My elementary school friend and I decided to go to Cafe Boulud for dinner this past Wednesday. At first we were going to go to Nota Bene but my friend’s colleagues were raving about Cafe Boulud so we decided to change the restaurant. Cafe Boulud is located on the second floor of the Four Seasons Hotel at Bay and Yorkville. It’s very fancy so dress appropriately. We had reservations at 7:45pm however the restaurant was running late so we had to wait for a table.
We were given a bread basket with butter when we sat down. My friend liked the bread whereas I wasn’t a fan of it. I much prefer the bread at bb33 bistro and brasserie. My friend and I both ordered the Seared Albacore Tuna for the appetizer and the Caramelized Pear Sundae for dessert. My friend had the Grilled Mackerel while I got the Roasted Lamb Shoulder.
While we were waiting for our food, we were given caviar on top of yogurt and shrimp cracker which were compliments of the chef. My friend didn’t like it while I thought it was alright.
The seared albacore tuna includes iceberg lettuce, citrus confit, blood orange, and buddha’s hand. It was delicious. My friend liked how the appetizer has sweet accents to it.
The grilled mackerel has wheat berries, smoked paprika and mussel escabeche. The mussel escabeche was quite tasty. My friend thought it was slightly salty albeit delicious.
The roasted lamb shoulder also has pommes boulanger, heirloom carrot, and parsley root in natural jus. I found it abit too salty for my tastes. While it was quite tasty, I ate it with bread to help dilute the saltiness.
The caramelized pear sundae includes anise tuile, caramel sauce, whipped cream and calvados ice cream. Calvados is an apple brandy from Normandy. My friend was debating between the Chocolate Gateaux and the pear sundae while I was debating between the pear sundae and the Coffee & Cardamom Sundae. Our server said that we couldn’t go wrong with any of the desserts. My friend went with the pear sundae when the server said that the cake was rectangular and the portion was small. The people at the table next to us had the chocolate cake and coffee & cardamom sundae. The chocolate cake is a similar size to the single serving mini-cakes found at a grocery store’s bakery. The chocolate cake comes with a scoop of pecan bourbon ice cream. The coffee & cardamom sundae looked like a combination of chocolate and coffee. It made me wish that I could order two desserts rather than having to make a choice.
Overall, while Cafe Boulud is pricy at $45 + tax and tip for a Winterlicious dinner; it’s worth it for the dessert and appetizer.