After much anticipation for the newest Boulud ventures in our neighborhood, the husband and I tried Boulud Sud last Friday evening for dinner. The night before I had picked up from Epicerie Boulud around the corner and was somewhat dissappointed - more on that in another post.
Service at Boulud Sud was polished and professional - props for a well-trained staff on the 4th-ish night of dinner service. On to the food... We were served the complimentary bread with olive oil poured over a plate with a bit of rosemary and salt - nice touch. We started with the Tomato and Sheeps Milk Cheese small plate, which consisted of whipped ricotta and oregano (fantastic), pan con tomate (good - nothing special), and grilled manouri cheese with tomato confit (the weakest link). The size was good for sharing among the 2 of us.
Next was the stuffed squid and the harissa spiced mussels. The squid was served in a (stewed?) tomato sauce and was stuffed with chorizo, rice and swiss chard. Although Valencia rice is supposed to be slightly sticky, I found the rice a little too sticky and didn't enjoy the crunchy/chewy/sticky textural component. The mussels were served without their shells and were quite delicious; very plump and flavorful/well spiced. We used the bread to mop up the sauces of both dishes.
For our main courses we had the grilled scallops and the grilled short rib on the bone. The scallops were also served in a stewed tomato sauce, but by this point I had enough of this sauce. After the tomato small plate and mopping up the tomato sauce from the squid dish, the stewed tomato sauce served here felt tired and one-note. The scallops were well cooked however. The short ribs were very meaty and delicious; the only word I can think of to describe them is "heady." The portion was quite substantial as well. Probably my favorite dish of the night, followed by the mussels, then the ricotta. Oh, and we also ordered a side of potatoes.
The evening was good, not great. I think I was expecting more from this restaurant. The menu seems too large to me, some flavors from the different dishes we ordered seemed too similar/repetitive. We will be back, but will order more carefully (keeping the repeating flavors thing in mind).
20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023