Chef Daniel Boulud Opened His First Restaurant in the Caribbean

Courtesy Rosewood Baha Mar

It’s French cuisine with an island twist.

Chef Daniel Boulud is known for his New York City restaurants and six others in various national and international destinations. But the famous French chef just launched a first in his career: opening his first restaurant in the Caribbean.

Home to famous hotel brands Rosewood, SLS, and Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar returned this spring with new celebrity chef partners for guests, with the highlight being Boulud. Café Boulud, which opened in March, has all the glamorous elements of traditional French cuisine in a new elegant Bahamian setting. The new restaurant features famous French dishes Boulud is known for and also showcasing local fares like rock lobster, salt fish, conch ceviche, red snapper, and even cochon de lait.

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To curate the menu at Rosewood Baha Mar, Boulud visited the resort to meet with local producers, fishers, and suppliers to ensure the menu. He wanted to ensure it reflected his style of classical French cuisine while also highlighting the seasonality of the Caribbean. A prime example of this blend is Boulud’s signature dish, Paupiette of Sea Bass, which has a local twist using the freshest island ingredients.

And another attraction for the chef was the proximity to NYC, where he owns seven restaurants.

Interior of Cafe Boulud in the Caribbean
Courtesy Rosewood Baha Mar

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“Baha Mar is a world-class resort and a fantastic destination just two and a half hours from New York,” Boulud told Departures in a statement. “Many of Cafe Boulud’s guests travel to The Bahamas, and we felt partnering with Rosewood on this spectacular project was a perfect fit, with the many shared values among our brands and clientele.”

While Café Boulud is undoubtedly one of the highlights, the resort also added several other new offerings. Famed dessert-themed restaurant Sugar Factory opened this month and a new 18-hole championship miniature golf course dubbed Mini Blue, and a new luxury beachfront water park called Baha Bay.

As of May 1, visitors traveling to The Bahamas "who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel."