Friday, April 12, 2024

East End Brasserie Opens in Fort Lauderdale

With our annual tourist season approaching, the local restaurant biz is really starting to heat up.

Now open in the Fort Lauderdale beachfront space in the Atlantic Resort & Spa, formerly home to Trina, is East End Brasserie (601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954/567-8020).

A real French brasserie—honest, uncomplicated fare at an affordable price—is the deal here, in a room done by Cuba-Fernandez Design that channels the Cote d’Azur with red leather banquettes, bentwood chairs, white marble table tops and blue raffia walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer prime ocean views. There’s also a large outdoor terrace.

Exec chef Steve Zobel from New York’s Triomphe has crafted a menu of Provencal fare enhanced by a raw bar and artisanal cheese cart. Among the menu items: the classic steak frites with lemon-caper butter or sauce béarnaise, papardelle with duck confit and veal jus, mustard-crusted pompano with braised white beans and escarole, and vegetable salad with hearts of palm, avocado, lemon and olive oil.

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