My little one did a project on historical landmarks in South Florida and she chose The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. One thing is to do research for an assignment and quite another is to actually visit in person and have lunch.
The Biltmore Hotel was built in 1926 and has quite an extraordinary history. The hotel is simply gorgeous and has four distinct restaurants, each with their own personality. We visited Fontana, which features European charm from sunrise until sunset as it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This was a quick lunch and after glancing the menu, we just let our waiter choose for us; everything looked so good that we could not decide. He suggested the specials.
First came the pan-fried fish with grilled asparagus and almonds. This is what my daughter ordered and to be honest, I do not remember what kind of fish it was. It was very good though as I took a few bites when she was not looking. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it oozed deliciousness. The asparagus were perfectly grilled and the almonds added a surprising texture.
My dish was pork chops served with watercress and a stuffed tomato. The pork chop was medium-rare with beautiful grilled marks. The watercress was simply prepared and very refreshing; the tomato savory and flavorful. Everything vanished off the plate fast.
Fontana was also a very pretty restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Local and farm fresh organic ingredients dominate the menu. The Northern Italian menu, features house-made pastas, wood-oven pizzas, grilled meats and fish.
My little one was surely impressed not only with the food but also with the cordial service and attentiveness of the entire staff.
1200 Anastasia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
* Menus are subject to change. Please check the restaurant’s website for updates *