One step inside Sourbon Kitchen & Bar in West Palm Beach tells you that this is no ordinary Clematis Street eatery. Sourbon owner Natalia Vorobyeva has transformed the former Dorrian’s Red Hand Irish pub into a comfortably chic restaurant resplendent with botanicals, and exotic flora and fauna.
The 72-seat main dining room also features contemporary design elements, including colorful, mid-century-inspired chairs, starburst pendant lighting and artwork from local artists mixed with vintage pieces.
“The goal was to bring a European-fusion restaurant to West Palm Beach and to have a place anywhere else in a popular area,’’ said Sourbon Manager Kelsey Sverdahl. “This is definitely a place that you don’t see anywhere else.’’
To be sure, the renovated and now more accessible Clematis Street, which took the City of West Palm Beach to complete, needs a fresh face to go along with some its more familiar restaurants and bars.
With a solid menu that includes Filet Mignon, Lamb Chops and Ahi Tuna Steak, Sourbon certainly delivers. The Lamb Chops with mojito drizzle are one of the menu’s “must have’’dishes, as is the hearty Rigatoni Bolognese. Chef Richard Leadbetter’s “New Bay’’ Deviled Eggs with lump crab meat is an outstanding appetizer. If soup is your thing, don’t pass on the Florida Pink Shrimp Bisque.
“Everything is made from scratch,’’ Sverdahl said. “I think our menu is a masterpiece from food to presentation.’’
A holdover, of sorts, from Dorrian’s is Vincent Toscano’s 215 Speakeasy. Located upstairs at Sourbon, 215 Speakeasy features Toscano’s eclectic craft cocktail menu (go for the Smoked Old Fashioned) in a secluded setting.
Sourbon and 215 Speakeasy are separate business, “but we support each other,’’ Sverdahl said. “A lot times Vincent comes down here before he opens. And our guests at Sourbon always are welcome to go upstairs.’’