Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
For the most part, when you think Palm Beach, you think of elegant dining rooms filled with old men in blue blazers and crystal chandeliers. Not chill hangout spot.
is now offering an alternative to the stuffy old crowds of 'the island.' The spot recently updated its concept to include a lounge, small plates menu, and an extensive craft cocktail list.
The seafood restaurant and raw bar recently renovated the space to improve its lounge. The owners wanted to create a space that encourages people to relax and hang out. According to partner Thierry Beaud, "We are constantly evolving. We decided to take out the old couches and turn the area into more of a bar. The area was a nice place to wait before, but we wanted to give the space more a lounge feel."
In addition to the lounge the spot updated its menu to include small plates and bar snacks. Dishes like the $14 Oshi Tuna Roll, the $14 Mahi Mahi lettuce wraps, and the $15 white tuna tartare were added to encourage sharing at the bar. The seafood-based menu also includes a Sea-Cuterie board (Choice of three for $16, six for $29) with options ranging from salmon pastrami to smoked mahi fish dip to octopus torchon.
Mixologist and Assistant Manager Nick Scalisi put together the cocktail list, which features a wide array of fresh herbs, muddled fruits, and infusions. Drinks like the Thyme After Thyme ($14) with Ketel One vodka, lemon juice, and fresh thyme infusion and Watermelon S.O.B. ($14) with Patron Silver, muddled watermelon, cilantro, and soda pull from a wide array of flavors and garnishes.
On Saturday nights the spot is now hosting Saturday Nights in the Lounge. Starting at 9:00pm, the bar features a wide variety of live music--ranging from gypsy flamenco guitarists to Latin house DJs--and frequent liquor tastings. The vibe is a stark departure from the expected stuffy Palm Beach crowds--although, it wouldn't be Palm Beach without a couple Cougars and Blue Blazers.