Let’s start with today, Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the annual French celebration of the season’s first early wine that takes place each year on the third Thursday in November. To honor his French roots as well as the light and fruity vintage, Pascal Oudin is offering a special three-course prix fixe dinner at his landmark Pascal’s On Ponce restaurant in Coral Gables. The menu offers a choice of Maine Lobster Bisque or Country Chicken Terrine to start; Braised Lamb Shoulder Navarin, Crispy Moulard Duck Confit or Mussels Mariniére for main course; and for dessert, red and blackberry gratin with Grand Marnier Sabayon or Bittersweet Chocolate Fondant or Imported Cheese Plate – all accompanied by a half bottle of George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2014. Price is $67.95 per person.
Tomorrow is the official opening of Pascal’s Brasserie Central at The Village of Merrick Park. The 3,000-square-foot, Parisian-style restaurant is lined with butcher-block tables, bistro chairs, and a sizeable indoor/outdoor bar. Bill of fare by Pascal and Executive Chef Fabien Micard (formerly of Pascal's On Ponce) will encompass “housemade sausages, pate and charcuterie; artisanal cheeses; full raw bar; traditional hors d’oeuvres, salads, sandwiches, and main plates; classic stove-to-table cocotte stews; and et Patisserie, or dessert. Hand-crafted Old World cocktails, a magnifique oyster Happy Hour, plat du jour, and special afternoon Glacerie menu, featuring treats such as ice creams, crepes, waffles and coffees.”
In other words, a real life French brasserie. With Oudin behind the wheel, this promises to be a very welcome addition to the Gables.