Sunday, March 3, 2024

Lebanese Dishes Star at Amar, New Restaurant on Atlantic Ave

Beginning on Jan. 28, you can order classic cold and hot mezze like hummus, labneh, fattoush, kibbeh, falafel, spinach fatayer, a variety of grilled meats, kebabs, fresh fish, and signature dishes like stuffed eggplant and homemade desserts at the new Amar restaurant on East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

It’s just a few spots east of the iPic theater, and is owned by Nicolas Kurban, who has made a long career of opening big-name restaurants (for others) all over the world.

He’s decided it’s time to open something for him. The Boca Raton resident says Amar Mediterranean Bistro will “share a bit of the food I grew up eating in my father’s restaurant.”

The 60-seat venue (with 12 seats outside) offers handmade pita bread cooked in the wood-burning oven. Nicolas says, “Seasonal vegetables and healthy grains are central to the Mediterranean lifestyle, so more than 30 percent of our menu is vegan including several of our homemade desserts.” With an emphasis on sharing dishes, “the ‘Taste of Amar’ menu leaves the ordering to the chef.” 

Amar Mediterranean Bistro, 522 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 561/865.5653;

New executive chef takes reins at Café Boulud

After saying goodbye to longtime Chef Rick Mace, who is now heading up his new BBQ venture (Tropical Smokehouse), Café Boulud is introducing Executive Chef Dieter Samijn to the team. 

Samijn was executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York City, so he’s familiar with the company, and loves French cuisine and charcuterie. His first menu will launch in February. 

Café Boulud, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-6060.

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Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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