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Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental two stars

Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

£58.00 French Knightsbridge

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  • Wine: £22.50
  • Champagne: £56.50
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-1am (Sun -12M)

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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. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Mark B.

    Try before you die!

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  2. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Londonfoodie69

    Good high end brasserie

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  3. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    John R.

    Great service

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  4. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Katie T.

    Best burger hands down!

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  5. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    London Gourmet
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 5

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  6. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Theodore L.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  7. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    TomTom
      Silver Reviewer  (24)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  8. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Henry S.
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    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  9. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Miss A
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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  10. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental

    Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
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    Sybaricious
        (5)
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 11th 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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  2. Published : Sunday, 15th 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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  3. Published : Monday, 25th 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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  4. Published : Wednesday, 12th 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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