The best restaurant in Tequesta right now

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Peanut encrusted Ahi Tuna, and soba noodle salad, with bok choy, daikon radish, snow peas, peppers, ginger, onions, thai peanut sauce at Krave restaurant in Tequesta. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Here’s the Tequesta restaurant we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different.

Krave, Tequesta

Within a cozy, comfortable space, Chef Michael Rolchigo creates some of the best fine-dining dishes in north county. He pays close attention to detail, from appetizers to desserts, each course exquisite. It’s no wonder the former Jupiter Island Grill chef has brought in quite a following to this Tequesta space. His food is inspired and creative, but it’s also accessible to the mainstream palate. Reservations are a must.

Krave: 626 U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-575-9222.

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What we love about Krave restaurant in Tequesta

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View of a peanut encrusted Ahi Tuna, and soba noodle salad, with bok choy, daikon radish, snow peas, peppers, ginger, onions, thai peanut sauce at Krave restaurant. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Krave is a small, luxe restaurant that’s tucked into a Tequesta strip mall, where you’re in the capable hands of Mike Rolchigo, an accomplished and talented chef. The restaurant offers modern American dishes, from duck egg roll starters to an entree of peanut-encrusted ahi tuna, fashioned with fresh, eclectic ingredients. This fancy fare is artistically presented on the plate (Rolchigo is a grad of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in both culinary and pastry arts).

But here’s the big reveal: as fancy as it is, the food is accessible and delicious. Rolchigo is not one to do pretty for pretty’s sake. He delivers sumptuous dishes, but it is food you’d return for again and again.

If you go: Krave Restaurant & Wine Bar, 626 U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-575-9222

2014 review rating: FOOD: A; SERVICE: A

Related: Full dining review of Krave – Small Tequesta eatery serves big, imaginative dishes

 

Critic’s choice: Tequesta’s temple of refined dishes

Krave, Tequesta. (Bill Ingram/ Palm Beach Post Staff)
Krave, Tequesta. (Bill Ingram/ Palm Beach Post Staff)

North county pick: KRAVE

Within a cozy, comfortable space, Chef Michael Rolchigo creates some of the best fine-dining dishes in north county. He pays close attention to detail, from appetizers to desserts, each course exquisite. It’s no wonder the former Jupiter Island Grill chef has brought in quite a following to this Tequesta space. His food is inspired and creative, but it’s also accessible to the mainstream palate.

041814 acc krave 02The eatery reopens with a new menu Thursday after a month of vacation. Among the highlights are a pistachio-crusted Colorado rack of lamb with goat cheese mashed potatoes, a king salmon with a kale-cashew crust and red quinoa and a bouillabaisse that’s swimming with fresh scallops, shrimp and lobster and served with an optional Pernod mister at the table.

Hours: Krave will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays (5 to 10 p.m.) until full season hours (Mondays through Saturdays) start in November. Reservations are a must.

Krave: 626 U.S. 1, Tequesta; 561-575-9222; KraveRestaurant.com

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