4

Geoffrey Zakarian's Point Royal Opens This Weekend at Hollywood's Diplomat Beach Resort

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Geoffrey Zakarian’s latest concept, Point Royal, is slated to open Sunday, February 12, at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. The restaurant is the fifth concept to launch as part of the property's estimated $100 million renovation.

In 2015, the team at the Diplomat recruited Zakarian and several other nationally recognized chefs to help rebrand its dining venues, including the new steakhouse Diplomat Prime and the soon-to-open Monkitail.

The Chopped judge and Iron Chef winner is chef/partner at the Lambs Club and the National in New York City, as well as at the Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City. Zakarian is also the author of Town/Country: 150 Recipes for Life Around the Table and host of the Sirius XM radio show Food Talk, which premiered at the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Zakarian tells New Times he hopes to elevate the Broward food scene through his new restaurant and bar, Point Royal, which he describes as a modern take on a coastal-influenced brasserie.

"South Florida has earned a reputation over the last few years for its growing food scene. The quality and accessibility is something we've really seen take off in places like Miami Beach, but with a more recent push farther north into places like Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach," Zakarian says. "With Point Royal, we're trying to bring a new level of sophistication to Hollywood and Hallandale Beach."

Point Royal will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. When it launches this weekend, the restaurant will also give patrons a chance to indulge in the property's only raw bar, offered alongside a menu reflecting Zakarian's brand of modern American cuisine, complemented by a central bar preparing juice-based cocktails while also boasting the resort's largest wine list.

Expect to find Zakarian's version of the lobster roll, prepared with his own mustard-mayo blend, on the Point Royal menu.
Expect to find Zakarian's version of the lobster roll, prepared with his own mustard-mayo blend, on the Point Royal menu.
Photo courtesy of Food Network

Although the final details are still under wraps, a sneak peek at Point Royal's opening menu outlines raw bar items with a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters and littleneck clams on the half-shell. Raw marinated items include a choice of Colorado lamb or tuna tartare; hamachi crudo with cranberry relish, cucumber, and apple; and marinated bay scallops in a melon broth.

Several seafood towers, ranging in price from $45 to $165, will offer everything from oysters and poached prawn to cold-poached lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, and stone crab claws.

The menu continues with small plates, available for $14 to $25 apiece, including ricotta-and-blue-crab dumplings accented with celery and caviar in a lemon-butter fondue, and a Louisiana-style seafood gumbo with shrimp, crab, and oysters. Grilled items, priced at $19 to $36, might feature spiced Chatham-sourced cod, Florida snapper, and Atlantic-caught tuna, as well as a prime flatiron steak or organic heritage chicken.

Main plates will give guests a true taste of Zakarian's cuisine. Priced at $27 to $35, dishes include shrimp 'n' grits featuring house-made shrimp andouille sausage, artisan Anson Mills grits, and pickled mushrooms; a chowder of roasted diver scallops and smoked fish seasoned with fennel; pomegranate-glazed short ribs; and a butter-poached lobster roll.

"This restaurant is everything I love, with a tremendous push for some of the freshest and most sophisticated seafood available in South Florida," Zakarian says. "Point Royal will be a comfortable eatery that really functions on a number of different levels, from breakfast and take-out to dinner and cocktails at the bar, with exceptional quality and a beautiful, vibrant atmosphere."

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.