Last week while on vacation in St. Lucia we had dinner at Boucan. We were staying at Ladera just across the street and stopped in at the restaurant during the day. We were excited about the addition of chocolate to all of their dishes.
Upon arriving we were seated in the lounge area even though three quarters of the restaurant was empty. We were not asked if we wanted to have dinner directly. We were given menus which we browsed but seemed to wait about 10 - 15 minutes to order a drink (again there was no one else in the lounge area).
When we were taken to our table the lounge waiter showed us a row of tables near the kitchen and the reception area. I found this a bit odd because there were a lot of tables available in the middle row and a table near the edge of the balcony.
We chose a table near the reception area as we did not want to sit near the busy kitchen area. We had already looked at the menu while drinking our cocktails and were ready to order. It was another 10 minutes or so before our waitress came over to take our order. She did not introduce herself and she didn't seem very happy about being there (no smile, no "how are you this evening").
She took our order and our dinner was good. The citrus salad was especially delicious. My husband order the angus beef which he reported was delicious. I ordered the Doral with creamed leeks. The Doral was tasty but a bit dry. The leeks were very good. The molten lava cake I ordered was superb but my husband's Piton desert was what it claimed to be - like soup - not very appetizing and more like something you might see at Denny's. At one point my husband ordered another glass of wine. My glass was almost empty but the waitress just walked away without even asking me if I would like a glass as well.
The food was good but not what we would expect for a $35 for each entree. I have had better food at lesser restaurants. The real disappointment was the staff. There was no lack of staff. In fact some of them were just standing around chatting to each other. At one point our waitress skipped around the corner with the bartender and they were laughing and fooling around behind the wall near the bar.
None of the staff seemed truly interested in whether we were enjoying ourselves or not. We were very disappointed and would not recommend Boucan or return. Dasheene at Ladera was a much more pleasant experience.
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