Le Boudin Blanc

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"GOOD"

26 reviews

5 Trebeck Street , London, W1J 7LT

SquareMeal Review of Le Boudin Blanc

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"GOOD"

“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.

Le Boudin Blanc Location

5 Trebeck Street , London W1J 7LT

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

Le Boudin Blanc's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.0

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Service: 6.4

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Atmosphere: 7.5

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Value: 7.0

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 2

Platinum Reviewer
31 January 2018

The last time is visited Le Boudin Blanc was a decade ago. It felt dated then, and even more so now. Clearly the place must be doing something right since it was packed when I visited on a recent weekday lunchtime, but to my mind the place demonstrates almost everything that is bad about restaurant culture. Time has moved on. This is the not the 1980s and when I go out I don’t especially want to feel as if I am returning to this era. To list my grievances about Le Boudin: decor, menu, food and service. Begin with the former and maybe the rustic let’s-pretend-we’re-in-France look works for some (the nostalgists), but surely we’ve all moved on from wanting to ape ‘Allo ‘Allo. I thought the placed really could have benefited from a lick of paint too. Next, let’s take the menu: uninspiring would sum it up. Pea soup, steak and lemon tart anyone? Or maybe goat’s cheese salad followed by guinea fowl? I was the unlucky recipient of the latter pairing. My starter consisted of beetroot and tomato segments that exhibited less flavour than comparable items from a supermarket, but at a multiple of the price. Furthermore, the quantity of cheese was stingy to the extreme. Onto the main and had I not been told, then to have identified the meat as guinea fowl may have been a challenge. Oh, and the reason I didn’t mention pudding earlier was that the service at Le Boudin was so excruciatingly slow that I had to leave for another commitment before there was even time to contemplate dessert. It will certainly be more than a decade before I consider returning.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

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!

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 3

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!

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