Worth One’s Salt Part II: A Peek Inside Echo Restaurant in Palm Beach

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In our January 2014 issue, we paid tribute to a handful of Palm Beach eateries that have survived the test of time, including Cafe L’Europe, būccan and Ta-boo. Here, our list goes on.

We asked David Thall—assistant director of food and beverage at the Breakers Palm Beach, and former general manager of Echo—for some insight on the popular Asian-fusion restaurant, located in the heart of Palm Beach.

The crowd: A mixture of island locals, guests staying at The Breakers and Palm Beach vacationers.

The scene: An energetic atmosphere with a chic, fashionable, and contemporary air.

Pick of the menu: Enjoy a Palm Beach Roll (a California Roll topped with creamy baked conch) or a Spicy Dragon Roll. For diners with an ample appetite, try the Chef’s Sharing Menu, which features the Peking Duck, prepared table-side. Also try the House-fried Rice with Shrimp and Roast Pork. Finish with the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Souffle with Bailey’s Cream—it’s a decadent must-have.

If this dish were removed, there would be an uproar: “Years ago, we took souffles off the menu just for a temporary change of page and there was outrage. We’ll never do that again!” Thall says.

Key ingredient: “Our double-black soy sauce—it’s the foundation for many of our flavors in all the cuisines we feature: Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese. I think Chef Josef Morera would be upset [if we took it away!]”

And to drink? Try the Green Lotus, one of Echo’s signature handcrafted cocktails: Sous Vide — Fuji apple-infused vodka, fresh muddled green grapes, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a splash of agave nectar, served on the rocks and topped with soda water. Echo also has a fantastic assortment of sake; for a dry selection that complements Echo’s sushi and lighter fare, try “Tenth Degree.” In addition, the restaurant boasts an impressive wine collection, handpicked by The Breakers’ master sommelier, Virginia Philip. A house favorite is Cote Tariqet, Blanc, which pairs well with many of Echo’s signature dishes.

Prime seating: “Table 31 is the ‘it’ table, situated on a curved banquette in the center of the action. It’s cozy for two, comfortable for four, and the perfect spot to see and be seen.”

Did you know? Echo is part of The Breakers’ dining collection. Guests can enjoy an authentic experience at a freestanding restaurant in the heart of Palm Beach, and not even realize that Echo is associated with a nearby resort.

Remnants of the past: “We had a guest who celebrated her 30th birthday with us. Her parents not only reserved the entire restaurant, they flew in all of their daughter’s friends and surprised her with an incredible night at Echo. The delicious evening included a sushi bar, dim sum station, Peking Duck, a live wok chef, sake bar, and fun specialty cocktails created especially for the birthday girl. The surprise entertainment included acrobats performing a Cirque de Soleil-style experience.”

Echo is located at 230 Sunrise Avenue, Palm Beach. 561.802.4222. echopalmbeach.com.

To read the full story “Worth One’s Salt,” from the January 2014 issue, click here.


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