Charlotte has seen a number of highly anticipated restaurant openings over the past few years, including Haberdish and Haymaker (two personal favorites). Recently, La Belle Helene, an upscale French brasserie, opened its doors in Uptown Charlotte. Last week I ventured into the city for dinner with a few friends, following La Belle Helene’s opening on July 31st. I had high expectations for the restaurant, and let’s just say I’m already planning my next visit! My experience was so great that I only managed to take one photo...oops. See more photos in this article by Charlotte Agenda and this article by the Charlotte Business Journal.
First, the decor. When can I move in?
Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Charlotte anymore. Once inside La Belle Helene, I was transported from Charlotte, North Carolina to Paris, France in an instant. Over the past few months I’ve seen photos following the progress of La Belle Helene. The interior looked truly incredible, and now having been in the space, I can say photos quite don’t do it justice. It’s a space you have to experience yourself. Every spot inside was meticulously designed, including the bar, main dining area, and even the restrooms. Outside is a gorgeously designed patio, which will be in full use once cooler weather arrives. The overall atmosphere added a relaxed yet luxurious vibe to the dining experience, and has me now finding excuses to go back. There are a number of private dining rooms, which are ideal for any celebratory event. Or simply a family dinner with some added privacy!
Second, the meal.
Since I was with a large group and we wanted to try nearly everything on the menu, we ordered as a table and shared plates. Here’s what we tried:
Onion soup gratinée (a few of us tried this)
Baked scottish salmon
Grilled pork chops
Buttered haricot verts
Warm dark chocolate mousse
Baba au rhum
While I’m so glad we ordered this way for our first visit, and everything was delicious, there were a few plates that stood out to me. Mainly, the tart flambee, half rotisserie, and profiteroles. I’d also love to try the salade vegetarienne and the oysters!
Overall, I’d definitely recommend La Belle Helene based on my meal, the impeccable service, and the atmosphere. They also serve brunch and lunch, with different menus for each. Reservations can be made via OpenTable, which I’d highly recommend. They also host private parties and events. Based off the decor and incredible food, I see La Belle Helene becoming a go to for Charlotteans and visitors alike.