Our Restaurant Week road trip continued Wednesday as our food warrior foursome set the car's navigation system towards Palm Beach and the Brazilian Court Hotel, where we had reservations at one of our favorite places, Cafe Boulud.
As evening approached, it was perfect weather to choose outdoor seating, and Cafe Boulud provides the perfect setting, amid lush, tropical trees, foliage and fountains.
For Restaurant Week, they offered a three-course menu priced at $55, which we perused over cocktails.
The first course selections were:
-- ANDALUCIAN GAZPACHO - Crunchy Vegetables, California Olive Oil, Rustic Croutons
-- TUNA CRUDO - Avocado, Lime, Piquillo Aioli
-- BEET & DILL SALAD - Labneh, Beetroot Millefeuille, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Benne Seed
Decisions, decisions! Pam and I chose the Gazpacho, Eileen the Tuna and Bill the Beet Salad, so we sampled all three. The tuna and beet salad got high marks, while we found the Gazpacho, while flavorful, a little heavy-handed.
Next came entrees. On that list were:
-- CRISPY CHICKEN ROULADE “KATSU CURRY" - Japanese Curry Sauce, Green Cabbage, Lemon
-- BOUDIN BLANC - Whipped Potato, Green Apple
-- RICOTTA CAVATELLI - White Bean, Pesto Genovese, Cherry Tomato, Lemon
As a recent convert to the joys of Katsu, I had to go with the chicken, while the rest of our group went with the Boudin Blanc, which was Cajun-style, white sausage. In terms of both presentation and taste, our compliments to the chef. Both were outstanding.
Dessert time. Bill and I chose the Brazilian-style Napoleon with coffee ice cream, while Pam had the key lime pie and Eileen the chocolate tart. The tart turned out to be the clear winner of this round. But that wasn't all: The wait staff brought a bonus dessert to the table -- small confections that were part donut and part beignet. So good I wanted more!
Also to note: If you come to Cafe Boulud, you can expect to well taken care of. The service is topnotch.
While the food is the main event, for us Restaurant Week is just as much about getting together with good friends and enjoying their company, as we have with Bill and Eileen these past two weeks. We couldn't ask for better people to break bread with.
To all, we say "bon appetit"!
Exploring what to see and do in North Palm Beach and the South Florida area. Your hosts are Pam and Gerry Barker.
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