Georges Kitchen and Loft: A First Bite (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Georges Kitchen: New York meets Paris meets Miami.
Georges Kitchen and Loft is a departure into opulence for restaurateur Georges-Eric Farge.

Farge, who is known for his casual French/American Miami bistros, recently opened Georges, hiring a Michelin Star chef and gutting an old antique shop in Midtown to create his own vision of what happens when New York meets Paris meets Miami.

As he greets me with a glass of champagne, the restaurateur chats about his new, swankier venture in Midtown Miami. "At first, I didn't get this neighborhood. Then I walked around a bit. I noticed that there's an electricity in the air. People walk here. People live here. And I knew I wanted to be a part of this community and to bring good food and a place to enjoy cocktails here."

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Indeed, this is a one-stop destination for a sophisticated set. The restaurant, on the first floor, is decorated in warm browns and coppers. A large communal table runs the length of the long dining room, leading to an open kitchen bustling with chefs preparing dishes, led by both executive chef Steven Rojas and Farge himself. The upstairs loft, which can be accessed both through the dining room and via a private entrance, is a cozy lounge filled with multiple seating options and a large bar. The two spaces are brought together by a golden display of light fixtures, which lends a tawny glow to the entire operation. The idea is to have dinner downstairs, then retreat upstairs for cocktails and music.

The dinner takes rustic French cuisine for a spin, adding modern and whimsical touches. For instance foie gras, served in a mason jar goes casual, while churros are made upscale with Idiazabal cheese.

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Cocktails are an important part of a meal at Georges Kitchen. Chef Steven Rojas is as passionate about them as he is about the food. The Bitter Pirate builds Aperol, rum zaffra, carbonated cucumber, and dill syrup (all specialty cocktails $14).

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Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco ($7).


Location Info

George's Kitchen Midtown - CLOSED

3404 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


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SentientZombie
SentientZombie

Years back, I lived in Coconut Grove. We had just been hit by a hurricane, either Katrina, Rita or Wilma (can’t remember which). Residents were stumbling out of their home, which were without power, desperate for some sustenance. My girl and I went to Le Bouchon (that George Eric-Farge still owned at the time), where we each ordered a monstrous breakfast that offered the works – a pricey breakfast at that. When the server brought our food, we were each given a glass of water (with dirt that had settled at the bottom of the glass) and a pancake. The server informed us that they had run out of everything else, which we totally understood, given the circumstances. When the server later brought us the check, to my complete dismay, they were charging us as if we had received our full breakfast with the works. When I disputed the bill, the server quickly called George over. When I told George that I wasn’t going to be paying the bill as received and expected only to be charged for what we did receive and consume, he accused me of being “cheap” and “just wanting to eat for free” in front of a room full of patrons. I told him he was price-gouging and taking advantage of people in the middle of a bad situation. He exploded. He called me a “cheap faggot” and insulted my “gay hat”. He then said “fine, get the hell out here, you broke faggot!” All the while, he was shoving me out onto the street. I have sworn ever since to never go to any restaurant owned by this animal. George-Eric Farge is a violent bigot. I find it almost impossible to believe that there haven’t been more incidents over the years involving him, given his temper and how he is willing to mistreat a paying customer when questioned.


yisselinthescene
yisselinthescene

Upon arrival you'll be greeted by a tooth sucking host (probably a laid off french doorman) who will tell you there are no tables available even though you walk into an empty dining room. They may or may not offer you cheap champagne, depending on how much money they smell on you. Quite silly considering anyone with a fraction of class and taste wouldnt enjoy a glass of $6 prosecco, but hey, I suppose that's their idea of "Paris meets Miami". Never in my foodie life have I experienced such terrible service from the staff straight down to the owner George himself. It's a pretentious piece of real estate on the midtown block with just mediocre food and drinks.

tunabones
tunabones

@yisselinthescene I like that "toothsucking host" part, great impact, very graphic, makes me feel dirty just thinking about it.  I wanted to ask what you meant by the "Quite silly considering anyone with a fraction of class and taste wouldnt enjoy a glass of $6 prosecco".  I ask because I have had many very nice $6 dollar (a bottle) proseccos.  As a foodie I'm sure you are familiar with wines, both sparkling and non.  Chanpagne and prosecco both falling into the former.  typically in that price range your going to find many more suitable proseccos than you will champagne simply because of the AOC of Champagne.  it has brand recogintion that comes at a cost.  Point is, I dont get the meaning of your sentance espcially in regards to class or taste.  I am not picking a fight or sides, I have no dog in this fignt, just curious what you meant by that sentance.  Thank you.

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