Nestled between a smoothie shop and a pizzeria is Aventura’s latest addition: La Boulangerie Boul’Mich (20475 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura), a French- and South American-inspired café. The eatery opened its doors about a month ago with freshly baked breads and pastries, made-to-order dishes, and an atmosphere that takes diners out of a strip mall and into a quaint, European-style brasserie.
The idea behind La Boulangerie is simple. Co-owner Avy Cohen wanted to create an eatery where guests could dine in leisurely fashion on great food.“I knew there was really no place where you could sit with the type of ambiance we offer and enjoy a cup of coffee or fresh baked goods,” says Cohen. He handcrafted everything from the décor to the recipes. La boulangerie is French for bakery and Boul’Mich stands for Boulevard Saint-Michelle, one of two major streets in the Latin Quarter in Paris.
“You really do feel like you’re in a completely different place when you walk inside,” says Cohen. “There’s some French and Latin American influences, mixed with a cozy and vintage feel.”
The brasserie is open for breakfast through dinner, and offers a wide selection of delicately handmade dishes. From signature eggs benedictine with bacon over a toasted muffin and a side of toasted tomato and asparagus for breakfast, salade niçoise with fresh spinach, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and white tuna for lunch or the grilled brie and roasted almonds sandwich with romaine lettuce and raspberry jam for dinner, the selection is impressive.
“The variety of our products make us a very different place,” says Cohen. “We're trying to go against the fast food concept by having people go back to their roots of slowly enjoying meals with friends.”
But if you’re like many of us and find yourself on-the-go and looking for a quick fix, La Boulangerie's pastry can easily be taken to-go. Fresh tequeños and danesas, empanadas and pan de migas, key lime pies, chocolate truffle cakes and fruit tarts, and about eight different croissant flavors including plain, Nutella, guava and cheese, and almond are just part of what they offer on a daily basis. Freshly made baguettes are also available for takeaway.
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Just a fair warning: as charming as this hole-in-the-wall bakery may be, it can get a bit pricey. While pastries and coffees cost a few dollars, meals average about $13 per person. But if you have a few extra dollars to spare, swing by this picturesque cafe — it’s probably one of Aventura’s best secrets.