I have always though that Pascal's on Ponce is one of the best places to eat in Miami. The food is always always superb and Pascal is a top chef in this region. (The service can be a little hit or miss, tho)
However, the Maitre d' at his place is the topic of this thread. Has anyone ever noticed this french guy? I really like the guy because he is an original, but damn, the dude is both creepy and snobby. Especially if you bring in a bottle of your own wine on Monday nights (there is no corkage fee on Monday nights). He came over to my table once after I brought in a bottle and passively-aggressively told me how much my bottle sucked! But those neon pink and orange reading glasses that he has.... thos things are tight!!
One other story about him... the guy will hover over customers' tables and talk to them FOR EVER. I have actually seen chef Pascal get pissed about him doing this. (My server told me once that Pascal sometimes takes his cell phone and calls the restaurant so the Maitre D will have to leave the people's table to answer the phone. When the Maitre D answers the phone, Pascal tells him to leave the customers alone. LOL!!)
A final story about the Maitre D. I had my girlfriend call on monday night a few months back (no corkage fee, remember). She asked if there was a corkage fee (just to be polite). He said, "there is no corkage fee tonight.... but... there is no space". My girlfriend called back, bummed out. I told her I knew he was full of it and there would be plenty of open tables on a MONDAY NIGHT IN THE GABLES!! Sure enough, we showed up around 8pm and there were only 3 other tables in the place. Too funny... I wonder if Chef Pascal knows that this guy is turning away people like that? Either way, the quirky guy is a weird original.
Does anybody know his name?