As there's been so little mention so far on this board of the Cafe Boulud in the new Four Seasons Hotel at Bay and Yorkville, I thought I'd post a few comments of my own following a dinner I had their last night with an old friend of mine.
Cafe Boulod is clearly more than just a "cafe", but it's not aiming to be "fine dining". either.The room itself has a fairly utilitarian look about it with bare wooden tables with place mats and fairly simple chairs. However, it has a high roof and is open on one side, so it has an spacious and airy feeling to it and the noise level I found very acceptable, Mercifully, the music is very much in the background.
I took our waiter's suggestion and had the octopus "a la plancha" ($19) for my starter. It was pleasant but I couldn't say much more than that about it. I was much more enthusiastic about my main course, the roasted Ontario veal loin ($32). It was juicy and the proper shade of light pink. The accompanying vegetables - spinach and carrots - had been carefully cooked and a creamy polenta, served in a little covered copper pot, came as a side. Both starter and main were served in these large, white rimmed bowls which seem to be all over the place these days. For desert I had an apple cake ($11). It was pretty to look at with the cake surrounded by matchsticks of apple, little blobs of something green and some ginger ice cream but I thought the apple flavour of the cake itself was a little subdued. We finished with coffee ($5).
As for drinks, I started with a martini ( Grey Goose but $!9!). We then shared a bottle of beaujolais ($56). With food, drinks, tax and a 15% tip the total was $140 per person.
I happen to live in the neighbourhood, so for me it's a pleasant addition to the local restaurants but I don't see it as more than that.