Lebanese Dishes Star at Amar, New Restaurant on Atlantic Ave

Amar on Atlantic Avenue; photo by Emiliano Brook

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; amardelray.com

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. https://www.restaurantji.com/fl/palm-beach/cafe-boulud-/

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