Surprised not to find a single posting on Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach. Considering the reputation of Boulud and his many restaurants in the U.S. I would have thought some discussion of this restaurant might appear here. Any comments on the place or on why no posts about it?
I'm headed there any day now.
I do know sous chef James Strine is well respected amongst the SoFla food and restaurant community.
I'm guessing Boulud hasn't shown up much simply because the vast majority of posters here cover Dade and Broward almost exclusively.
And several of the more frequent PB posters tend to cover more mid-range, local gem and cheap eats type places.
I've not been often, but have been a few times over the past several years and it's consistently very good and certainly one of my favorites in Palm Beach.
Call the hotel and make sure the restaurant is still Café Boulud. We were just there a couple of weeks ago to go out to dinner with friends who were staying at the hotel and they said Café Boulud pulled out of the Brazillian Court. We didn't bother to check that out even though we were three feet from the restaurant.
Seeing as the sous just posted a gorgeous porchetta photo a few minutes ago... I don't think you're in any danger of the restaurant not being there tonight!
You might want to look into that if it's on the menu, and I imagine it will be... UPDATE: YES IT WILL BE, and "With house-cured sauerkraut"
Wife and I went to Cafe Boulud last night. Dining room is elegant and comfortable (outdoor courtyard tables were all taken by 6 PM). Service was pleasant, courteous, and helpful. Main reason to go there was to dine and we did. To get a good feel for the place, we both ordered from the 3-course prix fixe menu ($45 per person) and each ordered a different dish to allow us to judge 6 of their preparations.
Started off with a complimentary small dish of flavored salts topped with 2 small arancini balls (dip the arancini in the salt for more flavors). First course: wife ordered pate forestier (small slice of very nice meat with small mounds of about 6 accompanying flavor dabs: mustards, jam, etc.). I opted for butternut squash soup which was flavorful but would have been better with a bit more squash flavor - good nonetheless.
Main course: wife had wild striped bass with mixture of small beans and vegetables in a file gumbo style. Good dish, could have been a larger piece of fish. I ordered coq au vin (given it's a French restaurant and the 3rd option for main course was not attractive). Not much wine flavor in the sauce, rather small pieces of meat considering how one usually finds this dish. But overall it was quite good. Desserts were the best: wife had a ganache with chocolate and sauces; I had a key lime creme brulee which was very well prepared and tasty.
We drank no wine because we abstain from liquor during Lent, But prices on the wines are high from what we saw.
They do serve very good breads (assume baked there but I don't know) and are generous in providing it.
Overall impression: a nice meal in a lovely setting but nothing we ate really impressed us a great deal and we felt portions could have been larger, considering the price - over $115 wiith tip and tax.