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Since hitting London in 2010, superstar Daniel Boulud has charmed the capital with his New York pizazz and metropolitan French cooking. Sporting its own entrance beneath the Mandarin Oriental hotel, this self-named eatery is a democratic destination for Russian oligarchs, itinerant foodies and shopping families on the town – so perch at the zinc-topped bar with an exceptional Long Island iced tea or bag a red leather booth in the ‘cleverly designed’ dining room alongside movers and shakers such as F1 top dog Bernie Ecclestone. Everyone recommends the efficiently delivered ‘high-end’ burgers, especially the decadent version with braised short ribs, truffle and foie gras (‘have the cardiac equipment close to hand’, warns one fan). Otherwise, the kitchen sends out fabulously unfussy plates of superior charcuterie, croustillants and boudins, moules à la crème and rosemary-scented lamb chops. Service gets mixed reports, and ‘overpriced’ drinks can be a main bone of contention.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Bar Boulud

    Last time I was here too many White Cosmopolitans meant that the only thing to remind me of what I’d eaten were the stains on my shirt the next morning. Tonight I arrived in a slightly more sober state, determined to at least get past the starters before the drink got to work. I was immediately struck by the effortless class and charm of the restaurant, something alcohol had dulled my appreciation of last time around. The dining room has been cleverly designed so that it is split into several sections giving it a more intimate feel.

    The previous night I’d eaten at Balthazar, a grand brasserie that has tried incredibly hard to create a certain French mood and feeling. Bar Boulud has perfected this with ease and has the feel of a restaurant that has been running for years...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 15 September 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Bar Boulud

    Bar Boulud is the first London offering from the acclaimed Daniel Boulud, chef behind a number of restaurants across the pond including a 3 Michelin starred, self-named culinary wonder in New York. Although such lush provenance is not uncommon, I still feel hope filled tendrils curl around my brain/heart/stomach compelling me to pay a visit.

    As always, Knightsbridge is brimming with (foreign) bodies best avoided under normal circumstances, but a certain Boulud beckons and so we squeeze through a fevered throng of money-belt foisting tourists and make for the Mandarin Oriental. The restaurant is located at the lower ground floor of said hotel, and has a separate entrance to avoid the vulgarity of flapping around a hotel foyer like an odd part/ dying fish...
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  1. One of my top three burgers in London is Bar Boulud in Knightsbridge. French bistro style, sister of the New York place opened in 1998, relax venue, and the service is excellent. The placeBest view in the houseBut the main reason to return to Boulud was the latest addition to their menu, the BB burger. Foie gras, red wine braised short ribs, truffle, frisee, horseradish mayo, confit tomato, in a black onion seed bun. BB BurgerI was able to convinced Marisol to get the Piggie burger, pulled pork, green chilli mayo, bib lettuce, red cabbage slaw, in a cheddar bun. An then for starter we shared a steak tartare, which was great, nice seasoning, strong flavours, great execution, really nice. TartarePiggieThe verdict, the BB burger is excellent, nice combination of flavours, the foie gras with the short ribs amazing, an explosion of flavours in your mouth. The piggie is also great, I took a couple bites and the flavours are all there. The damage, a bit expensive 19.75 quid for the BB burger, no fries, no beer, no coke The conclusion, nice addition to the Boulud Burger family, you have four strong options, some of you would like one more than the others, but at the end at least one of them will be at the top of your list for sure. Still a strong 9.5 in my scale. Pig reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Cartoon” Elaine: Well boys, I did it. I had to stay up all night but I finally came up with a great New Yorker cartoonJerry: I'd stayed up all night I'd fixed myself up a little before I'd go outElaine: That is not the pointJerry: some mouthwash, a hat, somethingElaine: Just read it!Jerry: Pretty goodElaine: Pretty good? Well uh! This is a gem. Kramer look it… What? It's funnyJerry: It's a pig at a complain departmentElaine: And he's saying I wish I was taller, ha ha! See? that's his complaintJerry: I get itElaine: Do you, because that's not a normal complaintJerry: How about if it was something like I can't find my receipt my place's styeElaine: Everything with you has to be so jokeyJerry: I'm a comedianElaine: I wish I was taller, that's, that's, that's nice. that's realJerry: Well I got a complaint. This cartoon stinksBar BouludT: 020 7201 3899French BistroApprox Damage: £40ppArea: KnightsbridgeBorough: City of WestminsterTwitter: barbouludlondonView Larger Map Get Directions View Bird's Eye
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  1. Located in the basement of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge is Daniel Boulud’s London outpost Bar Boulud. I had lunch there just after it opened – see post Bar Boulud – Busy! Buzzy!Burgers! I enjoyed it on that visit and certainly thought about returning to try more from the Bistro inspired menu. It’s amazing to think that was over 18 months ago and I am only now returning, this time as part of a larger group.

    This visit was for lunch on a Saturday and we experienced a much less frantic environment than I remember. The ambience was actually very relaxing...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12 September 2012

    Saying it straight :: Bored at Bar Boulud.

    I’ve heard C bang on for years about Boulud in New York and how brilliant it is but I’m always a bit wary of the Ramsay-esque spread of sleb-chefs and so I hadn’t rushed to try it.

    You get there through a side entrance for the Mandarin Hotel, which is a good thing as it feels like a separate restaurant, not a hotel dining-room sort of place, at least it does when you first walk in...
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  1. Published : Monday, 25 February 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Bar Boulud

    This being his only London restaurant it’s clearly popular with the warmly welcomed locals, as when we visited on a Saturday lunchtime it was rather busy. It had a relaxed atmosphere with a slightly posher Angus Steak House feel to it...
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  1. Bar Boulud, for those who haven't ventured into Knightsbridge recently, is attached to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, next to the Candy Brother's white elephant luxury development on the corner of Hyde Park. And it's pretty posh, they even have a guy standing outside to open the door for you. After a host of diary clashes (mainly mine), I'd organised to dine with Dini...
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