Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 333

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park , London, SW1X 7LA

SquareMeal Review of Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Although it was lightly refurbished in early 2017, even regulars would be hard pressed to notice any changes to Bar Boulud’s wood and beige interiors. The design might be restrained, but the combination of super-flattering lighting, friendly staff and chattering diners makes this one of the capital’s buzziest dining rooms. New York-based French chef Daniel Boulud may be a big name in global gastronomy but he’s very much in casual mode here, offering up the sort of Gallic classics that are many people’s idea of the perfect meal out. Starters of seared prawns and Burgundy snails are festooned with enough garlic to ward off a vampire, while lemon sole with grenobloise butter followed by a sweet slice of gateau basque and crème anglaise prove that this kitchen knows how to finish a dish with a fabulous sauce. “Although it’s high end, it isn't snobby at all” say readers, so you can also pop in for a luscious croque madame with fries or one of the “mouth-watering” inch-thick BB burgers – not what you might expect from a dining room in the Mandarin Oriental. All in all, the “best fun” you can have in Knightsbridge.

Best Female Chefs Series

HELENE DARROZE

To celebrate the Year of the Woman, SquareMeal is running a series of interview profiles with top female chefs. Read here how Helene Darroze made it to the top while bringing up a family, and what she thinks about Brexit.

Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is recommended for

Buzzy | Cool | Fun | Child Friendly | Special Occasions Over 40S | Brunch | Late Night Dining

Special offers

2 courses & free-flowing wine £30 or 3 courses & free-flowing wine £34 per person

Available 1st June - 31st August 2018, subject to availability. Free-flowing served for 1.5 hours. Dishes subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.

From: 08 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 6

2 courses & free-flowing wine £30 or 3 courses & free-flowing wine £34 per person

Available lunch & early dinner Sun - Tue (dinner until 18:30) until 31st December 2020, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Free-flowing on selected wines & served for 90 mins. Includes VAT, excludes service

From: 20 August 2017

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 6

2 courses £20 & tea/coffee, 3 courses £24 & tea/coffee per person

Excluding Easter Sunday 1st April 2018.

From: 18 August 2017

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 0

Are you the restaurant owner?

Click here for Links & Logos

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Knightsbridge Tube Station 49m

Hyde Park Corner Tube Station 295m

Address

Address: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park , London SW1X 7LA

Area: Knightsbridge

Opening times

Sun-Wed 12N-10pm Thur-Sat 12N-11pm Bar: Sun-Wed 11.30am–11.30pm Thurs–Sat 11.30am–12.30am

Nearby Landmarks

Harvey Nichols 52m

Hyde Park 267m

Details

Telephone: 020 7201 3899

Website:

Cuisine: French

Private Dining: 24, 24, 40, 50

7.0

Food & Drink: 7.2

Service: 7.5

Atmosphere: 6.7

Value: 6.3

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Amel M bronze reviewer 26 June 2014

Worldwide wine list and innovative cocktails. French style snacks and amuse bouche. Exemplary service. The only thing I can reproach to this place is the hotel/tourists atmosphere and low ceiling.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

londonfoodie69 22 November 2013

Went for a casual lunch with sister on a day Daniel Boulud lui meme was visiting from New York. The team was helpful and have an eye on details. The menu has a a large selection of French classics from cold cuts to moules a la creme or fresh shellfish platter. Good burger as well…on a yummy brioche bien sur. Good size portions. Large selection of wine by the glass and even chateau Yquem on the dessert wine list. We will be coming back, you have service without stuffiness and nice food at the mandarin oriental

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

John R. 26 July 2013

Have eaten at Bar Boulud twice for business engagements over the past year and decided to test out more casually with my wife, daughter and her boyfriend on a Thursday night. Was a bit surprised to be able to book a table only 24 hours in advance at preferred time. Service was great from the moment we stepped in the door, from door staff to bar to table – all very friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Long Island Iced Teas at the bar were exceptionally good. Food choice comes pretty much straight out of a New York grill, and when asked, the waiters will recommend the burgers which are clearly the signature. But there is plenty of choice if burgers are not your thing, We stuck to burgers and steaks which all arrived promptly and were cooked to requirement – an unusual thing for a sirloin steak in London. Looking around it appeared that all customers were served promptly and the food looked good on everyone else's plate as well. After three visits I still have not had the burger with foie gras and short ribs but it sounds and looks great. Have the cardiac equipment close to hand!!! Only downside was the wine list. Great content, very pricey. I get a little irritated by paying up to £80 for a bottle of mediocre red wine and this one point tarnished my view of value for money at BB. But hey, everyone was so friendly that even this did not spoil a great evening. Will be back for that burger!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Katie T. 01 June 2013

