Love Affair

BY Caroline Perrott | February 7, 2019 | Feature Features

Love is in the air this February, and cupid's spell has us deeply enthralled with these popular dishes from Palm Beach's busy kitchens. They are doling out curated menus with classics that had big showings in the past, sure to prove that food is truly the way to one's heart.
Duck bao buns at The Breakers

A rustic favorite, Grato’s menu is chock-full of handmade pastas and wood-fired pies perfect for date night. Stay classic for V-day with a margherita pizza ($17), or meatballs topped with Parmesan polenta and broccoli rabe pesto ($14). Other dishes in close second to classics are the Sunday Gravy ($20) and Bucatini Carbonara ($19.50). Finish off the meal with decadent chocolate cake. 1901 S. Dixie Highway, 561.404,1334

The sophisticated-casual dinning experience at Buccan makes it another favorite spot for tapas lovers, but, here, you get way more than the average small plate. Try the eatery’s savory short rib empanadas ($6.50 per piece), sweet corn agnolotti with two-person portion option ($15; $30) or the tuna crisps with wonton and avocado ($17). For dessert? Nothing says love like chocolate chip cookies! 350 S. County Road, 561.833.3450

In the mood for something a little more exotic? Head next door from Buccan, and opt for Imoto’s menu of sushi and more. Get the Peking duck tacos with plum sauce, sesame and carrots ($17); or the tuna foie slider, served with mango salsa ($16) for a fusion flavor; or stick with the hamachi sashimi crudo ($18) for classic Japanese flavor. 350 S. County Road, 561.833.5522

Café Boulud
Escape to a foreign land with Café Boulud’s Brazilian Court, historic terrace and three-course prix fixe dinner ($125), the quintessential backdrop for the romantic day. Start with smoked salmon, carrot-ginger and tuna tartare. Next, enjoy duck and foie gras ballotine with pistachio; and finish off the meal with Meyer lemon cappellini with caviar. For your sweet tooth, shared petits fours are offered, perfect for two lovebirds! 301 Australian Ave., 561.655.6060

The Breakers
Both Seafood Bar and HMF are the perfect places to go for the romantic holiday, offering many shareable plates with a variety of flavors. Chef recommends the duck bao buns from HMF for a savory fill and a lighter tuna tartare tostada or lump crabcakes from the Seafood Bar. 1 S. County Road, 561.290.0104

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