Café Boulud adds Provençal flare to din­ner menu

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION - By M.M. CLOUTIER

It may be glam­orous and glitzy, but sum­mer in France’s Côte d’Azur also boasts the sim­ple plea­sures of Provençal food with in­tense fla­vors and fresh in­gre­di­ents.

That’s what has in­spired a spe­cial menu these days at Café Boulud, 301 Aus­tralian Ave.

The restau­rant re­cently launched a three-course Provençalthemed din­ner menu that’s filled with what’s de­scribed as “light and fla­vor­ful fare de­li­ciously well-suited to the long sum­mer days of South Florida.” Ex­ec­u­tive chef Rick Mace char­ac­ter­izes the fare this way: un­com­pli­cated, “not too heavy” and full of pro­duce that’s in sea­son. Provence’s fa­vorites in­gre­di­ents — veg­eta­bles, seafood, herbs, olive oil, gar­lic and tomato — are cer­tainly present.

The spe­cial three­course menu ($49) changes pe­ri­od­i­cally, but you can ex­pect to see ev­ery­thing from a lightly dressed roasted heir­loom car­rot salad with smoked al­monds to grilled sea bass with fen­nel, clams and saf­fron emul­sion.

Other dishes that have con­trib­uted to the menu so far in­clude crispy eg­g­plant with mush­room con­fit and rose­mary; Swiss chard ravi­oli with piquillo pep­per; tomato-and-en­dive salad with Ro­que­fort and basil; and braised flat­iron steak with car­rot, orange and tomato.

For dessert, of­fer­ings in­clude baked Alaska with ice cream that takes it cue from a tra­di­tional French fruit-and-al­mond candy for which Provence is known.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 655-6060 or visit cafeboulud.com/palm­beach.

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