Adding a sophisticated, worldly element to the quaint neighborhood dubbed “The Roads” is Miami’s newest French-fusion restaurant, Nothing but the Best. The bold name clues guests in on what to expect from the globally minded eatery.
The ambiance is set from the moment one walks through the outdoor patio— where al fresco dining at an umbrella-adorned table is a must when the weather is nice. Inside, candles flickering on each table cast a warm glow on the many pieces of art and sculpture by French artist Christian Bernard that adorn the walls. Modern and sophisticated, the space still manages to create a cozy atmosphere.
The man behind the concept (and the food) of the restaurant is acclaimed French chef Yann Rio, owner and executive chef of Nothing but the Best. Rio is no stranger to exquisite cuisine. He worked at two and three starred Michelin starred restaurants in France, and owned Sequoia, a restaurant that received nods from Michelin with their “forchettes.” The pedigree of excellence is evident in each dish served, from the Risotto Croquettes appetizers to the Espresso Tiramisu that ends the meal. When it comes to food, Rio is something of an innovator— his plates are not strictly French, but he borrows from the culture’s renowned fare to create unique flavors that will remind travelers of France, but a hint of something else, as well. Namely, his foods are less heavy; instead of cream and butter, Rio opts for more yogurt and olive oil.
Be sure to finish (or start) the night off with a visit to the cozy bar-lounge. Guests can toast to the night with one of the many selections of wine, champagne or cocktails.