Approachable French cuisine is what the veteran Orlando restaurateurs behind this brasserie in downtown's Bank of America building were aiming for when they opened DoveCote in 2016. And they've succeeded, in spades. The perfect start to both lunch and dinner is a bowl French onion soup - a most staid offering for a French restaurant but one that's done to perfection here with just the right amount of bone marrow in the savory mix. Other classics on the menu include the hearty Steak Frites, Croque Monsieur sandwiches and, bien sur, artisanal cheese plates for desert. And if seafood is your thing, you'll love the raw bar's spread of oysters, shrimp and crab legs. DoveCote also offers cafe-style breakfasts that draw young professionals on morning meetings, with authentic French pastries and barista-made espresso drinks served in the building's open lobby. And the restaurant's ambiance? Nothing short of beautiful, with soaring ceilings, whitewashed exposed brick walls and a palette of soft blues, golds and grays that feels tres francais indeed.
By Terry Ward
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390 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA