Luna Cafe Shines on Clematis

The culinary mix in West Palm Beach just got a bit broader with the debut of the restaurant at Luna Lounge (207 Clematis St., 561/629-5241), dishing up authentic Turkish cuisine by chef Rauf Ziya, formerly of Anatolia in Boca Raton.

Proprietor Osman Mehter opened the next-door niteclub on Halloween but just recently cranked up the dining side of the operation. It’s a surprisingly elegant space, long and narrow, with terra cotta tile floor, ornate chandeliers, a small bar up front and tiny stage complete with grand piano in the rear.

The menu reprises such crowd-pleasing classics as hummus, babaganoush and baklava, along with dishes like Chicken Adana (spiced ground chicken made into kabobs and grilled) and Guvec (lamb and vegetable casserole topped with cheese). Appetizers average $6 and entrees $15.

The restaurant at Luna Lounge is open for dinner daily, with a 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour.