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Founded in 1927 by French chef, author and polymath Marcel Boulestin, the original Boulestin restaurant was a Covent Garden grandee for nearly 70 years. Now, one-time Conran collaborator Joel Kissin has brought it back to life in a new home across town. The new Boulestin is more elegant than some of its brasserie rivals, with butterscotch leather banquettes, meticulously laid (if tightly spaced) tables, checkerboard tiled floors and frosted glass partitions looking like a set from Poirot. The food is also a cut above: ‘exquisite’ oeufs en gelée get the vote, while calf’s liver is perfectly grilled if let down by overcooked bacon, or there’s a rich cassoulet imbued with smoky Toulouse sausage. Desserts raise the bar – our bewitchingly creamy, boozy Sauternes custard with Agen prunes will live long in the memory. Service is efficient if aloof. For ‘great-value’ breakfasts and casual lunches, try Café Marcel next door.


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  1. Published : Monday, 30 June 2014

    Food I Fancy :: Boulestin: Fine, French, Food

    A victim of the 90s recession, the esteemed restaurant Boulestin was forced to close its doors in 1994. Fast-forward to September 2013 it’s back, and has shimmied over from its old Covent Garden site to the more illustrious setting of St.James’s Street.

    Owned in 1925 by Marcel Boulestin, hence the name, Joel Kissin now heads this fine French brasserie. Café style dining is at the front of the restaurant, which leads into more elegant and formal dining at the back. If weather permits, there’s an option to dine al fresco in the enchanting and secluded courtyard. I eat at the back of the restaurant, which has...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 7 June 2014


    I love these sunny days…I think that is the beauty of being English, as soon as it is a nice day (a rare occurrence) you can't stop smiling!! Today was one of those days. Pascal and I had our usual chat of where can we go that has great food, lovely rose and a garden and I really came up trumps. I had read about Boulestin a few weeks ago but I was put off by the prices but actually compared to the majority of restaurants in central London, it wasn't too bad. The original Boulestin was opened in Covent Garden by French chef, author and polymath (just had to look up what that means in the dictionary!) Marcel Boulestin...

  1. Published : Tuesday, 3 September 2013

    S.W. Foodie :: Boulestin...perfectly French

    Nestled down the 'prettier' end of St James's is the brand new restaurant and newest addition to James Kissin's books, Boulestin. One of my best boy's booked us in for the opening lunch on Saturday and we were transported to France in an instant...

    The restaurant sits 60 covers in a relaxed bistro-style setting. It also has a walk in café, seating 30, towards the front to serve the near by hungry financiers of St. James's. We were lucky enough to be sat in the gorgeous terrace which is surrounded by Victorian houses and oozes Old London history. If you can go before the weather fades, try to book outside......
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11 September 2013

    The Little Brown Book :: Boulestin

    Mayfair's newest addition to the fine dining scene pays homage to the pioneering writer, restauranteur and the world's first celebrity television chef. Joel Kissin introduces this legendary name to a new generation with the opening of Boulestin.

    One fine Sunday afternoon when London was grasping onto the last rays of sunlight, I had the pleasure of attending the soft opening of this delightful little French bistro...
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  • Address: 5 St James' Street, London SW1A 1EF
  • Telephone: 020 3544 0689
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