The Parisian restaurant brings buzz to Jupiter dining scene

Sweet finale: The Parisian restaurant's oven-baked apple with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)
The Parisian restaurant’s caramel-drizzled baked apple. (Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post)

The Parisian is a place that easily could hide in plain sight. The lovely, upmarket brasserie may be located in a busy shopping and entertainment plaza across the street from Harbourside Place, but it’s tucked behind a discreet hedge and a grove of white patio umbrellas, almost out of view.

Hedge or no hedge, locals have found the 5-month-old restaurant and wine bar and now keep it bustling. Good for them – it’s too terrific of a spot to go unseen.

Owner Tarzi Benazzouz (the “Parisian” native in question) has created an inviting space. With its separate, dark-woods bar and lounge-area sofas, The Parisian offers you instant options: Have a glass of French vino and a starter at the bar while you wait for your flick to start at the nearby Cinepolis luxury theater. Or settle in at a table in the intimate dining room for a full meal. (Or skip the movie and do both.)

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Critic’s pick, West Palm Beach: a lively bistro for sipping new Beaujolais

Customers enjoy dinner at Pistache bistro and bar in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Alfresco dining at Pistache, West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

Central county pick: PISTACHE

There are many reasons to dine at Pistache at lunch, dinner, late-night bites or weekend brunch. There’s also the setting: The eatery is perched by the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront, offering a view of the lively commons. But perhaps the best reason to dine here is the outstanding food.

Chef de cuisine Isaac Cerny and sous-chef Sam Horrocks lend a refined touch to a menu of French favorites. On a recent visit, I tried their delicious “confit” treatment of a chicken leg served over brunch waffles. (The chicken is slow-cooked in fat using a traditional preserving technique.) The flavors on the plate spanned that decadent stretch between rich and richer.

That chicken leg will be on the menu on Beaujolais Nouveau Day (Thursday, Nov. 19), though this time it will be served with a side of maque choux (Cajun succotash), pea tendrils and sauce “diable” (hot sauce).

Other a la carte specials to pair with your glass or bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais that day: chicken “oyster” and andouille gumbo, zucchini blossom beignets, mirliton and Anjou pear salad, grouper in court bouillon and pork tenderloin.

Pistache French Bistro: 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090; PistacheWPB.com

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