Bistro BE Coming to Miami: Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, and Beer Galore

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Courtesy of Bistro BE
Chef Frederik Appelt and owner Emmanuel Verschueren prepare to open Bistro BE.
Miami's international cuisine scene is getting a European flair with Bistro BE, scheduled to open at 1111 SW First Ave. in downtown Miami this summer.

The restaurant, by Emmanuel Verschueren, a businessman who made his career in plastics (cue The Graduate jokes), as well as restaurants in Europe, features cuisine executed by chef Frederik Appelt, an acclaimed chef in Belgium. Together, they hope to bring authentic Belgian cuisine to Miami.

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The 110-seat restaurant will take a sophisticated, yet casual approach to dining, and will feature an open kitchen, patio, and two chefs tables. Also notable -- the extensive beer selection. Over 50 selections will be available in bottles, with eight offerings on tap. Beer also will be served in the correct glasses and poured correctly. This attention to detail is so important that staff will be trained in proper beer etiquette.

We spoke with Verschueren about what Belgian cuisine really is, why we're drinking our beer wrong, and the sweet parting gift everyone gets at the end of the meal.

New Times: A lot of people oversimplify the idea of Belgian cuisine, when in fact there's a great similarity between it and French cuisine. Can you explain?
Emmanuel Verschueren: Belgian cuisine is very much the same as French cuisine. People think it's more similar to German, but it's based on French techniques. Our cuisine is generous but elegant. It's not "tweezer food."

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Waffles and lobster.
More than waffles and mussels?
Of course, we're going to bring waffles here. But what surprises many people is the amount of vegetables in Belgian cuisine. Our country has a lot of rural areas that grow produce. The food is rich, but we also have many salads. You would be amazed at how healthful and balanced the cuisine is. Our meals will consist of your meat or fish and vegetables.

How much of your food will be locally sourced and how much will you import? And how will that challenge your chef?
In Belgium, we work with these tiny shrimps that taste completely different than the ones available here. They're so small -- the size of your pinky, but they're so flavorful. We'll fly those in two times a week. But as far as produce is concerned, we want to work with fresh vegetables. I'm very confident our chef will work them into our recipes and traditions.


Location Info

Bistro BE

1111 SW First Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Idil Aliye Gözde
Idil Aliye Gözde

This is great. Will definitely stop by next time I'm there!SuOm Uheri Francis.

Katia Demeire
Katia Demeire

Yes!!! I live in downtown!!!! A dream come true!

Sasha Ariel
Sasha Ariel

Valentina Rodriguez Ana Margarita Melissa Ayre

Jessica Alonso
Jessica Alonso

Evelyn Dieppa Gabriella Mazzotta Victoria E. Giraldo when does it open?

Grace DeWitt
Grace DeWitt

Andrya Hernandez-Robles Natanya Trazenfeld all they're missing is the frituur

Victoria E. Giraldo
Victoria E. Giraldo

Oh my goodness this is a must my foodie friends Jessica Alonso Gabriella Mazzotta Evelyn Dieppa

Jami Reyes
Jami Reyes

1111 SW 1st Avenue is in Brickell not downtown Miami.

Manuel Romero
Manuel Romero

Ruben Loodts I thought the Belgians already left miami... Lol

Riccardo Romano
Riccardo Romano

Belgian beer is the best in the world and I miss so much my dinners in Brussels with moussels and fries

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