Scratch Kitchen and Bakery
And yes… a full bar! Cran Martini
First I have to confess my love for this place upfront. We are both South Florida natives and moved to Boca in 2004. Royal Palm Plaza was struggling to attract quality tenants and we frequented the wine bar behind them, but as far as eateries went there was not much to choose from. Coffee? A wasteland. We enjoyed good coffee and wanted a breakfast and lunch place to hang our hat.
When Abraham Sekerel (Avi) opened Saquella in 2005 he partnered with an Italian roaster named Saquella, known throughout Italy for their fine coffee. This early partnership spawned a local phenomenon. Combining a snappy decor (when was the last time you saw chandeliers in a cafe?) that had class yet was unpretentious- easy to sit and enjoy what turned out to be the finest cappuccino in South Florida. To compliment the fine Italian coffee he added an in-house bakery and a made from scratch kitchen using the finest top quality ingredients. Soon the word was out. Breakfast and lunch would never be the same, offering healthy alternatives to fast food including vegan side dishes, and introducing South Florida to a European staple- a salad with every entree. I soon became hooked on the egg, meat and cheese Croissant with the salad side. Even as Mizner and Royal Palm Plaza filled with new restaurants of every description Saquella expanded to open Prosecco Cafe on PGA, and a third location The Grill at The Bridges in Delray Beach. These two newer versions emphasized dinner over breakfast and lunch and for the last two years Saquella’s original location has offered it as well.
A new dinner and brunch menu has been launched and Chef David Fogel wanted to have us sample his new creations. With a background from the University of Michigan and the Culinary Institute of America as well as private Chef duties and stints at Bocaire and Boca Woods his offerings will redefine the “Cafe” experience you may have imagined. These stack up with any fine dining experience locally with a fresh take on favorites and some surprises too. NOT TO BE MISSED!
SEE FOR YOURSELF
Lets start with Goat Cheese Croquettes sweetened with home made fig jam and honey. Chewy and delicious! Next comes a perennial favorite the Medi’ Platter . This is a dish that can both satisfy the Vegan and Omnivore and can be shared. Roasted fresh seasonal vegetables, hummus, falafel, tahini with wedges of warm pita bread. The Mediterranean Platter is a meal in itself. Not to heavy yet packed with flavor, something missing in many presentations locally. Yes, you can have flavor AND not be over seasoned. This is a testament to the careful selection of local fresh ingredients guided with a skilled hand.
Looking for something a little more Mediterranean? Don’t miss this:
Shakshuka….hearty Middle Eastern dish popular in Israel. A breakfast dish I had never heard of until this meal. Brought to the table in a traditional iron skillet and a shareable serving of their homemade crusty warm bread. Vitos Mozzarella and poached egg top this dish. The sauce would stand up to any Italian kitchen standards, roasted flavors throughout.
NOW for the new dinner specials
Once only off the the menu item this dish is now always available… Quinoa Crusted Salmon. Roasted beet and goat cheese puree with a fennel and radish turshi. You won’t find it better anywhere.
Avi chose a new chicken dish for our next plating. This was especially surprising. Sunflower seed chicken breast, celery root puree complimenting an Avocado & Corn Ammoglio topped with micro arugula. This dish was moist and full of flavor with the sunflower seeds adding an earthy tone.
For the meat lover.a new version of their 6 hour short rib with asparagus and Asiago risotto drizzled with a rich short rib reduction. This literally fell apart at the touch of my fork. The risotto added the necessary creamy element and the asparagus gave it a crunchy snap to the dish. Come hungry for this dish!
X Rated Affogato ..Pertini Gelato..Espresso…Marula Cream Liquor
Saquella makes full use of their bakery and Baker to produce a wide range of fresh, house made deserts. This is special which I implore you to leave room or order a sample to take home.
It’s a daunting task to offer a first class culinary experience for breakfast lunch AND dinner, however Avi, Chef Fogel do it expertly. Saquella is a pioneer in Boca Raton. The first to challenge Starbucks for coffee, Cappuccino and baked goods while quietly forming a culture of scratch cooking using local ingredients. Now that everyone is “artisanal” or “Farm to table” Saquella sets a new standard for inventive and full flavored dinning while keeping their casual relaxed dinning vibe. Bravo.–
Saquella Cafe 410 Via de Palmas Boca Raton FL 33432 phone 561-338-8840
As is our practice, no monetary compensation was received for this review. Our drinks and food were complimentary.