Banana Cafe; Key West, FL

Banana Cafe
 
1215 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-7227
http://www.bananacafekw.com/

I am excited to finally sit down and write about the Banana Café. This one has been in my back pocket since December when Mr. Foodie and I ate here while on vacation in Key West. It was, hands down, the most delicious experience we had in a while. We walked out of the Banana Cafe totally fulfilled and dreaming of our next visit.

Our Experience

Banana Café is a French bistro restaurant with an inviting atmosphere. After all, can you be snooty in Key West and survive? I don’t think so. The service was impeccable and our waitress was thoroughly knowledgeable of the menu and what each dish was, how it was made and served. This is what you want in your wait staff, so other restaurants, please take note.

In a video on their website, Dominique Falkner, executive chef, explains his food philosophy. He says that “great food starts with fresh, seasonal produce” and that “cooking is an extension of your personality, that reflects who you are”. Indeed. When you get your food, it’s obvious that this philosophy shines through in that the food is fresh and the menu boasts unique, creative dishes mixed with traditional French fair.

What We Ate

Baguette and olive oil with butter and herbs. A double-whammy of fatty goodness! Also, unique. I’ve never seen a pat of warm butter sitting in a little bowl of olive oil.

Soup du jour which was a beautiful butternut squash soup garnished with toasted almonds. If this is wrong, then I apologize. I need to start writing this stuff down. But this is what I remember, and it was out of this world.

Mr. Foodie had the seafood crepe, and I had the pan-seared tuna niciose. The seafood crepe is pictured at the top of the post. The scallops were huge and tasty. My tuna was perfectly rare under the sear and was quite delicious.

Crème brûlée, of course. Crunchy on top, creamy on bottom.

For drinks we had good old H2O. Trust me when I say we didn’t need to consume more alcohol at that point.

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