Whether your definition of a summer retreat is refreshing beverages and upbeat vibes or brunch and hookah, look no further than Paris Bistro Cafe & Lounge. This Smith Hill hot spot crept onto the scene just over a year ago dishing up Dominican fusion cuisine and has since crafted a menu around making sure there’s something for everyone.
From the Afro-beats and Reggaeton music playing to the lit-up Eiffel Tower wall art, I was struck by the lounge’s ambiance the moment I entered. Visiting with a friend, we pulled up seats at a high-top table, fully ready to unwind and indulge.
Browsing an extensive menu of global cocktails – from Spicy Margaritas to Champagne in Paris – we sought guidance from our friendly server Alejandra Rodriguez and bartender Kiara Guerrero, who were more than happy to recommend a few. At their heed, my friend went with a classic Piña Colada. She described the creamy pineapple bevvie that arrived as “the summer version of coquito,” a Puerto Rican
coconut rum cocktail.
For a zero-proof option, I went with the Virgin Victoria Secret Mojito, which was garnished and flavored with lime, mint, and strawberries. The essence of this refreshing drink is tropical beach vacation; I felt like I was relaxing on a towel rather than the middle of Providence.
Snapping back to reality, our entrees arrived. Just one bite of the Chofan was an experience – it delighted all the senses. I was enchanted by the vibrant color, floral aroma, and onion and ginger flavors. All the spices in this Dominican-style fried rice dish popped, and the chicken was pleasingly tender. I thanked myself later for saving leftovers to enjoy this elevated yet approachable dish at home.
Equally stunning in presentation was the Paris Chef’s Special, topped with a blue edible flower. This garlicky dish was made up of churrasco steak and sauteed vegetables, which were crisp and tender, served over mashed potatoes.
Last but certainly not least, the Tres Leches cake was our favorite. This moist, milky confection was topped with fresh strawberries and mango, adding a nice tang and a little extra sweetness to this already decadent dessert – vacation vibes from start to finish.
Throughout the whole visit, we danced in our seats, each song impossible to stay still to. Add Paris Bistro Cafe & Lounge to your list if you’re craving a summer nightlife destination with an upscale menu of DR fare and irresistible drinks.
Paris Bistro & Lounge • 375 Smith Street • 642-6342
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