After a long day of work or during a night out with friends, it’s truly breathtaking to immerse yourself in the calming yet upbeat secret garden in West Palm Beach. Under the hanging ivory and between a jungle of leafy monsteras, enjoy contemporary American bistro fare in the botanical dining room of Sourbon Kitchen + Bar, newly opened in October.
From the moment you spot the restaurant on Clematis Street, you’ll be entranced by the gorgeous lighting as raindrop-like chandeliers shine onto tabletops. Tall potted plants stand along walls covered in their leaf-motif to the
right while an industrial-chic amber-lit long bar bustles to the left. It’s the canopy above, however, with greenery and flowering tendrils, that complete the mystical-forest feeling of the restaurant.
When you’re done fawning over the atmosphere, drinks are in order. For a refreshing start, the Cilantro Collins is like a bright Moscow Mule made with gin instead of vodka and the addition of cilantro. A bar favorite, however, is the Lavender Martini, served with a sprig of fresh lavender.
An absolute must-order is the burrata. The garlic crostini is crisp on the outside while maintaining soft on the inside, and the milky burrata pairs well with the salty black olive tapenade. This is a perfect combination on its own, not to mention the peppery arugula, juicy blistered tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and house red wine balsamic glaze.
“Eating healthy is also eating clean,” Vorobyeva says. “We eliminate artificial and processed ingredients and use organic, local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. We’re always playing with new ingredients to stay on top of what’s fresh and in-season.”
With the mains, we recommend ordering the Mezcaloma; it’s not too sweet, and the smokey profile and acidity pairs nicely with any meat dish. Sourbon’s lamb chops are expertly seasoned with its cool mojito drizzle and crisp green beans, while the Salmon A La Granchio is fall-apart juicy, and its minted mango beurre blanc complementing the garlic spinach and gratin potatoes.
If you’ve saved room for dessert, Vorobyeva’s favorite is the Strawberry Gazpacho with house-made ice cream.
After a delicious and filling dinner, do not forget to stop upstairs for a nightcap in the speakeasy before grabbing a few more Instagram-worthy photos on the way out.
Photos by South of Southern