 12, 2014 | by Lane Nieset | Food & Drink News
Miami's menus get a cultural twist this month, with new options like Thai donuts for breakfast and petit French sandwiches after work.
A French happy hour happens after work at L'echon Brasserie.
Pubbelly Group's new French spot, L'echon Brasserie, has debuted a cheeky weekday happy hour called Le Cinq à Sept—which translates to "an afternoon tryst"—inspired by the two-hour block when the French leave work and meet up with their lovers before going home. From 6-8 p.m., come by for a post-work rendezvous, sample petite portions of French staples like croque-monsieur, and get exclusive prices on wine, draft beer, and cocktails. 6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-483-1611
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is wrapping up its summer dining series this month by serving up Portuguese delicacies for lunch and dinner on Wednesdays. Executive Chef Miguel Aguilar's tasting menu includes bacalao croquettes; seafood stew with clams, mussels, prawns, and chorizo; and more à la carte. Round out the experience with a glass of JM Fonseca Twin Vines Vinho Verde straight from Northwest Portugal. 2550 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, 305-722-8959
The new Asian-style brunch at Khong River House satisfies the savory and sweet tooth bruncher.
Start your Saturday or Sunday with something off Khong River House's new brunch menu of classic breakfast dishes with Asian flair—for example, coconut sesame pancakes with brûléed banana and pineapple; an omelet with wok-fried short rib; and Thai donuts served with dipping sauces. Add bottomless cocktails to your meal and try the Thai Bloody Mary or mango bellini. 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 305-763-8147
On Thursday evenings, stop by Balans on Biscayne for the new Dueling Dishes series, which gives diners the chance to sample two courses by Chef David Welch and review them to determine which will secure a spot on his fall menu. Book a table in advance and be entered in a weekly raffle to win a gift card. 6789 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-534-9191
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