The Caribbean has long attracted the greatest French chefs.
Alain Ducasse made his brief foray into Puerto Rico. Eric Ripert’s Blue has been the Cayman Islands’ premier restaurant for years.
And Jean Georges Vongerichten has a growing portfolio of restaurants in the Caribbean, most notably at Eden Rock St Barths and a pair on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. (That’s not to mention L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in St Barth, which will start soon).
And now, one of the world’s culinary stars has finally made his Caribbean debut: Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud.
Boulud’s very first Caribbean restaurant officially opens at the Baha Mar resort on Cable Beach in Nassau, Bahamas: the new Cafe Boulud in the Bahamas.
The exceptional new restaurant, run by Executive Chef David Lepage, is located at Rosewood Baha Mar, which just reopened earlier this month.
The restaurant “offers a taste of France to the Bahamas and is sure to become a favorite,” Rosewood Baha Mar said in a statement.
It’s the latest in an impressive list of Baha Mar restaurants associated with leading culinary brands, including Chef Michael Schwartz’s Fi’lia and Dario Cecchini’s Carna.
The emphasis is on Boulud’s four “culinary muses”: La Tradition, La Saison, La Mer and Le Voyage – or tradition, seasonality, sea and travel.
The restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is typically Boulud:
But there’s Bahamian sourcing too, including dishes like Bahamian red snapper with pepper fricassee, chorizo, and mojo verde sauce.
The verdict, as one of our correspondents put it bluntly about his meal last week: “it’s unbelievable”.
It’s a major new addition to what has always been one of the most impressive Caribbean dining scenes in Nassau, from signatures like the iconic Graycliff to beloved spots like Café Matisse and Mahogany House.
To find out more, visit Cafe Boulud Bahamas.