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Given the woes of our economy and the trends towards casual dining, one might argue the art of fine dining is diminishing. We disagree. Exceptional food served in a very pleasant or unique setting will always create its own demand. Besides what better way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion than to spend the evening enjoying fine food, wine, family and friends?

So the question becomes where to go in Sarasota for a fine dining experience? 

There are many choices, one of my favorite “goto” places is Maison Blanche located on Longboat Key. 

The definition of fine dining varies. According to Wikipedia Fine dining can be defined as follows:

Fine dining restaurants are full service restaurants with specific dedicated meal courses. Décor of such restaurants feature higher quality materials with an eye towards the “atmosphere” desired by the restaurateur. The wait staff is usually highly trained and often wears more formal attire. Fine-dining restaurants are almost always small businesses and are generally either single-location operations or have just a few location

Our definition includes the following:

Food: High quality ingreadients, exceptionally prepared and presented
Decor: A plesant and inviting atmosphere conducive to dining, conversation,  comfort, and visually appealing
Service: Friendly, well versed on the menu items, attentive but not overly so, there when you need them

On a recent visit to Maison Blanche our fine dining definition was reinforced. Honestly from the outside of the restaurant one might think “what is so special about this place?” It has a  very unassuming presence. However once inside a transformation takes place and you realize something special awaits you. Using a black and white motif the decor is simple yet elegant.  White flowing sheers, white table linens, very comfortable black chairs, and black stone table adornments define the dining area. A perfect balance of elegance and simplicty; just the right showcase for the main attraction, the food.

Although Chef/Owner Jose Martinez hails from France and had restaurants in Paris and the south of France for a number of years, the menu is not classic French. Using classic French culinary techniques, adjusting for American tastes, and using sauces and seasonings to enhance the essence of the food, Jose Martinez, the James Beard Award nominated chef, consistently produces some of the finest dishes in Sarasota and dare I say all of Florida. Flavorful, tastefully presented, subtly seasoned the style is most definetly updated European; no heavy sauces here!

Keeping with the simple yet elegant theme, the service is friendly, efficient, most definitely well trained, and knowledgable. With an emphasis on making your experience enjoyable, the staff is attentive but unintrusive. Since the table is yours for the evening, there is no attempt to push the pace of dining and turn the table over to another party. Just sit back, take your time. and enjoy the entire dining experience.

The art of fine dining  is a delicate balance between quality food, an elegant decor, and outstanding service. A lofty goal often not consistely achieved, yet sought by many. Maison Blanche has mastered the art of fine dining. If you seek one of the best fine dining experiences on the Gulf Coast of Florida, make a reservation at Maison Blanche. Your taste buds will thank you!

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