A pair of celebrity chefs are raising the culinary bar in Delray with the release of new menus at two very different restaurants.
At the impossibly lovely and romantic Sundy House (106 S. Swinton Ave., 561/272-5678), exec chef (and former Top Chef contestant) Lindsay Autry has rolled out a menu that nods at always-popular Mediterranean flavors as well as those of the currently trendy South. Among the notable additions are crisp-fried branzino with grapefruit charmoula, roasted bone marrow with barbecued short rib and pickled shallots, grilled octopus with charred avocado and Spanish chorizo, and sweetbreads with braised veal cheek and Swank Farms heirloom beans.
Not to be outdone on the dessert side, pastry chef Sarah Sipe is dishing up some new sweet treats too. Like grilled corn pound cake with blackberries and candied almonds, milk chocolate and peanut butter devil’s food cake with banana ice cream and peanut brittle, even an artisan cheese plate (Yay!).
At hip, niteclubby 75 Main (270 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/243-7975), renowned SoFla chef-restaurateur Mark Militello has completed his menu makeover, and the touch of the man who’s as responsible as anyone for South Florida becoming a culinary destination is all over it.
The menu is divided into three sections: Share, Taste and Eat, i.e., sharing plates, appetizers and entrees. So under Share we get dishes like shisito peppers with Sea Hive cheese (rubbed with honey and sea salt), miso and toasted sesame; Tastes like sweet corn polenta with roasted mushrooms, truffle essence and shaved cheese; and entrees like black grouper with crabmeat and artichokes in saffron broth and diver scallops with lentil salad and pancetta chips.
If you want to read a little more about Mark’s new menu at 75 Main, check out the latest issue of the magazine. I wrote the review before the makeover was complete but you could instantly tell by taste and execution that someone with some serious chops was running things in the kitchen.