One of the biggest names in South Florida history is Henry Morrison Flagler. One of the biggest names in American restaurant design is Adam Tihany.
Put the two of them together in The Breakers and you have HMF (1 S. County Rd., Palm Beach, 561/659-8480), an elegant spot for “social drinking and eating” in the space formerly home to the resort’s Florentine Room.
The New York-based Tihany, who’s done such high-profile eateries as Thomas Keller’s Per Se and Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Daniel, filled HMF with custom-made furnishings in cognac and cyprus green, a pair of ribbon mahogany bars with bronze accents (one for cocktails, the other for sushi), an open kitchen and 7,000-bottle “Wine Wall” made of glass and stainless steel. Historically minded diners needn’t worry, though. The room’s ornate decorations and fixtures, modeled after the 14th Century Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, remain unchanged.
For genteel drinking and dining there’s a roster of signature cocktails, like the Rail Car 91 (Courvoisier VSOP, lemon juice, local honey and orange foam) and a Gin & Tonic infused with rosemary and Kirby cucumber, plus a selection of craft beers, wines poured in both full and half portion, and even cigars to be enjoyed outside.
On the food side of things there’s all manner of raw fish, from specialty wacky-maki to nigiri to tatakis and tiraditos. Also look for dishes like orecchiette with duck sausage and wild mushrooms, steak tartare, Szechuan chicken wings, Wagyu beef sliders and the classic baked Alaska.
If you want to sip and sup in the lap of luxury, this sure sounds like the place.