Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Date- J&G Grill


J&G Grill opened a few months ago in the new St. Regis Resort in Bal Harbour.  The dining room is sharp, sophisticated and modern with great ocean views.  The chef behind J & G is Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  Jean-Georges currently owns several popular and well acclaimed restaurants around the world including Jean-Georges in New York City which received a four star rating from the New York Times along with a three star rating from the Michelin guide.  In 2007, he received 6 Michelin stars, 3 for Jean-Georges and one star each for Vong, JoJo and Perry Street.  He followed that up with a James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurant in 2008.

His Miami team is comprised of chef de cuisine is Richard Gras who spent several years working in the Ritz Carlton kitchens at Half Moon Bay and Amelia Island.  His sous chef is Leo Pablo who previously worked at another Jean-Georges spot, Fern located in Puerto Rico. 

The J&G kitchen is also home to pastry chef extraordinaire, Antonio Bachour.  Chef Bachour takes dessert to another level with his creative and cutting edge techniques.  His plating skills are the best I've seen.  He was recently named Top Ten Pastry Chef in America by Dessert Professional Magazine.

I was very impressed with sommelier Luis Mejia who did an excellent job pairing wines with our tasting menu.  His parings were diverse, perfectly paired and very enjoyable.

General Manager Antonio Palomares deserves credit as well for having a noticeably well trained team. Everyone was friendly yet professional and very knowledgeable.  

During our recent visit we were treated to an eleven course tasting menu curated by Chef Bachour and Chef Pablo.  That was followed by a seven course off menu dessert tasting prepared by Chef Bachour.  It should be noted that chef Bachour warned instructed us to take a couple of tastes and he would then bring the next dish out.  Despite being full we actually finished almost every bite of every dessert. Yes, they were that good.  

The first of eleven savory courses was a fresh Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare with spicy radish and ginger marmalade.

Course two was a melt in your mouth Hamachi Sashimi with avocado and a soy-ginger dressing. 

Course three was one of my favorite savory bites of the night. It featured very flavorful Salmon Sashimi resting on top of a crispy rice and a tasty chipolte mayonnaise.

Next up were plump Sauteed Florida Pink Shrimp paired with key lime yogurt and red radish.

The chef took a temporary break from seafood with a light Florida Hearts of Palm Salad with heirloom tomatoes and young coconut.

Seafood returned with a generous portion of sweet Peekytoe Crab paired with lemongrass and champagne mango.

A dynamite Corn Soup that requires three hours of prep time was served next. It featured delicious roasted corn, red pepper foam and lobster.

Black Truffle Pizza with fontina cheese had a nice chewy dough and was another winner. 

The knockout dish of the night, Caviar, Crispy Poached Egg and Vodka Creme Fraiche tasted even better than it sounded.

Runny yolk, caviar and creme fraiche. Boooya!!!!!

The Roast Crispy Striped Bass with braised fennel had a tough dish to follow.  The bass was very good but the accompanying broth was my least favorite taste of the evening.

The last savory course was a Grilled Filet Mignon with charred fava beans, jalapeno and parmesan. This was cooked closer to medium than the requested medium rare but still maintained its tenderness.  I'm not a filet fan but this was a nice way to end the savory portion of the meal.


The pictures and dish descriptions should say it all.

Crema Catalana, raspberry foam, berries, raspberry lime fizzy, raspberry sorbet.

Dulce de leche chocolate tart, caramel ice cream, chocolate mousse, white chocolate cremeux, chocolate crocante.

Soft chocolate ganache, coconut mousse, coconut powder, banana yogurt sorbet, banana brûlée.

Lemon cream, microwave pistachio sponge cake, greek yogurt, pistachio puree, green apple sorbet.

Lychee panna cotta, mango cream, passion fruit foam, dried pineapple, mango glass, mango sorbet

White chocolate yogurt mousse, lychee granita, campari gelee, grapefruit, micro rose petal, greek yogurt sorbet.

Petit Fours- lime basil macaron, espresso macaron, raspberry pate de fruits, chocolate bonbons.

I was very impressed with all facets of J & G Grill.  The ingredients and products used in every dish were top notch and they were executed perfectly.  This is one of the better all around restaurants in town.  Go and make sure you save room for dessert!

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St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
9703 Collins Avenue,
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
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Tel:305.993.3333 Fax: 305.993.0440 FAX

Hotel Valet -- Complimentary parking for brunch and lunch only. Dinner parking is $12.00.
Metered parking available on 96th Street


12:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday – Friday

11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Daily

J&G Bar:
5:00 PM to 12:00 AM Sunday - Wednesday
5:00 PM to 1:00 AM Thursday - Saturday


Evadne Pargeter said...

Everything looks delectable and appetizing. I was especially attracted to Grilled Filet Mignon in the main dish, but those desserts, hands down, were all looking luscious.

Froilan Boothby said...

Yes, those food indeed are looking great. It also seems like a nice place to take a date. How is the price range?