Cafe Boulud, in The Brazilian Court Hotel, was a refined and elegant restaurant dining experience. We couldn't get a later reservation, so ate at the very early hour of 5:45 on Saturday evening, but we never felt rushed to get the later reservations in. The room had tables spaced far enough apart so you didn't have to listen to other conversations. And this controlled the noise factor as well, so that you didn't have to scream to be heard (unlike at Taboo!) The waiter was friendly and understood and reassured us that all allergies would be taken seriously - and all meals would be altered if there was any dairy in anything on the plate.
It is haute cuisine, but not necessarily very inventive. The menu is a little confusing. You can see it online, so I won't bother repeating it, but just to say that it's divided into four different "styles" - which can all be mixed and matched, but it looks like you have to order all within that cuisine. I don't know why they bother, and then have to have the waiter explain it. Not a huge issue, but just take note. The chef was quite willing to alter the meals, dependent on allergies, which is refreshing in a vey good quality restaurant. Some chefs are such snobs they think that the meal has to be presented the way THEY want, otherwise, order something else. Yes, that has happened to me more than once!
There were four of us with the following appetizers - heirloom tomato salad, fresh greens and chèvre, sunchoke and artichoke soup and roasted beet salad. All were lovely to look at and fresh and tasty. My F-I-L enjoyed the soup immensely and said it was the best soup he had ever had!
As main courses, three had the same - as recommended by the waiter - striped bass, while I had the local pompano (a white fish), and we shared a bottle of Chardonnay. Both of the fish dishes were fabulous - perfectly cooked and beautiful to look at. Really very tasty.
We actually were able to order TWO desserts with no dairy in them (absolutely incredible!) - the
chocolate soufflé, with sorbet and the pear tart. The chocolate soufflé was lovely silky and smooth, as you'd expect, but the pear tart was bland and boring.
You won't go wrong with a meal here. You'll pay for it, but you do get what you pay for!
We've been to just about every good restaurant in Palm Beach and this really is the best. Other reviewers have suggested Taboo (my review to follow) but please, it's not even in the same league!