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Disclosure: I was invited to dine as a guest of Taru at Sundy House in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Sundy House Unveils New Restaurant Concept, Taru
Downtown Delray Beach’s historic Sundy House has unveiled its brand new restaurant concept, Taru, featuring new Florida cuisine by award-winning and well known Palm Beach County chef, James Strine.
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down for a formal “media dinner” (aka, a complimentary dinner in which the restaurant wines and dines us until our heart’s content in order to introduce a new chef, menu, or entire concept in general to the media). COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we dine out, and has definitely put a halt on the amount of events and group dinners going on. Nevertheless, amidst all the chaos in the world, Taru at Sundy House opened its doors on June 29, 2020, and was met with wide open arms — and wide open mouths ready to eat.
Executive Chef Strine brings a vast amount of culinary experience to the kitchen at Taru, named after the mythical god of weather. He’s worked in some of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County, including Cafe Boulud, The Breakers, Būccan, and Grato. Oh, and he was also named “Best Chef Palm Beach County” by the Palm Beach Post. So, let’s just say he knows what he’s doing.
The menu at Taru, for both food and drinks, is focused on local and fresh. Cocktails are hand-crafted with fresh-squeezed juices and herbs from the Sundy House garden, and dishes are created using locally grown produce, local fish and seafood, and Florida-raised cattle.
Time To Eat
So, let’s get to it, shall we? The first dish we tried was the tuna tartare with watermelon, cucumber, ginger, and a sesame-soy vinaigrette that was made with Tamari so it was gluten-free. The dish was also served with gluten-free toast. Don’t forget to let your server know if you have any food allergies. Chef James is wonderfully accommodating! The tuna was delicious, but what I loved most was the refreshing, sweet chunks of watermelon mixed in. The tuna and watermelon lay on a bed of creamy avocado. I could have devoured an entire bowl of this stuff by myself, but it was too good not to share with Roger.
A Five-Star Experience
- Taru at Sundy House is located at 106 South Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach, FL.
- The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Friday from 4-10pm, and Saturday from 5-10pm.
- A la carte brunch is available on Saturday from 11am-2pm, and the ever-popular Savor Sunday Endless Brunch is offered from 10am-5pm. Note that the brunch is not currently served buffet-style as it used to be. Instead, diners order endless plates off the menu, served from the kitchen directly to their tables.
- Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6pm, featuring half-off signature cocktails, beer, and wine, and a special bar bites menu.