One of my favorite South Florida eateries – Café Boulud Palm Beach, Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, has debuted a new renovation, featuring an expanded and relocated bar, sleek contemporary design, and a new menu featuring the French cuisine Boulud is known for, with a lighter approach.
Chef Daniel Boulud and Executive Chef Rick Mace have created a menu that balances signature Boulud dishes and French favorites inspired by his restaurants around the world with a spotlight on the region’s incredible seafood and produce.
At its core, the menu showcases classic French dishes synonymous with Boulud, but modernized to suit the cosmopolitan palate of Palm Beach: local Blackened Mahi with squash gratin and buttermilk; and Swordfish with sweet corn succotash and sauce diable, as well as seafood dishes such as Dover Sole Meunière, fileted tableside.
Beet and Endive Salad, Pheasant Pâté en Croûte, or Pumpkin Velouté highlight the season’s fresh appetizers; the main courses include 14 oz Grass-fed Beef Striploin, Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder, Roasted Farm Chicken and a great Chateaubriand for two. Each comes with seasonal and local accompaniments. A raw bar-style menu highlights favorites like Local Rock Shrimp, Florida Stone Crab Claws, and Oysters on the Half Shell.
At the center of the new renovation is the enlarged bar area – at 15 seats, it is three times the size as before. The bar’s menu includes a new cocktail list, craft beers on tap, and food served throughout the day allowing guests to drop in at any hour for a quick bite or a relaxed meal
The Bar Menu features dishes a selection of soups, salads and sandwiches, and perennial favorites including a Cubano with house-cured pork, pickles and mustard (my favorite), Maine Lobster Roll, and the CBPB Burger.
In a shift away from tropical and traditional Palm Beach décor, the new design is lighter and elegant, achieved with unique touches like a shimmery ceiling made from sea shells and Pecky Cyprus, improved lighting, and warm wood flooring surrounding the glowing bar.
The Courtyard Terrace at the Brazilian Court, a longtime favorite place to dine among Palm Beach locals, remains untouched.
Café Boulud’s Ballroom and Conservatory, among Florida’s most popular private venues for weddings, celebrations, and corporate events, also have been transformed. The French doors separating the two spaces have been removed allowing contiguous seating for parties up to 150. The Ballroom’s high-drama, glass skylight has been tripled in size that allows a glow of natural light into the room.
The conservatory has been freshened up and lightened to showcase the sun-drenched, open and airy room.