Le Boudin Blanc 1

5 Trebeck Street , London, W1J 7LT

SquareMeal Review of Le Boudin Blanc

“If it weren’t for the excellent service and polite staff, this could be France!” joked a fan of the unadulterated bistro – an old stager that looks as if it’s been plucked from the belly of Paris and deposited in Mayfair without so much as a wash and brush-up. Regulars love the place, praising its terrific French food and charming vibe – although it can get pretty raucous at times (“bring your ear-defenders”). Mind you, any rowdy whooping from the assembled company should be instantly forgotten as “robust” plates of unfussy bourgeois food are brought to the table – “thick, warming” soupe a l’oignon, moules marinière, grilled rib of veal with roasted bone marrow, and – of course – creamy boudin blanc with truffled mash, pistachios and port sauce. The 500-bin wine list is a serious tome, with racks arrayed in the private room-cum-cellar downstairs.

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8.6

Food & Drink: 8.5

Service: 8.7

Atmosphere: 8.7

Value: 8.1

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Sarah G. gold reviewer 16 May 2016

This place is an absolute find - my first visit was over 18 months ago and i am now becoming a regular - on reading previous comments from other guests - "if it wasn't for the very polite staff, you would think you were actually in France". This is so true, the food is fantastic, the service is excellent and the setting wonderful. Gets a high recommendation from me and is now one of my absolute favourite restaurants in London!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Sarah G. gold reviewer 03 February 2015

This restaurant is amazing - everything about it - the food, the ambience, the setting. Nothing was any trouble, the staff were friendly and helpful. My choices off the menu were nothing I have not eaten before in other restaurants but they were the best I've ever tried. Will definitely be returning - in fact, cannot wait!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Tina 11 August 2014

My husband and I went on Saturday night at 7pm. The food was great, the staff were friendly and helpflul (as always) and the atmosphere was buzzy without being noisy. Our three courses were cooked to perfection and were utterly delicious. I would thoroughly recommend the hot chocolate fondant. It's love on a plate! I can't think of a single negative thing to say. Fabulous place.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Kim T. bronze reviewer 11 June 2014

We visited for lunch upon recommendation from a colleague for the first time and the food was excellent. To our surprise it was a hot day and we were sat outside which was unexpected but lovely given the weather to eat al fresco. We will definitely be visiting again and will be recommending to other colleagues and friends to pay a visit.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

BARRY H. 11 May 2014

If it was not for the excellence of service and politeness of the waiting staff, this could be France!!! To actually be welcomed on Reception never cease to amaze It is yet another reason to keep returning Excellent food Always daily specials Service exceedingly prompt There is no constant interruption by the waiters to enquire as to the food The ceaseless return of empty plates speaks for itself Criticism, only ONE, the noise Perhaps ear-defenders could be provided As the restaurant continues to be patronised by many Europeans who have a natural tendency to speak loudly , I hold out little hope for a reduction in the decibel level!!! The answer, may be to provide linen table cloths But, three further return visits are already in the planning stage to coincide with the Curzon Mayfair Opera and Ballet Season

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

John T. 03 May 2014

The Boudin Blanc doesn't try and be more than it is, a genuine French bistro/restaurant. Keeping the menu very simple and preparing French ‘classics’ consistently well sprinkled with interesting seasonal specials, it delivers what it sets out to do and transports you to the Marais for a very pleasant evening. Starters are true French staples – the Soupe de Poisson is hearty and comes with a fiery rouille, the Soupe a l'Ognion thick and warming. Snails are on the menu naturally and so is the Foie Gras which comes in a simple block.The risotto is tasty and generous, a meal in itself. Main courses are simple and the meats all delicious. If you are a red meat lover then the Steak Tartare is a must with superb Pommes Frites. Boudin Blanc is on the menu and is creamy and delicious. The fish dishes are what you would expect – Dorade, Cabillaud and Loup de Mer – and old favourites such as Dover Sole. Les Desserts do not disappoint and there is a lovely Creme Brulee and a very tart Tartlette as Citron. Cheeses include some interesting regional varieties which thankfully are easier to get in London these days. The cooking is robust and unfussy. There is plenty on the plate and it comes out the same time after time. The wine list is acceptable if a little pricey and does include New World wines to help the diner with a broader palate. Service is very good. All the staff speak French and seem to be French and are attentive without being intrusive. The location is suitably Gallic and it is a cosy little corner in the winter months. Without too much imagination you could be on the Rue Vielle du Temple. Diners are well heeled with a fair smattering of American tourists and various Hedge Fund types who talk loudly about their latest deal but while the two floors are not large the tables are not cramped and you are not shoe-horned into the space. In the summer they have a number of tables outside and if the weather is good this is a great sport to do some late night dining. Value for money is good because you know exactly what you are going to get and it is always consistent. Cutting edge cuisine it is not but as a place to repair to after a party or event and down gorgeous Steak Frites with a couple of bottles of red infuriator, it has no equal. The only gripe is that they do turn the tables quickly and like to get two sittings on the busy nights. Always beware when they claim that you agreed to give a table ‘back’ by a certain time when you made the reservation. They are just trying it on and will accommodate you if you are insistent.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Simon R. 21 March 2014

I go frequently to the Boudin Blanc in Shepherd Market, not so much for the food but for the whole mis en scene. It's very French bistro but in no sense in a bad way. Downstairs is better than up and the menu is a little limited but it's always enjoyable and, for me at least ,better than the Lebanese contingent that surround it.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Martin G. 07 October 2013

Enjoyed a relaxed Sunday business lunch at Le Boudin Blanc. The service by all staff was very friendly, attentive and timely. The food was great quality and the assistance of the sommelier in choosing the wine was both helpful and welcome. The pricing for the quality of food and service is right up there for London. Have dined here many times and have never been disappointed so I will keep coming back.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

David H. platinum reviewer 21 September 2013

If you look at reviews of Le Boudin Blanc on this and other sites the word that will spring to mind is uneven. The food and especially the service/atmosphere seems to produce delight and despair by turn. However, having used this restaurant over twenty times across maybe fifteen years with family, friends, and often just the two of us, I have to say we like it. Now I can't say that experiences of poor service, raucous guests and poor cooking don't happen- what I can say is that they've never happened to us. Not once. Ever. There is one thing that may be significant here and that is we normally eat here at lunch , and fairly early at that before the place fills up- or early evening. Maybe that's the answer- go when the place isn't under pressure and you'll get a better meal, more smiles and better service. Lunch today was what we've come to expect- a very good dish of soft calamari for me ( far better than the ubiquitous flour-dipped rings) and a perfectly decent grilled whole seabass with roasted fennel and a few good fries. For my wife the special of roulade of pork on a herby mash and a red wine jus, followed by a Tarte Tatin. With it we enjoyed a very satisfactory, light, Bergerac merlot which is their house red.. All of this was good. It wasn't really gourmet- it was typical bistro food cooked and served decently, and at £83 for the two of us we thought it was priced about right. As others have mentioned you could imagine yourself in Paris – though frankly its not too easy to find this sort of food in London, and so I'm pretty pleased its here. We'll go again and look forward to it, as we always do.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Neil M. platinum reviewer 18 December 2012

The atmosphere in this rickety restaurant in the quaint area of Shepherds Market is excellent and the food authentically re-creates a Parisian Bistro. It's proximity to the Park Lane hotels makes it a favourite for Americans. I question therefore why they retain their menu in French. Why not make the user experience easier? Service varies between extreme friendliness and extraordinary French arrogance and condescension – usually from the wine waiter!

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