Boulud Sud is Daniel's homage to Mediterranean cuisine and showcases the delicious flavors of France's Cote d'Azur, Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa and Turkey. As a big fan of this type of cuisine, I was really looking forward to sampling menu! With some expert guidance from Sommelier Michael Madrigale, we ordered a variety of selections that provided a nice representation of what Boulud Sud had to offer.
One thing I always order at Chef Boulud's restaurants is his latest incarnation of the Pork Belly. The man certainly knows his way around a cochon and this dish was no exception! The pork was positively succulent and served on a bed of white bean puree and pepperonata topped with a flourish of bitter greens. The tangy roasted peppers, creamy puree and decadent pork belly harmonized together beautifully. This dish paired deliciously with a glass of 2010 Chateau de Roquefort Cotes de Provence Rose with it's notes of red berries and food friendly acidity.
Each dish we sampled at Boulud Sud demonstrated a wonderful interplay of flavor and texture. The array of offerings truly captures the essence of the Mediterranean and offers the best of this exotic locale to New York City diners, sans airfare. In addition to the creative and delicious dishes, I greatly appreciate that wine also plays such an integral role in Chef Boulud's cuisine. To this point, he was featured on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine last month in recognition of his emphasis and dedication to the importance of wine as a part of the dining experience.
|Michael Madrigale and Me|
Next time you find yourself in New York with a craving for Mediterranean cuisine, swing by Boulud Sud and give one of these delicious dishes a try. Be careful, however, if you have tickets to a show or, for that matter, a flight! It is very tempting to linger over the last of dessert and a fabulous glass of wine.