Nothing but the Best: French Fusion Cuisine in the Roads
It's an old complaint: Miami needs more French food. Enter Yann Rio, who owned three restaurants in France, including Sequoia in Montpellier, which earned a "three forks" designation in the Michelin Guide.
Rio has moved to the States and delivers French fusion with nontraditional ingredients to Miami. Nothing but the Best held its grand opening last week, introducing itself to the Roads neighborhood with a party. Short Order sampled some menu items. Check out pictures after the jump.
Rio trained under French master chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants, including Hotel Crillon, Precatelan, and Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu (all in Paris). He was named Maître Restaurateur de France in 2008. He decided on Miami because he saw a need for this type of food here.
"I haven't seen anyone doing this kind of cooking in Miami -- or really anywhere I've
been in the States," says Rio, who is still learning English. "There are touches of things you can only find in France, even though the dishes are not at all traditional French cuisine."
Rio is all about experimenting. He came up with this pretty cocktail on the spot during our visit, calling it "raspberry French kiss." Strawberry soup, raspberry marmalade, cilantro, celery, lemongrass, and ginger are mixed with gin and topped with champagne for a cocktail unlike anything you've ever had. At first we were skeptical, but as we sipped (and sipped), all of its levels of flavors gradually revealed themselves.