There is no question that the hottest restaurant in Palm Beach right now is Buccan, which chef Clay Conley opened earlier this year to rave reviews.  Grandview Gardens has referred many guests there over the past few months and has received only positive feedback.  So Peter and I decided to try it ourselves last week on a Tuesday.  Located just accross from Town Hall at 350 South County Road, Buccan’s atmosphere was friendly, vibrant, but still cozy and charming, although a little loud. 

The menu is somewhat exotic, featuring small plates in addition to classic main entrees.  The Hot Dog Panini is a customer favorite. At $12, diners get a Niman Ranch natural beef hot dog, cooked on the wood-fire grill, with a pizza dough bun. It’s served with a three-mustard aioli, sauerkraut braised in bacon with herbs. On top is an aged Gruyere, seared till crispy in a brick oven and on the side: a ramekin of chili. From the wood fire, there’s barbecued quail with a sweet potato puree, a Colorado lamb scottadito with harissa, Korean-style shortribs glazed with sesame and served with a cuke salad. The “Flour & Water” section of the menu features ramen noodles with pork broth, soy, a poached egg and nori; a gnocchi Bolognese; squash ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce; shrimp dumplings with pork belly and bonito flakes, served with brussel sprouts, and a squid ink orrechiette with sausage and conch.  Everything is delicious!

Moderately priced for Palm Beach standards, Buccan is attracting a “smart” Palm Beach crowd that appreciates value for money and wants to be treated to something different.  This restaurant will definitely be added to our list of favorites!