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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