A kitchen is said to be the heart of a home. Push through the glass doors of Matthew Byrne’s bustling, hole-in-the-wall West Palm Beach resto, Kitchen (561-249-2281), and you feel it instantly—a heartbeat.
Byrne, who is Tiger Woods’ former personal chef, opened this intimate eatery in November with the goal of serving sophisticated (but not intimidating) fare in a relaxed, chic interior. Designed by Byrne’s wife and business partner, Aliza, it features Rolling Stone photos and a chalkboard wall scrawled with inspirational quotes.
Using fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors, the menu offers dishes such as chicken schnitzel topped with sweet onion, mushroom, arugula and a fried egg ($26) and the Kitchen burger, a perfect mash-up of grass-fed chuck, brisket, short ribs, foie gras, American cheese and caramelized onions ($18).
When asked about the biggest obstacle in running his own restaurant, Byrne says, “We keep running out of foie gras.” Tough life.
Photos by LILA PHOTO