Eau Palm Beach’s reimagined Breeze Ocean Kitchen gives visitors a poolside dining option and offers locals an at-home escape.
It’s the sort of thing that out-of-towners can’t understand, but living in paradise doesn’t mean life is a year-round vacation. Sometimes we go weeks—maybe months—without seeing the ocean, even though it’s only a drive, walk or curtain draw away. The Eau Palm Beach fixes things for us locals who need a reminder that the beach is our backyard. With the rebranding of Breeze Ocean Kitchen at the Eau Palm Beach, dining can be done with a view of the water from under yellow-striped umbrellas, or from the bar under a GPS-controlled roof that moves with the sun.
Chef Kevin Knierieman leads the restaurant and worked with Eau Palm Beach’s executive chef, Josh Thomsen, to create a menu that offers a tropical fusion of Latin and Caribbean flavors. “We try not to use the same ingredient multiple times on the menu,” Knierieman says. “We strive to make everything in-house, and do not use cream or butter on any of our dishes.” He worked with the Eau for six years before becoming chef de cuisine for Breeze Ocean Kitchen. To kick off a dining experience, he suggests the ceviche, dressed in citrus, fresh black pepper and jalapeños. For the main dish, Knierieman says the mahi-mahi tacos are legendary. They come with a chayote slaw and chipotle aioli. Other notables include the Maine lobster roll and mojo Florida pink shrimp skewers.
Drinks and desserts
To continue the light, refreshing tone of the menu, Knierieman and Thomsen also created “Fr-eau-zen” desserts, like the key lime pops, and virgin or spiked milkshakes—The Lunch Box is a nonalcoholic shake that mixes vanilla bean ice cream, peanut butter and grape jelly while the Bahama Breeze mixes Malibu rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk and vanilla ice cream. At the bar, guests can also order local beers, craft cocktails or Champagne and wine by the glass or bottle.
When you visit
The Eau offers complimentary valet to diners at all four restaurants—Angle, which offers contemporary American cuisine; Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro, which speaks for itself; Stir Lounge, which serves cocktail party fare; and then Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Those looking to make a day of it might also explore the award-winning Eau Spa, which includes a garden, pools, hanging chairs, cabanas and plenty of the Eau’s signature cupcakes. Lunch or dinner might follow at Breeze Ocean Kitchen, which opens daily at 11 a.m. with the menu switching from lunch to evening tapas at 5 p.m.
(Photos by CAPEHART)