Michelin Chef and James Beard Award winner, Daniel Boulud, has perfected upscale French dining as chef and owner of fifteen world renowned restaurants, and author of eight books. Palm Beach is home to one of just four of Chef Daniel Boulud's four US-locations (outside of New York), and we couldn't be more thrilled about it!
Café Boulud showcases signature Boulud dishes at Palm Beach's premier resort and dining destination, The Brazilian Court Hotel. The elegant hotel has a lovely setting complete with an outdoor terrace that is the perfect location to enjoy Chef Daniel Boulud's fabulous French cuisine and cocktails, particularly during the winter months when al fresco dining is always at or around 72 degrees F.
We spent the most lovely afternoon experiencing Café Boulud's fabulous happy hour in the elegant ambience of The Brazilian Court, surrounded by Palm Beach's classiest crowd. Offered daily from 4pm to 6pm, happy hour features $8 select wines and signature cocktails, and a light fare menu. We indulged in a wonderful assortment of bites and beverages, starting in the courtyard before making our way to the bustling lounge complete with live piano entertainment. Here's how we spent our afternoon at one of our new favorite go-to happy hour destinations on the Island!
Seated in the picturesque lush courtyard of The Brazilian Court, we sipped cocktails and chatted to the sound of water fountains bubbling away in the background. Our favorite cocktail (possibly of anywhere we've ever been) is the White Cosmopolitan, a beautiful drink served in a martini glass and a carafe with vodka, elderflower liqueur, white cranberry, and of course, an orchid ice sphere! Though for us, this stunning and refreshing cocktail stole the show, all of the cocktails were truly delicious, including a lovely Manhattan Winter Tale with rye whiskey, apple cider and sweet vermouth, topped with a sugar soaked cherry, and a perfectly poured classic Old Fashioned on cubed ice.
We were presented with a selection of vibrant and savory dishes, introduced by the Café Boulud Executive Chef Rick Mace, all of which were exquisite. A beautiful charcuterie board offering a selection of exotic and delicious meats and cheeses to chose from, including chicken liver mousse, mortadella, serrano ham, saucisson sec, pâté de campaign, cana de cobra, toma, brie, and fourme d’ambers. Pan roasted mussels were served in a smoked sweet tomato curry with greens and a foam mousse that were divine. Next we indulged in smoked lamb ribs that were cooked to perfection and flavored with a chimichurri sauce, a crowd favorite. Last but certainly not least was a BBQ short rib dumpling that the chef created after an inspirational working trip to Japan. The dumplings were finished with a lovely Shoyu dipping sauce. Heavenly.
Around sunset we moved into the dimly lit lounge adjacent to the backlit bar. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Kawai piano comes to life with live music from a collection of musicians playing Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and other classic, jazz and contemporary tunes.
We continued to sip and nibble while enjoying the sounds of Sasha, who was taking requests and delivering outstanding performances. The evening winded down with an order of Confit Duck Cigars with foie gras and cherry, and the Boulud Sud Mezzo featuring hummus, baba ganoush and herb falafel, both pairing well of course with our White Cosmopolitans.
From the quite courtyard cocktails, to the vibrant and lively lounge, there was one constant throughout our time at Café Boulud, which was the impeccable service. Beginning the moment we arrived and spanning several hours, everyone we encountered was an absolute joy, genuinely kind, professional, and attentive to detail, and we want to thank the staff for a truly wonderful experience. While we were reluctant to leave, we look forward to our next adventure at Café Boulud.
Café Boulud | The Brazilian Court Hotel | 301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach | Website
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