Essensia Restaurant & Lounge atThe Palms Hotel & Spa
(3025 Collins Ave., South Beach) will be making its debut this Mother's Day, May 10th, with a holiday brunch. The Palms' executive chef Gerd Richter has created a menu of "nourishing gourmet cuisine" that according to Maria Bond, Director of Food & Beverage, "is not only good for your body but also for your mind and soul." Specifically, the menu promises to be composed of "sustainable seafood, hormone-free meats, detoxifying ingredients and organically grown products,whenever possible
" -- that last phrase an oft-used caveat large enough to drive a Sysco truck through.
More specifically still, the menu will include appetizers & little
plates, entrées from the land and sea, spa offerings, pastas,
desserts, homemade multi-grain breads, organic Starbucks coffees grown
in Latin America and East Africa, and a variety of organic wines and
Signature dishes include a salmon, shrimp, and scallop ceviche tasting;
pan-roasted Florida grouper with phyllo "cigar" of bulghur wheat,
raisins, onions, apricots, and herbs; and Tupelo honey-and-thyme glazed
duck breast with grilled peaches (Tupelo honey is grown solely in the
Northwest Basins of Northwest Florida).
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Essensia will be open seven days per week for breakfast, lunch, and
dinner (complimentary valet parking with dinner). For reservations,