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EatBeat: Eggsotic’s Grand Opening in Palm Beach Shows off New Tapas Menu

March 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Brothers Leonardo and Luis Espin, originally of Venezuela, roll out their new small-plate dinner menu Thursday in their 3-month-old Eggsotic Palm Beach bistro. The plates are based on the classic elements: earth, water, wind and fire.

“It will be tapas-style, but not traditional tapas,” chef Leonardo Espin said. “We’ll have fois gras, quail and snapper – as well as tofu – not the tapas most people think of,” he said. A Spanish fusion is their style, with influences from Peru – a melting-pot cuisine that resembles the U.S. plate.

“I don’t like to say Spanish cuisine, because people here think only of paella and shrimp. Lamb, salmon, short ribs – all these are on the menu. We’ll have Serrano ham, too – and some traditional tapas, but most will have our stamp on them – something a little different.” Curry shrimp, goat cheese, braised short ribs all are planned.

Sharing with a group is the goal

“We’ve structured it so people can come in and enjoy a glass of wine and try two or three small plates and it won’t cost them $300 to sample different things. It’s like Spain’s taverns, where you go with a group and share,” Espin said. Plates will run $7 to $14. The wine list leans heavily on South American wines, but some Spanish and U.S. labels are on it as well.

“We’ll start out with a Flamenco night, and every Thursday we’ll have Flamenco and guitarists. I am planning on live music Friday and Saturday, too, but we’re still working on that.”

The move from West Palm Beach

Eggsotic had already made a name for itself in the former dry-cleaner location on Okeechobee west of I-95. The unique breakfast items – tiramisu French toast,  duck breast Benedicts, and fruity pancakes among others – and lunches caught the eye of critics and diners from around the county. They will continue to serve those meals in the new locale along with Sunday brunch.

The condo board at Sun and Surf in Palm Beach offered the Espin men the chance to operate a restaurant formerly opened only to the residents. “They allowed us to open to the public, and it’s a free-standing building. We’ll be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner here – as well as Sunday brunch.”

The chance to expand to a dinner menu appealed to the duo and they opened December 24 last year. “We’re still working on it, but it’s been good,” Espin said.

Look for the yellow umbrellas to find the building at The Garden Club condominium – it’s across the street from Green’s Pharmacy parking lot. A sign law in Palm Beach prevents an outdoor sign on the building.

Eggsotic Palm Beach

  • 140 Sunrise, Palm Beach
  • (561) 623-7553
  • Grand opening: March 25, 7 p.m.
  • Open: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch at 7 a.m.

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scott Simmons // Mar 25, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Hope this space is a little larger than the one on Okeechobee! Nothing beats their breakfasts — especially that duck breast Benedict!

  • 2 patty // Mar 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Love getting these little morels of culinary info. Great and thanks!

  • 3 Tory // Jul 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    PB Eggsotic closed. SO sad. Loved the Tomato Benedict. Hope they find a new location soon.

  • 4 jp // Aug 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    these guys are thiefs they dont know how to cook there emplyees do all the work and they dont like to pay there emplyees

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