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.
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.)
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