I’m always excited when new things are tried, and especially with new restaurants, creative ideas are welcomed. That’s where this comes in: the opening of West Palm Beach’s Basque, a new restaurant at Hotel Biba. If you know the hotel, on the corner of east Belvedere Road and Olive Avenue, then you know it has a great cocktail lounge, a really nice outside area, and no restaurant.
Until now. This week, on March 22, Basque and Chef Miguel Angel Rebolledo will start serving food at Hotel Biba. It will be cooked in a mobile kitchen and will have indoor and outdoor seating in the 4,000-foot courtyard. Rebolledo comes here from Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar, and formerly worked for Spain’s most famous restaurant, El Bulli. He won multiple Miami-area awards, such as “Best Paella in Miami” (pictured is his Paella La Floridian), which means we are looking forward to the Spanish tapas dishes he will produce.
The bar will have cocktails, red, white and rose sangria, Spanish wine and frozen cocktails. It will also be the only place in the county for Spain’s Estrella beer. Plan to put this spot on your to-try calendar. Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, brunch through dinner, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Basque, 320 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach; complimentary valet
The Shake Up cocktails benefit you, and No Kid Hungry
In advance of the annual, popular fundraiser Palm Beach’s Taste of the Nation on April 5, a lot of area restaurants are featuring cocktails as part of The Shake Up competition. Part of the sale of these cocktails goes toward No Kid Hungry. The winner of the competition, the one who raises the most money, will take part in the Taste of the Nation event.
Because it’s Tuesday and it’s getting hotter, and we need something to get us to the weekend, here’s a photo preview of The Cooper’s featured cocktail, the Cooper Cooler. It looks quite refreshing and yummy and I’ll have two more, please. The Cooler is $12, and is a combo of honey, orange, lemon and St. Augustine vodka. The Cooper, 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
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. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.