If I told you the hottest dining ticket in Palm Beach County is at The Breakers, would you say I’m out of my mind?
I might be, at that. But you’d still be wrong, because the gorgeously rococo space at Palm Beach’s palace of the One Percent dubbed HMF (for resort founder Henry Morrison Flagler) is indeed the hottest dining ticket in town. Also one of the best.
You can check out a complete review in the July/August issue of the magazine, but for now let’s just say that most everything on the small plates menu that channels hip urban cafes, food trucks, contemporary sushi bars and farm-to-table eateries is terrific. It’s not cheap—this is, after all, The Breakers. But when you add up the extensive roster of inventive, flavorful, fun-to-eat dishes, excellent service from a female staff that appears to have been pulled off a Paris fashion runway and wine list that will leave even the most jaded cork dork drooling, you’ve got to say it’s worth every penny.
Just a few of my favorites: warm onion and Parmesan dip that’s a creamy-cheesy pillow for smearing on wafer-thin crisps of fingerling potato, dusky wild boar empanaditas with a mildly spicy, lightly chocolate-y Spanish molé, a perfect wild mushroom and fennel sausage flatbread, and luscious pumpkin praline bread pudding with vanilla bean custard.
Just one caveat: HMF doesn’t take reservations, and the spaces—as big as it is—fills up early, even on supposedly “off” midweek nights. But, really, don’t let that stop you. Get to HMF PDQ.