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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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Dinner at a restaurant in a hotel in Knightsbridge? I expect Russian hookers, Eurotrash/Arabian bling and poor food. Bar Boulod proves me wrong. It doesn't start off brilliantly: they refuse to move our booking from a 7-9.30pm slot to a 7.30-9.30pm slot (yes indeed, the end time is the same); first impression is a bit ‘New York brasserie just dragged out of the 90s’; our maitre d' insists on loading up our bar drinks onto a tray only to lead us to a table literally 2 steps away. But from there on we have a brilliant night. We have a great banquette table in the middle of the room. The menu is long, meat heavy and I want almost everything on it. We settle on a shared charcuterie board (great pates and hams), a beautiful crispy pork belly and a forgettable tapenade. Bonus points to the bread lady who kept us topped up unobtrusively. Although the menu has more appealing things on offer I plump for the Piggy Burger for the main thanks to a recommendation. There's a touch of Bodeans to the pulled pork but overall it's a gourmet piece of cooking: a dish with beautiful flavours which just happens to be in burger format. Finally we argued over who had the best dessert (not the souffle but the vanilla cake, peppermint cup and 3 choc cake were all worthy contenders). Service was impeccable with our friendly waitress on hand at just the right moments and invisible the rest of the time. We spent around £70 a head which was good value (drinks/starter/main/dessert/macaroons/wine/service), but could easily have spent more. Be warned, the wine list abounds with bottles in the thousands (but we managed to find the one at £22.50!). I would happily return here to try the more traditional menu fayre and from the clientele (the be-suited and be-tweeded old school set) I'd guess this a favourite for a lot of people. Not a hooker in sight.