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“Close to being very very good - worth a visit”

Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat
Ranked #3 of 34 Restaurants in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Perched high up between the Piton mountains, The Boucan Restaraunt is open to both residents and non residents. Boucan is The Hotel Chocolat’s own restaurant, where guests can experience Cacao Cuisine. The word “Boucan” refers to the traditional West Indian name for a cocoa drying facility. The restaurant is built on the site of the Rabot Estate’s original Boucan. Boucan is also linked to “boucaneer” or “buccaneer,” the local pirates that would smoke and dry their food to preserve it for long trips at sea. The Boucan offers a strong connection with cacao and chocolate. For over 3,000 years, cacao has been used as a savory ingredient and for 500 as a sweet ingredient. The menu explores both, with the chefs taking their inspiration from the fresh cacao growing all around the estate, together with amazing local fish and seafood, salad leaves, vegetables and plentiful fruit. However the cuisine is far from cocoa heavy. The menu often makes use of cacao as a light, subtle spice or as an infusion. The desserts make full and imaginative use of the estate cacao, with each evening meal rounded off with the day’s new chocolate creation. Boucan’s breathtaking minimalist design includes a soaring roof inspired by the shape of the cacao tree, with its branches reaching to the sky, and shaded by the lush rainforest canopy. Its high platform is a centre stage for the Big Nature views all around.Dining at the Hotel Chocolat's Boucan Restaurant, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or the fabulous sundowner cocktails, is an experience to be shared and cherished.We passionately believe we are certainly offering something very different at Boucan. The dress code is smart/casual and ladies a cocktail dress is never out of place!
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We have visited the sister restaurant Rabot 1745 in London and enjoyed interesting meals there, so were keen to see if Boucan lived up to expectations whilst staying locally at Sugar Beach, a short taxi ride away. We arrived early in order to catch the sunset, and the bar was empty but it was lovely to see the sun set behind Petit Piton with cocktails in hand - note there is no sea view here - this restaurant/hotel is set slightly inland - but still a superb setting.
Bar service was a little frustrating - we ordered cocktails and a while later were told they didn't have the ingredients, eg mint for a mojito - which would have been less irritating if they had told us upon ordering, and especially as there were no other guests to delay things. But the final cocktails we received were excellent and unusual (can't recall the name but the chocolate caramel one was great!).
We then moved over to the dining side and service was good. However they had someone over from the London restaurant to develop the kitchen staff and even though we were not sitting close to the open serving hatch we could clearly hear him haranguing the chefs - eg "I've been waiting 11 minutes for the x, its not good enough" etc. It felt a bit like we were in an episode of Hell's Kitchen and was quite amusing.
We nonetheless really enjoyed our starter and main course dishes, along with the complementary amuse bouche and breads and dips. The lamb main in particular was outstanding. The only small disappointment was the Rabot Chocolate Lava (chocolate fondant) which wasn't as good as that which we'd tried across at Dasheen, as too dry. It was much longer than the advised wait time, so perhaps got forgotten by the kitchen - the manager did apologise for the delay.
Overall we would recommend this restaurant for something different in an attractive setting, and hopefully after the kitchen team have had the benefit of their month's coaching all will be calm and efficient! One final positive - they make a point of not including service charge on the bill, unlike other similar standard establishments in the area - so tips are totally discretionary, as they should be.

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Judy B, Guest Relations Manager at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

Delighted that you noticed that we do not charge "service charge" and leave this discretion to our dining guests. Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 18 March 2016

During a day trip, we stopped off at the Hotel Chocolat. Stunning location, but do take extra care and take some bug/insect spray as this is almost located in lush forest.
The bar/restaurant location is worthy of our visit alone as we had a frontside table with full view of little piton.
The drinks and food menu was great with lots of choice, however a little expensive.
The chocolate volcano dessert was delicious, but at £14 it needed to be.

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Judy B, Guest Relations Manager at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

We always have complementary mosquito spray at our front desk for our visiting guests feel free to ask. Chocolate Lava cake is the most popular dessert on our menu happy you enjoyed it, might have been a typo but it is US$14.00

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

The view is unbeatable, they have a gem here. direct line of sight views of the Pitons, and just a 2 minute drive to the backside of the sulphur springs volcano. The staff were wonderful, the smell of chocolate was delicious, and the plantation was neat to see. I would recommend eating here. by St. Lucia standards this was well priced, especially considering the location. Try the dessert that tells the story of chocolate from bean to table.

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Judy B, Guest Relations Manager at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

Chocolate Genesis which gives you 9 stage to taste from the bean to exquisite truffles and rare chocolate, thank you for the lovely review

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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

My wife and I ate here for dinner on a Saturday evening. Everything was perfect - the dinner, ambiance, live music. Bread with different chocolate infused dips was wonderful. I had the prime rib - best I've ever had. Wife had the hamburger - delicious as well. Would recommend potentially getting a different side with the rib other than sweet potato fries - didn't prefer those.

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the hotel and only planned on eating in their restaurant once or twice as we like to explore. However the food, service and experience was so superb we ate there most nights. The entertainment on their BBQ night (fire eating etc) was amazing. Price was fare as the food is outstanding. Book up and if you are this was consider staying a night and defiantly do the chocolate tour, it's incredible.

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Judy B, Guest Relations Manager at Boucan Restaurant & Bar by Hotel Chocolat, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

glad you enjoyed our Tuesday BBQ evening with our spectacular floor show, a night not to be missed.

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