An outpost of the New York flagship, with seamless service, outstanding modern French and American food, and an eye-catching view of the open-plan kitchen.
Bar Boulud is located in the basement of the majestic Mandarin Oriental and attracts a diverse mix of families, hotel guests, business people and romancing couples. Overseen by renowned chef Daniel Boulud, the restaurant has an eye-catching view of the open-plan kitchen where chefs work in zen-like calm. Charcuterie from Gilles Verot is a big draw, as are the elegant French brasserie options and finger-licking American staples. We’ve had burgers here and loved every bite – perhaps a beef patty topped with pulled pork and green chilli mayonnaise or a French-US collaboration of beefy burger piled high with pork confit and morbier cheese.
On our latest visit, we enjoyed such culinary gems as a robust french onion soup, resplendent with caramelised onions and topped with molten gruyère. A veritable mountain of steamed plump mussels cloaked in garlicky red chilli tomato sauce was another winner – every last saucy drop mopped up with chargrilled bread. The only downer was a lacklustre chocolate sponge layered with chilled coffee buttercream, although its accompanying scoop of coffee ice-cream saved the day. A class performance topped off by seamless service.
Also featured are Boulud's popular American transplants, the 'yankee' and 'piggie' burgers, as well as signature 'BB' Burger unique to London. A £17 two or £19 three course 'bouchon menu', changing weekly, is available until 7pm, inclusive of tea or coffee. It's an excellent option for pre-theatre dining. New to 2015, Bar Boulud now serves Sunday brunch from 11am to 3.30pm at £39, with children's menu options also available.
Showcasing an impressive selection of wines from the Burgundy and Rhône regions - and serving great wine by the glass from rare, large-format bottles - are the trademarks of Bar Boulud.