Boulud Sud Popup is Coming Back for the Summer (Photos)

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

South Florida may be one of the yachting capitals of the world, but it's not often that you find yourself sailing, drinking rose, enjoying the flavors of Mediterranean food. Well, we hate to break it you to: it's most likely not going to happen this year either.

Unless, of course, you're a winter resident of Palm Beach, chances are you're going to be sitting in your air-conditioned cubicle, looking out at hot and rainy South Florida. Sorry, that's us too.

Regardless, if you want to pretend you're enjoying that dream Mediterranean getaway, the Boulud Sud popup at Cafe Boulud is coming back to town. We spoke to Executive Chef Jim Leiken about its return.

See Also:

- Ten Best Burgers in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

- Cafe Boulud's Jim Leiken: A Q&A About Pig's Bladders and "Imaginary Daniel Boulud"

Based off Daniel Boulud's New York restaurant Boulud Sud, from July 3 to September 2, the popup will operate as its own restaurant on Cafe Boulud's terrace.

Open for dinner seven days a week, the food and atmosphere are intended to mimic the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean. In a similar fashion to last year's popup, the dining room will be decked out with Southern Mediterranean accents.

"Dressed up with full-grown olive trees, herb plants, Moroccan tagines, lavender and candles; it really felt like a little trip to a Provencal garden. The big added bonus for this year is that we are moving it 'outside', to our newly air-conditioned terrace, which for my money is one of the most beautiful dining spaces in the entire Boulud empire," said Executive Chef Jim Leiken.

The menu is based off of fare found around the Mediterranean coast: ranging from North Africa to the Cote D'Azur.

"The menu takes us a little bit out of our normal comfort zone, but once we started doing some digging and research about all the different cuisines of the Mediterranean region, you realize the incredible diversity of ingredients and techniques found in one (relatively) compact area," said Leiken.

Dishes include a wide selection of grilled fishes and lamb such as Lamb Merguez, Octopus A La Plancha, and Gambas al ajillo. The menu foregoes the heavier sauces and richer techniques of traditional French cuisine.

According to Leiken, "A lot of the cuisine is olive-oil based, with seafood, spices, and herbs figuring prominently, so we are cooking vibrantly-flavored food that is at the same time light and healthy, which a lot of our customers appreciate."

Desserts include lighter, more refreshing flavors: grapefruit givré with sesame halva, Provencal moelleux, an almond pistachio cake with strawberries and merengue, and mint chocolate pavé with chocolate sorbet.

P. Wagtouicz
Grapefruit Givre
The cocktail menu has also been revamped to capture the the region with refreshing summer drinks. The Sea Glass includes a mixture of Blanche Armagnac, L'Esprit de June, and Champagne. The Spite Route includes Rum, Campari, East India Solera Sherry, and Ginger Beer. The wines include a wide selection of varietals from around the region with rosés from France, Italy, and Spain.

The popup will serve an al-a-carte menu daily starting at 5:30 pm, with apps ranging from $10 to $18, Entrees $23 to $35, and desserts $8 to $13. A $35 prix fixe three-course menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays.

For those looking to take the stay-cation up a notch, the Brazilian Court is offering a Wine, Dine, & Stay deal, which includes an uber-luxurious room for two and three course prix fixe dinner with glass of rosé per person starting at $299 a night.

Cafe Boulud is located at 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach. Call 561-655-6060, or visit danielnyc.com.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.