The Town of Palm Beach generally frowns on anything – or anyone – new. It likes it a quiet, toned -down lifestyle – just the way it’s been for the past several decades, thank you.
All of that will change on Feb. 6 – at least for one evening – when the new Hai House restaurant hosts a pig roast at The Esplanade building to kick off the Chinese “Year of the Pig.’’ The event, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will feature, among other things, Hai House menu items, noodle dishes and egg rolls. There also will be kids’ activities and music provided by DJ Adam Lipson.
The pig roast, led by Hai House Executive Chef James Strine, probably is the first of its for trendy Worth Ave. It’s definitely, said Hai House Managing Partner Manuel Bornia, “the first pig roast behind Gucci.’’
The pig roast will be the highlight of Hai House’s first couple of months in business as the island’s only American-Chinese restaurant.
“The beautiful thing about this project is that it came to be in the most unorthodox way,’’ said Bornia, founder of Cravy food delivery service in Palm Beach County.
“We were getting 2,000 inquiries per month for Chinese delivery in and around the island. There was nowhere for us to get it.’’
So when the opportunity came to open a Chinese restaurant on the island, Bornia jumped at the opportunity.
“And here we are,’’ Bornia said.
Open seven says day per week beginning at 4 p.m., (with Happy Hour each day) on The Esplanade’s second floor, Hai House features an outstanding menu that include must-have Char Siu ribs; House Wings with soy sauce, scallions and chili; Peking Duck (for two); Whole Crispy Snapper; Pan Fried Pork and Ginger Potstickers; and a Crispy Seaweed Salad that even non-vegans will enjoy.
Hai House bar serves signature cocktails and the restaurant also offers free delivery throughout the island.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year from Feb. 6 through Feb. 19, Hai House will offer a “Feast of Good Fortune” menu for $65 per person that will include Crab Rangoon (another must have), a dim sum basket, choice of entrees and a mandarin orange sorbet.
“This is our vision of Chinese-American comfort food,’’ Bornia said. “It’s food we loved eating growing up.’’
Now it’s food that Palm Beach can love, too.