The former personal chef for Tiger Woods gave up the private chef road and went commercial. The result is Kitchen restaurant in West Palm Beach.
Kitchen opened October 4 by chef Matthew Byrne, with front of house run by Aliza Byrne, his spouse. Opening night had seats filled by food lovers who know the chef by reputation and went to support him.
“Our motto is ‘Keep it Simple;’ buy the freshest ingredients and cook them minimally,” Aliza said. “We wanted a restaurant that reflected how we live and entertain and cook at home. We want this to have the same feeling as walking into a dinner party, and walking out with an experience.”
The space at the corner of Dixie Highway and Belvedere Road used to be Vagabondi. “Carlos wanted out of his lease to do other things, so we bought out his lease, and bought all his fixtures. We completely reworked the space,” she said. “We found a storage space in the back that we added drywall to and finished out – it’s at the back of the kitchen and is now the Chef’s Table. Private parties of up to 10 people can book the table where we serve a four-course chef’s tasting menu for $60 per person.”
The food is comfort-style with a touch of French influences that the chef picked up working in Philadelphia. Roast chicken, and veal loin chops are among the standards on the menu.
“It’s simple food, but people are loving it,” Aliza said. The chef’s signature dish is chicken schnitzel – a pounded and sauteed chicken breast with radish, sweet onion, arugula, mushrooms and a fried egg over all. Crab cakes with corn relish and aioli, a tuna tartare terrine, and a prosciutto and asparagus appetizer grace the menu that changes often.
“We’re so lucky right now to get heirloom tomatoes from Walter at Farmhouse Tomatoes (in Lantana). We’re trying to use as much locally grown produce as possible, but all good quality products. All our chickens are Murray chickens with no hormones or antibiotics; we use Bush Brothers’ prime beef.
A beet dish features blue cheese sandwiched between slices of roasted red beets with microgreens and a walnut oil dressing.
A dessert medley recently included a chocolate mousse, strawberry shortcake and creme brulee.
“We have a nice wine list, all boutique items,” Aliza said. She’s a stickler for staff training and has an employee handbook and training manual for the staff.
“Great food is nothing without great service,” she said. “We’ve got it all.”
Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only; in season, Mondays may be added. “Because of our parking lot, we’re not allowed to serve lunch,” she said.
- 319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
- 561-249-2281; www.kitchenpb.com or facebook.com/kitchenpb
- Open Tuesday-Saturday, dinner only, from 6 to 10 p.m. Reservations suggested.