Friday, February 3, 2023

Valentine’s Day Dining, Part I

Play culinary Cupid and take your valentine out for a nice V-Day meal at one of these fine local establishments. . .

Flee the office and head for The Office (201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/276-3600), where they’ll be dishing up a four-course, $60 prix fixe dinner (plus their regular menu) on both Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Look for dishes like lobster bisque with vanilla quenelle and caviar, pan-seared duck breast with grilled hearts of palm, and dark chocolate cake with raspberry glaze.

At Max’s Grille (404 Plaza Real, 561/368-0080) there’s a roster of a la carte dishes served on the Big Day. Dennis Max’s Mizner Park restaurant will be offering such delectables as jumbo shrimp cocktail, yellowtail snapper ceviche, steak tartare, lobster shepherd’s pie with a Parmesan crust, grilled Akaushi New York strip and shaved truffle butter, and giant triple-layer chocolate cake.

Tres elegant Cafe Boulud (301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, 561/655-6060) is offering up a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for $105 per person. Recently arrived chef Rick Mace will be serving up tastes like peekytoe crab salad with Florida grapefruit and marinated avocado, roasted Spanish turbot with creamy leeks and black truffle pommes dauphine, and milk chocolate heart with green cardamom-orange ice cream.

One of West Palm’s hippest eateries, The Backyard Bar (213 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/339-2444), is doing up V-Day with a three-course dinner for $99 per person, which includes a bottle of wine or bubbly and live jazz from PS Collective. Among the dishes on the menu will be oysters Rockefeller with arugula salad, sauteed salmon on baby spinach with lavender sauce, and strawberry panna cotta in a chocolate shell.

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