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|Address:||Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA|
|Tel:||020 7201 3899|
|Price: £58.00||Wine: £22.50||Champagne: £56.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-1am (Sun -12M)|
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I popped into Bar Boulud on a Friday lunch time for a quick bite with friends during the working day. After hearing so much about the ‘best burger in town’ this restaurant had been on my hit list for some time. I called the reservation line on the morning of the booking and was able to get a booking which surprised me. I have tried previously to get evening reservations for colleagues and have many times failed due to the restaurant being fully booked.
We arrived at 12:30 with the restaurant already half full (or half empty?!) and were swiftly shown to our table which was by the window. Half booth/bench seating and other half chairs. Service was prompt and attentive with (i think) our waiter being of French ethnicity which was a nice touch. He even remembered one of the party who had dined at BB a few weeks prior.
None of the group feeling particularly hungry and most eager to try the burger we skipped starters and dived straight into the mains. We ordered 2 piggy burgers, one frenchie and i (sadly) opted for the goats cheese salad that i had spied a fellow dinner a few tables along eating. It looked like it was a substantial main sized portion so i asked the waiter what it was she was eating and once hearing the reply i asked for ‘the same’.
Unfortunately, when it arrived it was half the size of the lady id seen enjoying hers (or perhaps i imagined it) and was just a basic goats cheese on crustini on leaves. Still, for what it was, despite its size, was tasty. The burgers that my other diners sensibly ordered looked impressive. Piled high with lettuce, pulled pork (the piggy) and other various condiments and ingredients. The side of fries came in a cute bucket but i couldn’t help feeling that the overall ‘meal’ looked a little small. Perhaps that was just my disappointment in my salad playing up on me. My companions gave it no complaints.
Taking a quick loo break between the bill arriving and finishing the mains i was able to see just how big the restaurant actually is. It is vast. With many few sections and many tables of diners all enjoying this new London offering for Daniel Boulud.
To summarise i would say that the venue has alot more hype surrounding it than is necessary but the food is fresh and ‘clean tasting’. The interior is rather masculine and at the time of dining the ratio was in favour of male business lunches so perhaps why. I would say portions are small but perhaps this wouldn’t have been an issue had we have ‘made a meal’ out of the experience and sampled a few more things. I would go again, but then again, if i didn’t i wouldn’t cry about it.