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Mar 6, 2014 09:59 AM

Cafe Boulud

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. It's a great place and I know its been mentioned on the board when discussing Palm Beach.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: BlueHerons

            That seems extremely unlikely as the website is still up and the sous chef is still tweeting dishes from Cafe Boulud as of a week ago.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              We stopped there Saturday to check out the place and surroundings for our dinner there tonight. Menus still said Cafe Boulud and we heard a waiter welcoming guests to Cafe Boulud. We'll know more this evening and will post.

              1. re: CJT

                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"

          2. 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.

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            1. re: CJT

              I walked through the outdoor space of the restaurant last Saturday night (after dinner at Buccan) and was stunned at the beauty of the setting, amidst Brazilian Court's artfully lit tropical gardens. (looks like a great place to stay!) What struck me was how dressed up the patrons were--most men in tie and jacket. Definitely an older crowd. A friend is agitating to have brunch there on a weekend; I admit the thought does not wow me, but wanted to hear accounts of anyone who has had this meal there recently. Any comments??

              1. re: erica

                I have had only good experiences at Cafe Boulud which includes a dinner visit within the past couple months. The menu changes seasonally so it's hard to suggest particular items but I've yet to have a miss there. And yes, it is very much a distinguished Palm Beach crowd.

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Thanks. I will try to dig up some appropriate clothing and maybe give it a try this season. If I do, I will report back. Anyone looking for a romantic setting would do well to check out CB.