I made reservations here because I had heard the burgers were one of the top ten in London. And I was not disappointed! The staff were extremely attentive and friendly. The drinks were a little overpriced £4 for water and £5 for 1/2 pint of beer but if you want somewhere with warm ambience & amazing food this is the place!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

London Gourmet platinum reviewer 26 January 2013

The best part of the menu are the high-end burgers. This is not a full fledged restaurant offering but rather a high-end gourmet bar offering. As such not a bad place to drop in and enjoy a drink and some food at their bar

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Theodore L. bronze reviewer 30 November 2012

Nice busy, welcoming Bar & Restaurant with very good Burgers and above average food. Very good for quick lunches as well. Good service.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

TomTom silver reviewer 10 September 2012

Currently one of the most fun and happening brasseries in town, it has a unique ambience that exudes easy-going Knightsbridge class. The foie gras burger (and fries) is right up there with the best in town. Lots of fun.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Henry S. 07 September 2012

This has become one of our favourite weekend lunch haunts. The menu (which is changed periodically) always has several dishes which are both original and delicious; one is spoiled for choice, The sausages are extremely good value; try the Boudin Blanc and the Merguez. The chicken and duck exceptionally good and the burgers great. Also a good selection of meats and fish, so I often have trouble choosing. Try the truffled mash, a dish to die for. As several people have noted, it's also the buzz which makes it special. The wine list is extensive, with bottles ranging from quite reasonable to ridiculously pricey; the sommeliers are very knowledgable and will always steer you to a proper choice for your budget. We have tried Dinners upstairs and agree that the quality there is outstanding, but it is a limited choice and the prices might require a second mortgage.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Miss A bronze reviewer 24 July 2012

Having heard about the “best burgers in London” it was only a matter of time before he managed to persuade me that we should try out Bar Boulud. Saturday 2pm for late lunch was the eventual date and we were joined by another couple. The place was very buzzy and thanks to all of the twists and turns of the underground venue, it wasn't overwhelmining loud. An interesting mix of families, couples, ladies who lunch and those clearly suffering from shopping-induced exhaustion. Everything on the menu looked appealling but we settled on a selection of the sausages to start. All unique yet delicately flavoured and succulent this was a perfect way to get the taste buds warmed up. Burgers all round for the main course – i tried the piggy burger. This was very good although i was slightly disappointed by the lack of “kick” from the chilli mayo (although when asked they were able to provide some fresh chopped chillis on the side which was the perfect accompaniment). Unfortunately both of the other couple we were with were taken ill with food poisoning after lunch which was a real shame as i really thought we had found a perfect weekend lunch spot. Having said that as neither my partner or i were ill i'm be willing to give it a second chance.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Sybaricious bronze reviewer 27 April 2012

