Suri Tapas Bar Offers Traditional and New Age Dishes in Downtown Lake Worth
A new restaurant has opened off Lucerne Ave. in downtown Lake Worth, taking the space formerly known as Fiorentina, an Italian restaurant that vacated the space over a year ago.
Nicole Danna The Desayuno de Campeon or "breakfast of champions" combines blueberry pancakes and pork belly with a house made tomato jam.
Suri -- which means "pickpocket" in Japanese -- will offer diners what co-owners John Pata and Matthew Barger term alternative American cuisine. Barger has worked as the general manager for Cucina Dell'Arte in Palm Beach and, most recently, The Coach House, formerly the Player's Club in Wellington.
Barger told Clean Plate Charlie his goal is to produce dishes that get people excited to try something different. His inspiration came from the West Coast; Barger spent five months traveling across California, from Nappa Valley to San Diego. Out of all the concepts, the tapas bars resonated the most.
"This isn't about creating a concept that's going to generate the biggest profit margin for the least amount of effort," said Barger, who hired executive chef John Kuropatwa from New Jersey to run the kitchen. "We're staying true to ourselves, and doing what we do best. Thinking outside the box, doing things right."
Suri's menu is divided into three sections, offering both traditional and new-age tapas dining. It begins with "Garden & Co." and "Just Me," a series of smaller plates, priced $8-$15, which are good for grazing and sharing alike. Try the Tostones Caribe, small fried plantain cups filled with shrimp or pork and a spicy mango salsa. There's also prosciutto-wrapped figs filled with goat cheese and served on a bed of crushed pistachio with a cherry and pinot noir reduction.