THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Aura
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Aura Restaurant Review: Delray Beachs Atlantic Avenue has developed into a sweet little street replete with quaint restaurants and cafés, and Aura casts as alluring a glow as any. Start by sipping cocktails in an inviting living room lounge before heading to the sleekly elegant dining room for chef Gary Woods menu of robust Mediterranean and American repasts. Wood floats a few modern ingredients here and there, but mostly relies on old-fashioned, earthy flavors, as in his ravioli starter of braised short ribs and Yukon gold potatoes accented with shallots, lemon zest, and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Entrées range from fairly traditional (chicken breast with apples and root vegetables), to mildly inventive (diver scallops with cauliflower purée and beurre rouge), to brashly different (filet mignon with Swiss chard, pancetta, and tomato-anchovy sauce). The cuisine can be a bit overwrought at times, but the consistently bold flavors hit their mark more often than not. Desserts like crème brûlée, mascarpone cheesecake, and molten chocolate cake bring one back to more familiar territory in comforting, if not exciting fashion.