Its debut has been rumored for months but anticipation has finally given way to reality and Sapphire Indian Cuisine (500 Via de Palma, 561/362-2299) is now open in Boca’s Royal Palm Place shopping complex.
The latest endeavor of restaurateur Raju Brahmbhatt, partner in several successful Indian eateries in New York and New Jersey, Sapphire seeks to show off the depth and breadth of authentic Indian cuisine, as well as showcase its fine dining potential.
To that end, the space itself, formerly home to Fusionarie, is as chic and contemporary as a high-end restaurant. Think cool white walls with ornate backlit screens, modern chandeliers and furnishings, white leather booths and a large wall-mounted wine rack offering more than 100 selections.
The food draws from regions throughout the Indian subcontinent, with familiar offerings like tandoori meats and poultry and assorted regional curries to more exotic dishes like crispy cauliflower with tomato-garlic chutney, presented with an artistic flourish. There’s a full bar too.
Sapphire is open for lunch and dinner daily.