- By Kristina Webb Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
New, trendy restaurants continue to bloom around the Mall at Wellington Green.
Hot on the heels of the opening of The Beauty and the Beeeef earlier this year, two new eateries have opened in the past month.
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Lemongrass Asian Bistro opened Aug. 1 in its slot next to the CMX movie theater on the mall’s upper level. And Cajun seafood restaurant Submarine Crab opened about two weeks ago in the Pointe at Wellington Green plaza, near Jamba Juice and Keke’s Breakfast Cafe.
The mall has made a concerted effort in recent years to shake up its lineup to offer more dining and entertainment options, mall officials have said. And while some restaurants seem to open and close in the blink of an eye — I’m looking at you, Joe’s American Bar and Grill — the two recent additions have a fighting chance, thanks to great word-of-mouth already generating buzz.
At Lemongrass Asian Bistro, manager Joey Grayson said little marketing beyond social media was required to quickly build a following. “The place is electric and has a great atmosphere,” he said.
With its spot next to the movie theater, customers have been coming in saying they’ve eagerly awaited Lemongrass’ opening, Grayson said. “Sales have been over the top,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be so overly busy for not telling anyone.”
The restaurant serves a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, from small plates like edamame and Thai spring rolls, to a ramen noodle bar, to handcrafted dumplings with chicken, pork, vegetables or seafood. Follow the restaurant on Instagram @teamlemongrass for a free hot sake or happy hour item.
This is one of four Palm Beach County Lemongrass Asian Bistro locations. The first opened in Delray Beach. Grayson has worked for the company for about five years and started at the Boca Raton restaurant. He said customers from other locations, including one in Boynton Beach, have looked forward to the Wellington spot opening for months.
“We run a good business,” Grayson said. “People love our food and our service.”
Take a short drive down Ring Road and you’ll come to Submarine Crab, a California-based seafood chain with locations throughout the U.S., including two restaurants in Broward County. This is its first foray into Palm Beach County.
This Cajun cuisine is authentic, with seafood cooked to your liking and tossed with spices in a large metal bowl. The combos are made to share and come with sausages, corn, potatoes and bread.
In addition to traditional Cajun seafood boils, Submarine Crab serves pasta dishes, seafood by the pound, and grilled scallops and mussels. Reviews on social media speak highly of Submarine Crab’s gumbo, which comes with chunks of crab, shrimp, sausage, chicken, okra, pepper, celery, onion and rice.
Dry ice adds a unique twist to dining at Submarine Crab. The signature Ocean Fog drinks use it to create a fun effect with your choice of tea. And after going elbows-deep into a bowl of crab legs, the restaurant offers a fun way to get clean: a combination of dry ice and soap, with bubbles you can grab and use to scrub up.
A Submarine Crab manager didn’t return a request for comment this week, but the buzz is clear — this is a restaurant people enjoy.