If you’ve never had the French pastry Galette des Rois, you’re in for a sublime treat. The galette des rois, celebrating Epiphany, the day the Three Kings (les rois) visited the infant Jesus, is baked throughout January in France. And it’s available by special order this month only in Miami from Semilla French Bistro and Wine Bar, now taking its place among French restaurants Miami. Semilla Miami’s Executive Chef and Owner Frederic Joulin is not only a master in French cuisine, but also an applauded pastry chef. Born in Paris, his extensive pedigree includes helming the kitchen for French President Jacques Chirac and the three-Michelin-star Guy Savoy. He’s offering the Galette to launch the reimagining of his South Beach restaurant into a French Bistro and Wine Bar along with a market for takeout, scheduled for January 28.
First, about the galette. Composed of two circles of puff pastry sandwiching a divine frangipani filling, each comes with a crown and always has a trinket, called a fève, or bean, baked into it. if your slice has the fève, you get the crown and the right to be king or queen for the day. It’s delivered with panache, making for a lovely gift as well. Check out the video. Orders require 1-2 days advance notice and the price is $40 (serving 6 to 8 people).
Beginning January 28, Semilla French Bistro opens for lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 11 am to 11 pm. Plat du Jour classics rotate throughout the week for both lunch and dinner. Apero is offered daily 5 to 8 pm, with wine and light bites for $5, $6, $7 and $8.
New menu standouts include Oignon Soup au Gratin, traditional baked French onion soup with Gruyère; Steak Au Poivre, torched cognac pepper steak; and Escargots au beurre d’ail Persille, snails sautéed in parsley, tomato and garlic butter served with a sliced baguette. For a true “ohh la la” effect, experience the Steak Tartare prepared tableside.