Time Out says
An outpost of the New York flagship, serving modern French and American food.
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.
The full à la carte bistro menu, served Monday to Saturday, plus Sunday evenings, is based on seasonal, rustic French cooking, and includes an array of charcuterie, house-made terrines, pâtés, hams, saucissons, boudins and more, specially prepared onsite.
Also featured are Boulud's popular American transplants, the 'yankee' and 'piggie' burgers, as well as the signature 'BB' burger - unique to London.
The seasonal bistro menu includes an impressive selection of house-made terrines and pâtés, as well as a handful of signature sausages and burgers, adding an American touch to this French inflected bistro and wine bar.
The interiors are inspired by a contemporary take on the craft of winemaking with a sleek open kitchen and vaulted ceilings, while the deep, red-leather banquettes and zinc-topped bar create a comfortable and welcoming surrounding for a truly unique London experience.
The wine list focuses on Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, including many fine selections by the glass, as well as a wide array of draught and bottled beers. Two private dining rooms await those seeking a more intimate gathering.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
|Price:||Main courses £11.75-£29|
|Opening hours:||Bar: Mon-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-midnight. Restaurant: Mon-Sat noon-11.45; Sun noon-10.45pm|
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Users say (15)
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A friend and I went on the Time Out offer last night. It was a true 5 star experience. Staff were very polite, in abundance, well-presented, attractive, helpful and friendly. Tap water is available if you ask for it and I didn't feel embarrassed by the request. Water glasses were topped up continuously by waiters. Food was faultless and flavoursome. Starter was beautifully presented and consisted of three tasters with flat breads. Plenty of bread in the bread basket which was also replenished without request. Choice of mains: we had the tagine which certainly didn't disappoint and was served in the tagine itself. Desserts offered a choice of three scoops of different flavoured ice creams (the waiter kindly informed us of these flavours) and a delightful almond gateau. The carafe of wine was a good, cold rose. All followed up with choice of tea or coffee.
We had been told by email that we would have a two hour slot reservation but after three hours we suddenly became aware of the time but nobody had asked us to leave, even though the restaurant was busy and lively.
What a marvellous deal for less than £22 each with the fabulous TO card! The discretionary tip was only £7.33. Two very satisfied customers!
The service from the staff was amazing, I have to say for a more upscale restaurant I would have expected better chips with the steak - The duck, however, was great and the wine was also good
Epic sticky toffee pudding and extensive wine list. The famous foie gras burger is a must try, not to mention the fluffy gruyere puffs. Found the staff very friendly and accommodating.
One of the best burgers in London from a man who knows a thing or two. It's vastly different from Daniel in New York but I think it suits London better. Awesome service, too.
Went for afternoon tea yesterday. It was incredible! They made a point of explaining that it was not your typical afternoon tea (possibly because of complaints in the past) but having done my research I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. The beautiful cake stands came out adorned with a base layer of savoury. No scones or cucumber sandwiches but a silky smooth chicken liver pate, crayfish sandwich and a pot of heavenly salmon pate. An upper layer of macaroons and ginger cake toppe with a layer of passionfruit tart and something my husband described as Chocolate Goo-but the nicest Goo he'd ever eaten. Yes it's expensive but afternoon tea in a central London location is always going to be. Couldn't fault the service either. Win all round.
Service was great. Food was okay, didn't serve tea and scones which was a bit disappointing, Overall rather expensive for what we got.