Name: Rashida Polk
Occupation: Student/Project Manager
Lives In: Jupiter
Restaurant Pick: Christopher’s Kitchen
Reviewed Christopher’s Kitchen: 10/25/12 at 6:30 pm
The parking in Midtown Palm Beach Gardens can be frustrating. There are a lot of restaurants and shops and it is hard to find a space. One we parked, we entered Christopher’s Kitchen. The restaurant has a very minimalist and modern interior, lots of white spaces with green accents. The kitchen is open and you’ll notice that this is not a kitchen out of say Kitchen Confidential: no microwaves, no banging pans over stoves or broilers. The place is a little bit of a mix, a cafe, and small market area, a pastry case and a wine bar with these nifty computerized machines that you can use with a preloaded card to sample wines. It gives me a kind of NoCal vibe but is still South Florida casual. After we seated ourselves we were quickly given menus and a bottle of water for the table. We ordered everything at once and everything came out promptly. The lettuce wraps were not really wraps, but were overstuffed and filled with all kinds of veggies in a delicious Asian style sauce. The Super Pad Thai was very filling and again, chocked full of vegetables with a little kick in the sauce. The wine stood up to the spiciness of the meal. The pizza was not piping hot but loaded with a smoky chipotle sauce, a crispy chewy crust and caramelized red onions. The pumpkin pie had a nutty gluten-fee crust and was topped with a delicious soy free vanilla ice cream. I only wish that they had been a little less heavy-handed with the cinnamon.
My guest and I follow mostly vegan lifestyles so we really value having a place that gives us alternatives to simple green salads. The restaurant is pricy; in fact it’s probably the only barrier from preventing me from eating here more often. They also run a great takeout service with juices and smoothies that give you good healthy vibes without the steep price tag. For a non-intimidating, extremely chill introduction into plant-based living, Christopher’s Kitchen has the variety of options and the delicious flavors which are all definitely worth a visit.
Name Héctor Mañón
Lives In: Hialeah
Restaurant Pick: Paquito’s
Reviewed Christopher’s Kitchen: 10/29/12 at 7:30 PM
I did my research before visiting Christopher’s Kitchen and was a bit wary of the plant-based, organic cuisine. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the delicious food that came out of the kitchen. Not to mention being located in quite the upscale area, the dining experience was brought full circle with the calming atmosphere. The sweet potato soup I had to start was fresh and pure while the coconut curry was ravishing to my taste buds. I could have done without the gluten and dairy free cinnamon roll but I commend the chef’s efforts of catering to his niche market. The quality and portion sizes of the dishes were more than satisfying and with the use of such fresh ingredients, the prices were reasonable.
Name: Jordan Acosta
Occupation: Student/ Substitute Teacher
Lives In: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Papa Piccolo’s
Reviewed Christopher’s Kitchen: 10/29/12 at 12:00 pm
As a meat-lover, I was hesitant about eating at Christopher’s Kitchen after I read the description on the website about “certified organic plant based food”. I thought to myself, “Oh boy, I’m gonna pay an arm and a leg for a plate of grass.” I was, however, proven wrong. When I walked into the restaurant, I was greeted with an inviting atmosphere, with lot’s of window lighting and smiling staff. One of the employees told me I could sit outside, so I did. After waiting for a while without receiving any service, I went back and sat at a table inside; where a server immediately came to pour me water (I was a little upset, because I was looking forward to enjoying lunch outside on a gorgeous afternoon).
When she was ready to take our order, I asked her what she suggested. She suggested exactly what I had been planning to order, so I did so. I also asked her if I could sample the soup of the day (sweet potato) and she brought me some. The soup was excellent. It was sweet, creamy and hot. Had I not already ordered an appetizer, I would have ordered the soup. My appetizer was called “Fig & Honey” a spread of macadamia ricotta on a cracker, topped with an apple slice, fig, arugula, honey, and pepper flakes. This one was a surprise for me, my first bite felt like an explosion of flavor! I got the sweetness from the honey and the apples, perfectly complemented with the figs, along with the bright and slightly peppery arugula. The creamy macadamia ricotta brought all the flavors together. And then came the kick the surprise! The pepper flakes came alive just as the sweetness was abating, making me feel like I had just ridden a roller coaster of flavors!
For my entrée, I ordered the pesto sandwich: homemade pesto and cashew cheese, arugula, tomato and avocado. the sandwich was not wanting of anything. I was incredibly satisfied with the size of the sandwich. The sandwich was piled high with avocado and topped with a thick cut tomato slice. Again, I was pleasantly surprised.
Location: On the Plaza at Midtown, 4783 PGA BLVD, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Phone: (561) 318-6191
Restaurant Owners: Chris Slawson, Richard Slawson
Executive Chef: N/A
Pastry Chef: N/A
Type of Cuisine: Organic plant based cuisine
Signature Dishes: Tacos, Pad Thai, NYC Roll, Mexican soup.
Vegetarian Options: All menu items organize plant based
Alcohol Served: Yes
Corkage Fee: Yes
Bottle Limit: N/A
Monday – 11am -9 pm
Tuesday – 11am -9 pm
Wednesday – 11am -9 pm
Thursday – 11am -9 pm
Friday – 11am -9 pm
Saturday – 11am -9 pm
Sunday – 11am -3 pm
Meals Served: N/A
Prix Fix Menu: N/A
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $15-25.00
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $15-20.00
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? N/A
Accept Reservations: Only parties of 6 or more.
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: N/A
Accommodations for Children:
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: N/A
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes
Outdoor Dining: Yes