Monday, June 16, 2014

THE COOPER - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The Cooper is one of the newest restaurants to open in Palm Beach Gardens. We were all eager to try the newest farm to table restaurant to open in our area.  When I first walked in I thought I just walked into a Pottery Barn/ Hardware Restoration store.  The decor is rustic, shabby chic and I loved it.  Our table was not ready when we arrived, so we had a drink at the bar.  They have a nice variety of craft cocktails which includes unique infused vodkas.

We had a rough start at the Cooper, as we were not seated until about an hour after our reservation time.  Our waitress was apologetic, however extremely slow and uneducated on menu items.  Even when Brandt ordered an Old Fashion she asked what gin he would prefer?  Ha

Due to our delayed start, we were offered a delicious spread of cured meats and artisan cheeses.  The Chorizo was my favorite, a little spicy, but full of flavor.

We also tried the steak tartare served with a sunny side quail egg. The steak tartare appeared cooked, however it was not hot.  I also thought it was seasoned a little too heavily, tartare should be minced raw beef with light seasoning and blended with worcestershire sauce.  

Cory and Diana shared the heirloom tomato and housemade mozzarella salad.  You can never go wrong with farm fresh tomatoes, arugula, and EVOO.

I had the sauteed shrimp and heirloom tomato spaghettini.  This dish was light and delicious.  

Brandt enjoyed the "Cooper Burger"  and added a fried egg.  No complaints on his end and comparable to Burger Bar.  However, I cant resist Burger Bar's truffle fries.  

Katherine enjoyed the Porcini-dusted diver scallops served with a sweet corn fondue and a lemon truffle emulsion!  Yum!  

Diana tried the Mediterranean Chicken Paillard. A fairly simple, boring dish. A fancy way to say a grilled chicken salad :)

Definitely the best part of the night was the dessert.  The Cooper Sundae is a must have!  Vanilla ice cream, bananas, hot fudge, cherries, and pecans.  Amazing.

It was a long night for us at The Cooper.  They have a great concept and a truly beautiful restaurant, but need to improve big time on service.  The Cooper is still new, so hopefully they will continue to work out the kinks.  They use local farmers for as many ingredients, support small batch distillers and local brewers.   They do have a summer happy hour, which I would try in the near future.  More wine and cheese for me please and of course I will take another Sundae :)





4610 PGA Blvd
Suite 100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418


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