Located on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables,Angelique Euro Cafe
is both cool and a pleasurable place to eat. There's ample illumination, comfortable spacing between tables, and live entertainment (that takes requests), but the most enticing aspect of the restaurant is the decently priced four-course prix fixe menu.
The idea is simple. You can either go the a la carte route, with starters ($8 to $12), soup & salad ($5 to $14), and entrees ($16 to $28), or try the prix fixe which works out between $26 and $38; basically, tack on $10 to any entree and you arrive at the four-course price. If you want a soup or salad off the a la carte menu, simply pay the difference.
The prix fixe can include the montadito del dia ($6 on its own) -- always a Spanish bruschetta (four pieces) that changes toppings depending upon the freshest ingredients (i.e.: prosciutto) -- and a bowl of tomato soup ($5 on its own) or petite house salad ($5 on its own), and dessert ($5 to $7 on its own). There is no printed dessert menu, as four to five selections are chef's choice -- among them red velvet cake and crème brulee.
The day I was there, the bruschetta was a simple offering with diced tomatoes on top of a crisp slice of baguette brushed with olive oil and seasoned. The tomato soup has a rich consistency and is flavored well with onions, garlic, and tarragon.
The lobster ravioli entree(which brought the prix fixe price to $30) is made in-house and topped with a creamy creole tomato sauce. When owner Carlos Rossi was asked the ingredients, he replied, "Now I can't tell you that." The sauce isn't overpowering or spicy and adds an element of texture and taste to the dish, which also includes grilled jumbo shrimp and parmesan cheese.
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As dessert, we chose the crème brulee. It wasn't decked out with berries or a cookie and didn't really need it. It was light with palate-pleasing clean taste and texture.
It is worth noting that Angelique Euro Cafe also offers a $17, three-course prix fixe menu for lunch. There is also a $3 charge for sharing.
Says Rossi, "We're a neighborhood place responding to the people who come here."