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Santa Rosa Beach - Cafe Provence review

Diane in Bexley | | Aug 16, 2006 04:36 PM

We were going to be on vacation in Destin, FL while celebrating a milestone birthday and were looking for a local restaurant that would fit the bill. I found Café Provence from the Web. Chef Michel is from Belgium and he assured us this would be a memorable meal. He wasn’t kidding. Granted, the date was on a Monday night, typically a slow restaurant night, but our very first impression of the French country atmosphere was our private dining room. There were 5 of us with 2 private waiters, which really made us feel special. Chef Michel designed a prix fixe menu for us after interviewing me regarding personal tastes, interests, and food allergies. Our first course was a delicious prosciutto/parmesan tartlet, light as a feather. The bread was so yummy, as well. The 2nd course was a huge sea scallop in a divine butter sauce reduction with white wine. The 3rd course, the salad, was a French version of salad caprese with luscious in season tomatoes and lettuce assortment and a walnut oil based vinaigrette. The 4th course was the most exquisite grouper, grilled to perfection, no heavy sauce here, with a mélange of vegetables. The 5th course was perfectly medium rare tenderloin with a demi glace reduction. I am not a fan of tenderloin, I prefer sirloin or ribeye, more flavorful. This was excellent, the sauce perfectly matched to enhance flavor in the meat. The dessert was a warm chocolate soufflé with vanilla bean ice cream. The wine pairing was also delicous and complimented the food very well. If you are looking for a special meal in the Panhandle, please try Café Provence in Santa Rosa, I don’t think you will be disappointed

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