I had the opportunity to attend a blogger event at Saquella recently to be introduced to some new items that are being added to their menu so I can share them with you.
As many of you know, I spend a lot of time in the Downtown Boca area, particularly in Royal Palm Place and Mizner Park where I conduct my culinary tours. Saquella, located in Royal Palm Place, is the go-to-place for friends to gather for coffee and breakfast and a leader in the culinary scene here in Boca since they opened their doors back in 2005. They are recognized as a leader because of their philosophy which has been from the start and continues to be that they are always looking for new ways to innovate and evolve.
When Saquella first opened, the concentration was on their superior blends of coffee, innovative drinks and highly skilled baristas. They prided themselves on this and created the tagline, “Your First Cup of Coffee & Much More…” 12 years later, they have evolved into a full service breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner restaurant. While still providing the same quality drinks that they became known for, they are getting the word out that they are so much more. While Saquella has always been farm to table long before that name became in vogue, they developed a new tagline to better reflect the Cafe’s evolution and current offerings, “Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop…”
Saquella has always drawn an International clientele and has become a landmark at the plaza, along with its neighbor across from them, Biergarten Boca. There’s a good chance if you live in Boca or travel to this area that you’ve been to Saquella, but what you many not know is that they are open for dinner and they have a full liquor license. Yep, you heard (well, technically read, correct). Myself and my fellow food bloggers were treated to several dishes prepared by Saquella’s Executive Chef Dave Fogel.
To get the night started off, we were each served a Cran Martini. It felt like we were celebrating Thanksgiving for a moment. What a lovely hue of red and what a novel idea of serving fresh cranberries in a cocktail in the Spring. I loved the tartness that the fresh cranberries provided. This martini drank like a Cosmo. I would highly recommend it.
The above dishes were not only gorgeous to look at and photograph, but each and every one of them was incredibly flavorful. I enjoyed them all. They all make for great sharing plates. The Shakshuka had melted mozzarella, which is something owner Avi had decided to add and boy are we glad he did. This addition took an already pretty awesome dish and elevated it to the next level Yum!
Again, aren’t these plates just gorgeous? The Sunflower seed crusted chicken was cooked to perfection and topped with an Ammoglio, an Italian version of salsa which was drizzled with a garlic confit. The Quinoa Crusted was delicious as was the beet purée found underneath. The short ribs had been cooked for 6 hours which imparted an amazing flavor and were fork tender. The asparagus asiago risotto was cooked to perfection and wonderful!
Peach Cobbler French Toast made with Challah bread with peaches baked into the bread
Saquella is open 7 days a week, Mon – Sat 7am – 10pm & Sun 10am – 4pm.
They are located in Royal Palm Place, 410 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton. You can visit their website or call (561) 338-8840.
Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is one of the fabulous restaurants in the Rapoport Restaurant Group led by veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport, who has been positively influencing the palates of South Floridians and visitors alike for over 30 years. Rapoport’s collection of restaurants currently include Bogart’s Bar & Grille on the second level of the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, Delray’s Deck 84 along the intracoastal in Delray Beach, Henry’s in the Shoppes at Addison Place on Jog Road in Delray, Burt & Max’s and Apeiro Kitchen in the Delray Marketplace (Apeiro also recently opened in Miami) and opening this fall, Rappys Deli in Boca Raton. Rapoport also co-owns Max’s Grille in Mizner Park in Downtown Boca.
Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is a Contemporary Mediterranean cookery with an energetic and cheerful/friendly vibe, chic clientele and gorgeous design. Apeiro, which is Greek for “infinity”, opened its doors in January 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews ever since. The menu is inspired by the many regions that make up the Mediterranean- from Morocco to Italy and Greece to Spain and everywhere in between.
I had been to Apeiro shortly after they opened and enjoyed sampling a variety of their signature items. I recently returned to check out some of their new menu items. To get things started, I decided to try a Basil-tini cocktail. This was made with Hangar One Vodka, muddled strawberry, basil, lemon and simple syrup. They had so many cool looking cocktails on their list, I was glad that our server Jen recommended this one to me. It was WONDERFUL!!! Now onto the food: we started out with the Apeiro Spreads Starter, which included hummus, eggplant caponata, pistachio yogurt, tzatziki, extra virgin olive oil & balsamic and served with wood oven baked pita. Everything was super fresh and full of flavor. My favorite spread was the eggplant caponata- I could’ve devoured that the entire night, but I knew more food was coming so I had to refrain.
Next we were served three items from their Small Plates section: Empanada, Lamb Sliders and Classic Greek. The empanada was stuffed with Greek-style braised short rib, feta and tzatziki. It had a nice crispy crust but was still light and flaky. The lamb sliders came topped with arugula, pickled onion, feta and tzatziki. These were absolutely amazing; cooked and seasoned to perfection. Definitely a must try. The lamb sliders are a new addition to the popular 10 for $10 lunch menu. Other items on that menu include the Mediterranean BLT ( pancetta, tomato, romaine, hummus, tzatziki on grilled ciabatta bread), the Smash burger and a daily Quiche. The Classic Greek salad came with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bell peppers, kalamata olives and barrel-aged feta. It not only looked visually appealing with all the vibrant colors, but it tasted very good as well.
For the entrees, we had the Catch of the Day Kabob (Mahi Mahi) which was served along side a seasonal salsa, kale, pancetta, house grilled veggie mix and koshari rice.
Fresh Catch of the Day Kabob (Mahi Mahi)
Our next entree was the Moussaka which was made with charred eggplant, braised short rib and garlic bechamel sauce.
The final entree was an Orecchiette pasta served with spinach, English peas, zucchini, roasted grape tomatoes, kalamata olives and topped with pecorino cheese. Each of these entrees was delicious.
We were also brought out a couple Sides: the Street Corn, which had a blend of seasonings was simply out of this world. It sat on top a feta aioli and was also sprinkled with feta. It is a great dish and one that I would definitely suggest you order!
We finished the night with their housemade peanut butter gelato which had peanut butter pie inside. It was very rich and very delicious!
I hear Apeiro’s has an outstanding brunch, which I will soon be trying. For any of you who are already familiar with it, they do have some new additions to this menu as well, including a Baked French Toast with maple glazed apples; Baked eggs served Portuguese style with sofrito, onions, bell peppers, ciabatta and Manchego. Additionally, you can now enjoy bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas and/or Bellinis for $16.
A brand new promotion you will definitely want to take advantage of is available everyday from 11:30am – 6:30pm: guests can enjoy one of their wood-oven baked flatbreads and two glasses of wine for just $18. The combinations are endless, with their choices of 17 wines by the glass and five flatbreads, including their signature Margherita, Grilled Shrimp, Forest Mushroom, Spiced Lamb and Grilled Veggie.
Apeiro is definitely a foodie’s dream dining destination. They have designed a menu with such a wide range of sections and abundant choices, providing for an “infinite” number of combinations ideal for sharing.
I am looking forward to returning and trying the octopus, which I hear is the best in town.
Apeiro is located in the Delray Marketplace on Lyons Rd and West Atlantic Avenue. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11:30am. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11:30am. Happy Hour is offered daily from 11:30am – 6:30pm and dinner is served daily beginning at 5pm. For more info, please visit Delray.Apeirorestaurants.com or call 561-501-4443.