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Daytime dining at La Goulue will mushroom from weekend brunches to include weekday offerings when the French bistro introduces lunch and late-afternoon menus this week..
Featuring classic French bistro fare and light bites, the new menus will be offered Monday through Friday, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and late-afternoon — called apero — from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
The expanded daytime presence builds on La Goulue’s brunch, which began on Sundays last December after the 138-seat restaurant made its Palm Beach debut with dinner in October 2020.
Saturday brunch was added this past Thanksgiving weekend.
Making the most of daytime service “is something we’ve wanted to do for a while,” the restaurant’s general manager, Luke Bjoin, said Wednesday.
“Guests have asked about lunch and afternoon service, especially now that we’re established here,” he told the Daily News. “It’s exciting to do this during the holiday season.”
The lunch menu includes some of La Goulue’s greatest hits — such as tuna tartare and cheese souffle — made famous at the original La Goulue in New York, a longtime Upper East side bistro with a well-heeled following.
Salmon gravlax, escargots and beef tartare are among the appetizers, which start at $16. Salads, $18 to $26, include salad Nicoise with seared tuna, hard-boiled egg, green beans, tomato, fingerling potato and house vinaigrette.
Entrees include an omelet (choice of ham, salmon, cheese or ratatouille served with a petite salad); croque monsieur sandwich; and avocado toast (topped with a poached egg, chopped scallions, poppy seeds and red pepper flakes and served with a petite salad). They start at $23 for a 10-ounce Black Angus cheeseburger served with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, “secret sauce” and frites.
Other entrees include seared King salmon with green beans and Meyer lemon sauce; entrecote with frites and salad; and chicken “supreme” with broccolini and spicy tarragon sauce.
Moules frites is a lunch item that La Goulue regular Steven Wolf, a private-equity investor with a nearby Royal Palm Way office, has enjoyed at dinner.
"Having a quality restaurant like La Goulue a few doors down from my office has been terrific,” said Wolf. “When they start lunch, I'll probably be there twice a week."
La Goulue’s Apero menu offers smaller plates and caviars by the ounce — plus half-off cocktails and wines by the glass, Bjoin said.
Beef carpaccio, shrimp cocktail and a charcuterie-and-cheese plate are among the offerings, which start at $18 for an endive salad with blue cheese, apples and roasted walnuts.
Caviars by the ounce ($65 to $155) are served with blinis, diced onion, chopped egg, crème fraiche and chives.
For more information, call La Goulue at 561-284-6292 or visit lagouluepalmbeach.com.
This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Daily News: La Goulue in Palm Beach adds lunch, afternoon menu starting Monday