[Photos: Patricia Chang]
It's a new day for the former Nettie's Crab Shack, which has been taken over by Anderson Pugash (of Bergerac) and Bruce McDonald (of Foreign Cinema/Bergerac) and reimagined as a tropical getaway in restaurant form. Opening today, Palm House gets its inspiration from the cuisines of everywhere from Cuba and Brazil to Hawaii and the Caribbean, and the interior, designed by Shelly Amoroso, aims for a breezy and colorful take on island ambiance. The restaurant's 130-seats span an outdoor patio that's been redone with black and white Carrara tile, a bright atrium-style interior space (note the LED-lit birdcages) and a 12-seat semi-private space dubbed the "Captain's Quarters."
The menu comes from Gayle Pirie of Foreign Cinema, with former Foreign Cinema chef de cuisine Lea Walker running the kitchen's day-to-day operations. Divided into evocatively-named sections like "Island Hopping," "Set Sail" and "The Wayward Sea," the menu spans starters like Pacific tuna ceviche and coconut Gulf prawns, salads (find them under "Island Greens") and snacks like calypso wings and baby back pork ribs. Seafood entrees include dishes like Jamaican lager fish and chips and West Indian jerk grilled mahi-mahi, and meatier entrees like shredded duck tacos and grilled tri-tip round out the menu. (Take a look at the full menu here.)
Though The Restaurant at Meadowood's bar manager Sam Levy was initially said to be consulting on the bar program, the cocktail list comes direct from bar director Anthony Parks (also of Bergerac), and focuses on tropical cocktails like mojitos, piña coladas and a chipotle mango margarita. The centerpiece of the bar is a slushie machine that will turn out alcoholic "slushies" in a variety of flavors, and there will also be punch bowls which serve 5-7 people apiece. (Here's the drink menu.)
Starting today, dinner hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to midnight (the bar will be open until 2am). Weekend brunch will be served 10am to 2pm every Saturday and Sunday.
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