French Chef Christian Vivet and his wife Mari are open on Sanibel, post Ian and better than ever. The new location is behind a cute art gallery at 751 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel. Once you step in your are instantly transported to France. No detail is spared from the french tablecloths to small vases with fresh flowers, to even a small sparkling Eiffel tower on each table. The quaint restaurant has windows adorned with pretty lace curtains. The service is impeccable.
Of course all the favorites remain: Onion Soup Gratinee, Escargot, Lobster-got, Duck Foie Gras for appetizers. With a new addition of Jacques Pepin’s mom recipe for Cheese Soufflé.
That’s just a few of the appetizers.
Entrees include: Filet-Frites, Duck a l’Orange, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Trout Almandine, Bouef Bourguignon (pictured below), Coq Au Vin, Dover Sole Meuniere and more.
The Bouef Bourguignon is truly Parisian with every bite being savory, succulent and tender.
There are options for dinner, a full sized portion, smaller portions under the Light French Fare at $25 per person if you order by 5 p.m., the Bleu 4-course Prix Fixe Menu with limited items at $50 per person and includes an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.
My new favorite is the Profiterolles Au Chocolate. Cream puffs filled with French Vanilla Ice Cream covered with Dark Belgium Chocolate Sauce, topped with Toasted Slivered Almonds.
Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. Outdoor seating available with your pup. If you want to watch and chat with the Chef, there is a small bar area with barstool seating.
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