According to my non-city dwelling Mum there can’t be a recession if a restaurant is packed on a Monday night. I see her point but don’t necessarily agree. To me there are two other possibilities. 1) said restaurant is very good and therefore merits being busy or 2) you are round the corner from the hedge fund Mecca that is Berkeley Square home to bankers who aren't traditionally stereotyped as poor. Or it could be a combination of both. Let’s see… Upon entering we were greeted by not one smiling member of staff, not two, or even three but FIVE people. Quite the welcoming committee. Bar Boulud itself was loud, very loud indeed, mainly due to the quantity of people crammed into the bar area. If a quiet romantic dinner is your agenda either avoid or make sure you get a table in the back room I reckon. It’s also pretty male dominated but for some reason I’ve never found that to be a problem…. I had been wanting to try Bar Boulud for ages having devoured one of my top 5 meals of all time in Boulud's eponymous restaurant Daniel in New York in late 2010 but for some reason just hadn't got round to it. Weird considering I had been so excited at the idea of Daniel Boulud's first London outpost but que sera. Decor wise, I loved the wine themed art; stained glass windows in the shape of wine glasses and literal wine stains on blotting paper and the layout of the restaurant stops it feeling too huge and impersonal for such a large number of covers. Bar Boulud’s menu is constructed in quite a hotch potch kind of way where sometimes the price seems to be the only way of determining if something is an entrée or a main course- although even this doesn’t necessarily follow. There is also a very wide selection of food on offer, do they specialise in sausages of which there are many options? or burgers? or seafood? or charcuterie? Its a minefield but who cares, its all good. Due to this we ended up ordering quite a lot of food. Most of it pig based. As a kind of pre-starter or “Little Bite” as they call them, we ordered the Croustillants de Porc- essentially pork scratchings, ears and some roasted crispy pork belly. The pork scratchings had a five spice/star anise type dusting which was much tastier than I had expected it to be. We followed this with a large mixed charcuterie platter consisting of “Pâté grand-mère”(a smooth pâté of chicken liver & pork flavoured with cognac), “Pâté grand-père” (a more coarse pâté including foie gras, truffle juice and port)some jambon de Paris and some other sliced meaty bits and bobs and tiny little onions and cornichons. My dad deemed the ham to be the best he had ever tasted and the Pâté grand-père to be excellent which is no slight praise at all coming from a man who spends hours smoking and shooting things (not in that order) and making various pies and terrines. I had the “Piggie Burger” as my main and never was a dish more accurately named. Of course two previous courses of pig would be enough for a normal mortal but no, I couldn’t resist the charms of a burger offering a topping of bbq pulled pork. The burger was excellent on its own, nice and pink inside and oozing greasy loveliness. The cheddar topped bun made a nice change to the recent rash of brioche burger buns (not that a brioche doesn't have a valid place in burgerdom). In all honesty I wasn't getting much flavour in the “green chilli mayonnaise” but this didn't bother me as personally the highlight ingredient was always going to be the pulled pork. Shiny and rich with tangy barbecue sauce, the pork melted in the mouth and would have slid straight off the burger if not secured with a wooden stake. Despite being a wildly inappropriate side order to have with a burger, I just had to try the truffled mash which at £4.25 seemed like a pretty good deal. It tasted sublime. Nice and truffly and clearly the chef had been following the cardiac arrest inducing 50% potato vs. 50% butter/cream rule judging by the way it slid from its mini pan in a neat dollop on my plate. Having protested that I couldn’t possibly fit another mouthful in (and in all honesty probably shouldn’t have) I fell foul of the temptations of the Coupe Peppermint. What was described as a flourless sponge was heavier than the description suggests and essentially a very rich dense chocolate brownie. Don't take that as a moan however as it was deliciously moist and the dark chocolate hot sauce and mint choc icecream were beautiful. Although chocolate based, it was one of the more unusual chocolate desserts that I have eaten recently. It was also the first time in years that I have breached my (admittedly very weird and utterly unexplainable) rule of never mixing hot and cold foods together – call me a freak but normally I hate it. I really, really wanted to try the madeleines and macarons but even I have some limits to gluttony unfortunately. There was an excellent wine list at Bar Boulud but I'm afraid all I can remember is lashings and lashings of pig. It was nice wine though and went well with pig… Ultimately, if you cook me a meal that involves pig, foie gras, truffles and peppermint chocolate I’m going to be hard pushed not to be happy about it (unless you mix them all together in one dish, that would be just horrid). Would I go back? Yes. Especially as they do a prix fixe menu for £23 for 3 courses at lunch and early doors every day. So in summary and back to my two options from the opening, was it so busy because its good or because of the bankers? A bit of both I guess but definitely more of the former, maybe those bankers just have good taste! PS Did I mention that they serve pig? Visit: Jan 2012

  • Bar Boulud
  • Bar Boulud
  • Dabiel Boulud at Bar Boulud
  • Bar Boulud
  • Bar Boulud

Each of the two private rooms can accommodate 24 and each can be set up with a square or rectangular table. Separated by a sliding door, the two rooms can also be combined for a party of up to 40, or a reception in one room followed by a lunch or dinner in the adjacent room. Menus start from £40 for lunch or £60 for dinner, with canape, buffet, tasting menu or sharing options available. 

Private Dining Room One
Capacity: 24
Private Dining Room Two
Capacity: 24
Private Dining Room One and Two
Capacity: 40
Chef's Room
Capacity: 50
Special offers

2 courses & free-flowing wine £30 or 3 courses & free-flowing wine £34 per person

From: 08 June 2018

To: 31 August 2018

Max: 6

2 courses & free-flowing wine £30 or 3 courses & free-flowing wine £34 per person

From: 20 August 2017

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 6

2 courses £20 & tea/coffee, 3 courses £24 & tea/coffee per person

From: 18 August 2017

To: 31 December 2020

Max: 0