La Boulangerie Boul’Mich expands brand to Boca Raton

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Staff report

Escape throngs of shoppers and grab a pastry, lunch or coffee inside a European-inspired bistro at Boca’s Town Center Mall.

Miami-based La Boulangerie Boul’Mich has opened its sixth location at the mall near Saks Fifth Avenue.

The French artisanal deli, bakery and café with a Latin American twist is inspired by the Bohemian and informal ambience along the Boul’Mich, the nickname given to the Boulevard St. Michel in the Latin Quarter of Paris known for its cafés, coffee shops, bookstores and boutiques.

This is the sixth location of La Boulangerie Boul’Mich. Villa Sota Holding LLC restaurant group, established in 2014, has locations in Key Biscayne, Aventura, Coral Way, Pinecrest and Fort Lauderdale. Now, they have expanded into Palm Beach County with the mall location.

“La Boulangerie Boul’Mich guests look for a new experience while discovering delicious flavors,” said Villa Sota Holding LLC Partner Avy Cohen. “They want to taste something different where food quality is excellent and always fresh, and enjoy international artisanal and homemade style cuisine with the best local ingredients.”

All menu items are made fresh daily, in house and from scratch. Prep work is done from a state-of-the-art 3,000-square-foot commissary in Miami. The group has its own distribution systems that delivers all the ingredients and supplies daily to all the stores.

They use their own proprietary recipes for its artisan breads, pastries, pastas, juices, soups, omelets, quiches, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, entrees and desserts. Many recipes have been passed down from the partners’ grandmothers.

Desserts do not use preservatives, gelatins, or additives and are served in recyclable glass jar containers that guests can take home.

Using recycled and reclaimed items is important to the restaurateurs, which is evident in the decor. Vintage antiques line the walls from baking tools to old cameras. Booth seating uses old coffee bags to create back rests. The industrial era vibe meets cozy cafe provides a meeting spot that is ideal for both a business meeting and a get together with friends.

The restaurant can be accessed from inside the mall or outside. It opens for breakfast at 8 a.m. before the mall is open.

Breakfast options, which come with freshly squeezed orange juice and American coffee with free refills, are served all day— and night.

Menu items fuse Europe and Latin American flavors.

“We believe the European and Latin American cultures are a perfectly natural fit at the table at family gatherings, business meetings and more,” Cohen said.  “So many of the products you find in Europe, you will find with a twist in Latin America.”

For example, Cohen shares that there is a variety of influences served up for breakfast. There are omelets, quiches, the Perico (scrambled eggs typical from Venezuela and other Latin American countries) and Huevos Rancheros (from Mexico).

An example of “a mix” is the  La Boulangerie Boul’Mich Chocolate Croissant. It is deliberately not called a “Pain au Chocolat” as is the name of the traditional French chocolate version of a croissant because the La Boulangerie Boul’Mich recipe uses chocolate chips and is baked in a half-moon croissant shape, not the traditional French shape.

Other menu offerings include dessert in jars, empanadas, sandwiches, vegetarian soups and salads.

There are plenty of coffee options including a Nutccino, a cappuccino made with Nutella.