Le Zoo

By: Dana Rozansky

Bal Harbour Shops is a sprawling, gorgeous mecca that draws in throngs of serious shoppers from near and far. A fashionista’s first time at Bal Harbour Shops is somewhat of a religious experience. It goes a little something like this: Say a little prayer (for sales, of course), Shop til’ you drop, then mutter a quick, “Forgive me father for I have sinned!”

So while I can certainly appreciate the finer things in life, I’ve always been much more excited by cuisine than couture. I’ll take pizza over Prada, ganache over Gucci, and charcuterie over Chanel any day. That being said, my visits to Bal Harbour Shops are typically filled with French eats, rather than French designs. And in pure Bal Harbour Shops fashion (pun intended), they only mess with the best of the best: Stephen Starr’s Le Zoo.

In the same way fashionistas are always looking out for the latest boutiques and trends, I’m always on the hunt for my new favorite brunch spot. The best part? Brunch is ALWAYS in season. So when I found out about Le Zoo’s Saturday & Sunday brunch, I was psyched.

If there’s one word that comes to mind when thinking of Le Zoo’s brunch, it’s decadence. Quite unlike your average zoo, everything at this establishment seems to be the crème de la crème, designed to make you ooh and aah at every turn. From the simple yet sophisticated décor, to the waiters’ crisp uniforms to the perfectly plated dishes, you’re bound to feel like quite a classy broad (or gent).  Now forget what I just said about being a classy broad, because feeding time at the zoo could turn any lady into an animal. While we started out light with crudité, smoked salmon and chilled cucumber soup, we quickly picked up steam with some heartier brunch helpings...straight through to dessert. Our philosophy? Treat yourself – because brunch only happens once (or twice) a weekend… Take a look at some of our feeding time favorites:

Eggs benedict

Eggs benedict

smoked salmon tartine

smoked salmon tartine

lobster tartine

lobster tartine

truffled mushroom tart

truffled mushroom tart

french toast

french toast

meyer lemon tart

meyer lemon tart

So next time you’re thinking of a shopping spree at Bal Harbour, consider putting your money where your mouth is… at Le Zoo.