Named after her Grandfather, Vanesa Simons opens her first restaurant /cafe at 2010 in Buenos Aires – Argentina, only family and close friends could indulge in this much sweetness. The place called Chef Leon. Argentineans embraced their delicious and healthy menu which bring them to open their second location at Midtown Miami. Located at 118 Buena Vista Blvd. Vanesa Simons wants Chef Leon to be part of this tradition of “Homemade Food” and start living in the consciousness of abundance. This is a state of being, is not about how much you eat, or eating just because, its about nourishment, its about eating right most of the times, but sometimes going for the sweets always understanding that it cannot be all about chocolate all the time, its about balance & harmony within ourselves…It’s about smiling with every bite because “living abundantly” has to do with how we feel when we are lucky enough to eat well and share with others! Here is more information about Chef Leon :
According to New Times :
"The colorful, rustic-chic eatery took over the Bistro Cassis space and hired the French restaurant's chef, Giovanni Lopez. "I actually think I have the best chef in Miami but nobody knows him, which is good for me because I can afford him," Simons says. Prior to joining Simons and her team, Lopez trained with the company's corporate chef to expand his pastry skills. Now he and his kitchen team do all of the cooking and baking at the restaurant. There's truly a bit of everything here — from entire pies ($39.95 to $45) to creative cocktails and a food menu with mainly organic ingredients. Everything on the menu is available from open till close, meaning you can have an omelet of spinach, Parmesan cheese, and egg whites for dinner ($9). There's a plethora of sandwiches, wraps, and salads, as well as more chef-driven dishes. Lopez's specialties include the barley risotto ($16) and pan-seared mahi-mahi over organic quinoa with ratatouille and a berry sauce ($21.95). Dinner features a handful of special, and no dish exceeds $28" written by Valeria Nekhim.
According to Yelp :
"Great clean food. Had the yogurt, French toast, and eggs Benedict. The eggs were very good, prosciutto instead of the traditional approach, but they are generous with the amount so it's still meaty. The French toast was toasty and not too sweet. They use honey as syrup and it works very well. Yogurt seems like it's whipped and you can tell it's very fresh. Comes with an excellent granola mix. Priced very competitively, I see this place going far" written by Matthew (rated 5 stars).
"I've been to Chef Leon for Brunch and Dinner....and it's amazing!! You can taste the freshness of the food in every bite. Yesterday we tried their new dinner menu-wow! They use a secret sauce in their stake that is to die for. The mussels and the pasta was also delicious. Their prices and portions are great. Loved the bread and desserts...they are exceptional! I enjoyed the live DJ yesterday too. Vanesa, the owner, is warm and inviting...she made the experience a bonus. See you in a few days, Chef Leon!" written by V. G. (rated 5 stars).
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