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“Great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat

Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat
Rabot Estate, Soufriere 312, St. Lucia
+1-758-457-1624
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Ranked #6 of 25 Restaurants in Soufriere
Cuisines: Caribbean, European, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Perched high up between the Piton mountains, The Boucan Restaraunt is open to both residents and non residents. Boucan is The Hotel Chocolat’s own restaurant, where guests can experience Cacao Cuisine. The word “Boucan” refers to the traditional West Indian name for a cocoa drying facility. The restaurant is built on the site of the Rabot Estate’s original Boucan. Boucan is also linked to “boucaneer” or “buccaneer,” the local pirates that would smoke and dry their food to preserve it for long trips at sea. The Boucan offers a strong connection with cacao and chocolate. For over 3,000 years, cacao has been used as a savory ingredient and for 500 as a sweet ingredient. The menu explores both, with the chefs taking their inspiration from the fresh cacao growing all around the estate, together with amazing local fish and seafood, salad leaves, vegetables and plentiful fruit. However the cuisine is far from cocoa heavy. The menu often makes use of cacao as a light, subtle spice or as an infusion. The desserts make full and imaginative use of the estate cacao, with each evening meal rounded off with the day’s new chocolate creation. Boucan’s breathtaking minimalist design includes a soaring roof inspired by the shape of the cacao tree, with its branches reaching to the sky, and shaded by the lush rainforest canopy. Its high platform is a centre stage for the Big Nature views all around.Dining at the Hotel Chocolat's Boucan Restaurant, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or the fabulous sundowner cocktails, is an experience to be shared and cherished.We passionately believe we are certainly offering something very different at Boucan. The dress code is smart/casual and ladies a cocktail dress is never out of place!
Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

everything about this place was great! nice cocktail menu and drinks, the wine selection and food were outstanding!

Visited June 2012
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Judy B, Head of Guest Relations at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Cocktails and wine list a bit of a speciality, so thanks v much for mentioning.
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Woodstock, Canada
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13 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“expected more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Was there for my brothers wedding reception.Had a steak earlier in the day at Orlandos and was much better than the rib-eye I had here. The wedding party was around 30 people and for the amount of staff they had working back in the kitchen (at least 12) the food was slow coming out. The first table that got their food was done well before the 3rd table got their food. It was a nice place and had a great view. Drove by it many times and didn't realize it was as develpoed as it is. Wasn't impressed because of all the hype.

Visited May 2013
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Judy B, Head of Guest Relations at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Not sure where the hype is coming from! Just keeping our heads down and focusing on trying to build and maintain a reputation for unique and authentic food. Please give us another chance to impress but perhaps come with an open mind.
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Denver, Colorado
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“Chocolate!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Boucan offers superb views, well crafted cocktails, and an inventive menu. We enjoyed a lunch and all of the chocolate themed dishes were well balanced with the chocolate flavors coming through in surprising ways. I would recommend a visit to Boucan for any visitor to St. Lucia.
We had lunch following the Bean to Bar Chocolate tour that is also hosted on the grounds of Hotel Chocolat. Not to be missed!

Visited May 2013
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Judy B, Head of Guest Relations at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Can’t ask for more than you have mentioned. Truly thank you.
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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

As soon as we walked in I loved the atmosphere of this place. We were staying at the Ladera Resort right across the street, so it was a quick walk there. The food was delicious! My husband was a little hesitant about the chocolate theme, but we soon found that everything does not taste like you are eating a chocolate bar. It only acts as a compliment to the other flavors infused into the dishes. We enjoyed our meal so much that we hoped we would get another chance to eat there during our visit, unfortunately we never got a chance to. I highly recommend the chicken curry and the ravioli... also the creme brulee for dessert was to die for!

  • Visited May 2013
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Judy B, Head of Guest Relations at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
First impressions are important and we try to create a unique feel when you step into Boucan, day or night. Thanks for mentioning this.
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“Not as good as it used to be”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This was my second visit to Hotel Chocolat's restaurant. I loved it last time but this time the food wasn't up to scratch. Wouldn't go back.

Visited May 2013
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Judy B, Head of Guest Relations at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
If anything our standards have improved over the last months, with more experience in our team, better sourcing of local ingredients. Perhaps if you could provide a bit of detail we could react to your review?
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