Cafe Boulud Palm Beach Quietly Underwent A Complete Renovation, And With Its Sleek New Look, Comes New Menu Items
Long-time Palm Beach favorite Café Boulud, at The Brazilian Court Hotel, recently underwent a big refresh.
The eatery by chef-restaurateur Daniel Boulud now features a sleek, contemporary design, expanded 15-seat bar and transformed menu that offers lighter French cuisine alongside the classics.
Café Boulud's new bar is about triple the size of the previous beverage counter. It has been relocated to be a central focus of the restaurant, which strives to offer an approachable environment for guests who may want an imaginative cocktail, craft beers on tap, or a quick bite of food from the bar menu.
Overall, the redesign of the restaurant—formerly bright yellow with a resort-feel—now reflects a move away from the traditional Palm Beach look and features a more elegant design. Neutral color tones, warm wood flooring around the bar, and a ceiling made from sea shells and Pecky Cypress wood have lightened up the space.
While the main dining room closed for renovations during the month of October, the restaurant kept serving guests in the outdoor Courtyard Terrace, which remains untouched.
As for the Café Boulud menu, the exemplary French classics are still there, of course—escargot and steak tartare, among them—but the new menu also serves to highlight regional seafood, from local blackened mahi to swordfish with sweet corn succotash, in a way that fits the Palm Beach palate.
Fresh produce is also highlighted, with seasonal ingredients featured in dishes such as the pumpkin velouté (a thick soup) and beet and endive salad.
The menu format itself has also changed—no longer featuring designated "Le Voyage" selections—and will continue to evolve, according to general manager Jason Lakow.
Café Boulud's private events spaces, the Ballroom and Conservatory, have also been transformed so that parties of up to 150 people can easily be accommodated.
A few more changes are still coming, including wooden tabletops with green place settings to darken up the space a bit and a finalized menu format, Lakow said.
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Cafe Boulud Palm Beach; 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach