We had the good fortune of connecting with Aboud Kobaitri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aboud, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success is my constant desire to create a new and ever changing menu. I have always had an abundance of specials and even our regular menu changes almost nightly to allow myself to incorporate the new creations I am always exploring. The other factor I believe is behind my success is never compromising on quality or taking shortcuts. Regardless of what situation is thrown at us I will not compromise the quality of food we bring to our customers. When things are difficult it is easy to take short cuts or use lesser products but it is during the hard times when I believe we have to maintain the level of quality we are known for.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My restaurant is an 84 seat bistro in a strip plaza which we have been operating for more than 27 years. After moving to France at the age of 18, I worked as an apprentice in Paris with a chef/proprietor for 5 years. I then moved to Oslo, Norway where I attended culinary school. It was there I met My wife, Lori, a native Floridian. After working in South Florida restaurants for 10 years we opened La Brochette Bistro in 1993 and have never looked back. It has never been easy, that word does not exist in the restaurant business. What is extremely rewarding is the appreciation from our customers, old and new throughout the years, many of which have become life-long friends. What I would tell the world about my story is come in and discover our restaurant, it is a window into my soul
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Because I own a restaurant, my down time is limited. When we do get out to Miami Beach we are always happy (especially my wife) at The Bazaar by Jose Andres. I would also recommend Byblos Restaurant while in Miami Beach. In Pembroke Pines, I frequent Golden Marque, and perhaps in my opinion the best Chinese food is Mainland China in Coral Springs. Often when I eat out I am that person who looks for hidden gems. The restaurants I frequent are small chef proprietors in little hard to find places. One that comes to mind is Dragon City in Hollywood. The latter would be a short drive from the Hard Rock Casino and hotel which I would recommend on a visit to the area. One of my hobbies is photography so I would recommend a drive to the everglades for some great wildlife shots. And finally, A weekend at the Biltmore Hotel along with their Sunday brunch never disappoints.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Obviously I could not do any of this without the support of my wife and business partner Lori. She my biggest fan and has helped me to follow my creative dreams of having my own restaurant.
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