• Lisa Marie

The Colony Palm Beach Has Renovated Its Entire Restaurant

The Colony Palm Beach hotel has become a notable landmark in Florida and occupies a significant portion of the Palm Beach culture. The hotel opened in 1947 and it has become known for hosting U.S. presidents, seasonal guest from Northern US regions, and South Floridians. The Colony Palm Beach hotel's restaurant, called "CPB" in recognition of the Colony Palm Beach hotel, holds as many memories as the hotel itself. The Colony Palm Beach hotel and its restaurant has received an $18 million dollar renovation over the last 5 years and they're excited to share their changes with the community.

CPB restaurant was known for its polo lounge. Guests would come for the vibrant Motown music, laughter, and dancing. Over the years, the CPB restaurant has changed its direction and now shares jazz music for its guests 7 nights a week. The entire restaurant has been renovated to include both the old European elegance and the modern Florida Style. I like to call it "European-Florida Luxury." They have recently opened their "Royal Room" and plan to continue to make changes to the restaurants this year.

CPB has a new chef, Chef Whitaker, and he has completely renovated the menu. The menu is separated into three sections; Seasonal,Harvest, and Classic. The Seasonal entrees are available for that particular season, the Harvest entrees are for the vegetarians, and the Classic entrees are the beloved dishes of the locals. The restaurant allows the guests to mix and match between all 3 sections. My husband and I were impressed by the renovations in the dinning room. Drastic cosmetic changes were made to provide a more appealing atmosphere for the guests. We started off our night with drinks. I had the "Tropical White Sangria" and my husband ordered an "Old Fashion." My drink was light and flirty; very reminiscent of the tropical European ambiance in the restaurant. It was one of my favorite white sangrias. I was impressed. My husband wasn't thrilled about his "Old Fashion," but he enjoyed his Cabernet.

Then, the chef sent out a Squash Custard muse to cleanse our palate. We, and most of the neighboring guests weren't too fond of this dish. However, CPB quickly redeemed itself with its French country bread and herb butter. It was absolutely delicious!

For our appetizers we ordered the Artisan Cheese Platter and the "Truffle and Ricotta Ravioli." The Artisan Cheese Platter can be chosen as a dessert or an appetizer. The smoothness of the cheese and the sweetness from the plum chutney made for a perfect blend of flavors. I could easily come into CPB just for the cheese platter. The "Truffle and Ricotta Ravioli" was my favorite part of the entire meal. Truffles are our hidden pleasure, and CPB paired it with ricotta! My only gripe about this entree was that there were only 2 raviolis, so I had to share the other one with my husband. I would love for them to change this to a 4 ravioli dish so that I can have this as my main entree. It was incredible!

My husband ordered the "Butter Poached Lobster." It is served with sweet potato, thermidor, bruleed orange, and confit fennel. I ordered the "Pan Seared Scallops." It was served with sunchoke, apple and vanilla chutney, hazelnut, and roasted maitake. Honestly, our main entrees did not blow us away. They were both delicate dishes with a British influence, but it lacked the wow factor that we were hoping for from CPB.

For dessert, we ordered the "Key Lime Pie with Strawberry Sorbet" and the "Cashew Maroon Cake." The key lime pie is served with cinnamon crumble, meringue, basil seed, and confit strawberry. The entree looked like a work of art. It reminded me of all of the tropical colors that fit South Florida. However, upon taste, the key lime pie was a little too tart. The "Cashew Maroon Cake" was absolutely perfect, It has a harder exterior, its soft within, and it is accompanied by a perfect blend of mango and vanilla ice cream. It was a soft, delicate ending to our meal.

Extra Information: The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The music schedule:

- Sunday - Live Music Brunch 11 am - 3 pm; Copeland Davis Jazz Trio 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Monday - Lenny Zinni 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Tuesday - Copeland Davis Jazz Trio 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Wednesday - Copeland Davis Jazz Trio 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Thursday - Lenny Zinni 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Friday - Copeland Davis Jazz Trio 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

- Saturday - Live Music Brunch 11 am - 3 pm; Copeland Davis Jazz Trio 10:00 pm - 12:30 am

Would I recommend it: If you and a loved one or friends would like a chic night out, the CPB restaurant offers old world glamour. This restaurant is American contemporary with British and French influence. However, be prepared for the opulent menu and the ornate details. The restaurant decorations are a hit, but I think that more work needs to be placed into the menu. Let us know what you think of CPB at contactus@thefloridapalate.com


Website: https://www.thecolonypalmbeach.com/dining

Reservations: 561 - 655-5430

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