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After a wobbly start in 2013, this reborn homage to grand French brasseries has found its niche feeding the wealthy burghers of St James’s. It’s a pleasing enough space, with lots of mirrors and artwork, checkerboard floor tiles, leather seating and a delightful summertime courtyard – although absent-minded service sometimes spoils the party. The food is well presented without being fussy (witness sweet-cured herrings with potatoes and dill), but we recommend gutsier items to get the true Gallic spirit of the place: nuggets of deep-fried brain, excellent grilled calf’s liver or one of the best cassoulets this side of Calais – a smoky, salty medley of sausage, pork belly and confit duck. To finish, stay with classics such as lemon tart or the sublime Sauternes custard with Agen prunes. The adjoining Café Marcel does all-day dining and drinking, and private dining is done well too. In short, “heaven for rich French cuisine”.
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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I love these sunny daysâ¦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...
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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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