The winter season on Palm Beach Island is legendary for its glitz and glamour. There really is nothing else like it. But the island’s summer season isn’t bad, either, especially at the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club.
Located in the heart of the island just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and the trendy shops on Worth Avenue, the Brazilian Court is one of the Southeast’s great boutique hotels. Each of its 80 guest rooms and suites are elegantly decorated and furnished with an Old World Spanish-style feeling that blends seamlessly with the Dutch Colonial style architecture; the pictures on its walls tell the history of the 88-year-old property and Palm Beach Island; and the hotel’s “tucked away” ambience make it a favorite for guests who want quiet luxury.
A highlight of summer at Brazilian Court is Boulud Sud Summer Pop-up, which was inspired by renowned Chef Daniel Boulud’s Manhattan-based Boulud Sud restaurant. The Brazilian Court’s Café Boulud restaurant has for the past 10 years been a favorite among guests and locals. In fact, its three course prix-fixe luncheon menu (Monday-Friday through Labor Day) is being offered for $20.03, commemorating the restaurant’s opening year – 2003. It’s one of the better bargains – and meals – you’ll find on Palm Beach Island any time of year.
The Boulud Sud Summer Popup operates as e as a stand-alone restaurant on Café Boulud’s air-conditioned terrace within the fountain courtyard from Wednesday (through Sept. 2) for dinner seven days a week. The pop-up serves an à la carte dinner menu daily from 5:30-10 p.m. and a three- course prix fixe menu for $35 per person on Saturday and Sunday.
There’s no better way to experience the hotel, Palm Beach life, and world-class dining.
“This is a second year for it,” said Café Boulud Executive Chef Jim Leiken, who came to Palm Beach from Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar in New York City. “Boulud Sud focuses on the cuisine of the entire Mediterranean – France, Italy, Span, Morocco, and Greece. It’s really diverse.
“We wanted to bring a little excitement to Palm Beach in the summer – do something a little different than what we usually do – and we thought that type of cuisine is a naturally fit for the way people eat down here.
The Popup menu, for example, Salade Tropozienne (Artichoke, Frisée, Celery, Lemon Vinaigrette), a great spice-roasted chicken for two with Couscous stuffing and mint salad, and for dessert, the Grapefruit Givre’, which is a whole frozen grapefruit hollowed out, filled grapefruit jam and lined with grapefruit sorbet.
“What’s exciting this year is that we’re doing it on the terrace,” Leiken said. “We had it air conditioned over the winter s it’s very comfortable. The terrace is a great place to sit in-season, but now it’s great in the summer.”
For the full Brazilian Court experience, the hotel is offering a package that features a three-course dinner at Café Boulud, a glass of Rose, and one-night accommodation for $299 per night (based in two people per room). The offer is good through Sept. 2.
The hotel also has a honeymoon package that includes a stay in a suite, one dozen chocolate dipped strawberries from Cafe Boulud, champagne, rose petal turndown and concierge services.
In addition, the Brazilian Court has a Florida resident’s rate (through Sept. 30) beginning at $189 per night.