Jean Paul's favors simplicity over innovation, but the lunch menu boasts two very creative sandwich ideas: a butifarra of house-roasted pork leg, sweet-potato rounds, red onions, mint salsa, and mayonnaise served on ciabatta, and on the same bread, a niçoise sandwich plied with all the namesake salad ingredients ($9 each). Lunch also brings a Black Angus burger on brioche ($12) and French lentil stew topped with farmed Scottish salmon ($15). As a rule, Desmaison tries to purchase his products a lot closer to Miami and goes organic when possible.
Pastry chef Lamyaa Samir thinks out-of-the-cake-box with a luscious pink peppercorn génoise: two thin squares of spiced pound cake layered with mascarpone cream and topped with more mascarpone and fresh figs. Another of the five desserts ($7 to $8), passionfruit tart, likewise impresses with a bronzed meringue cap and "piscojito" sauce made with mango, pisco, and mint.
The amiable staff works professionally. Except a forgotten empanada order on one visit, service was flawless. Guests are not only warmly greeted upon entering but also chaperoned to the door with an equally sincere departing salutation — and a heartfelt thanks for coming.