What’s the vibe?

Easily the best-looking restaurant in Brooklyn, Maison Premiere is one of those places that makes you feel better as soon as you enter. With an artfully distressed New Orleans vibe more than certainly ‘borrowed’ from the legendary Napoleon House in the French Quarter, the choice seats in the house are up at the horseshoe shaped bar, although there is a beautiful little garden out back too. It’s chock full of ‘old stuff’, with vintage light fixtures, scuffed furniture, wooden ceiling fans, and, old tin-framed mirrors; even the host is decked out in a three piece suit and bow tie. All in all, it’s bloody charming and we love it.

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What to order?

Maison Premiere specialises in two things, oysters and absinthe, so you can imagine how things could turn out here. With over 30 types of oyster to choose from, this place is an absolute dream if you’re an oyster fan – in fact one of our favourite things to do is just pop in for a few of the little molluscs and a glass of fizz up at the bar. There is a whole host of other great things to choose from though and we can definitely recommend the sea urchin with butternut broth and the incredible trout with burnt butter sauce and pecans. Don’t forget about dessert either – the cheesecake with warm chocolate ganache poured over is an absolute winner.

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