Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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Temporarily closed following fire damage to the Mandarin Oriental hotel in 2018, “awesome” Bar Boulud is now back in business, serving its brand of transatlantic-style French food to residents, tourists and devotees of unsnobbish but sophisticated cosmopolitan cuisine.

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 traditional Gallic fare that constitutes the perfect meal out for many people.

Croques monsieur, acclaimed Parisian charcuterie and “the best burgers in the UK” (according to one adoring fan) are just three of the biggest hitters, but everything tempts – from hors d’oeuvres such as oeuf Doré (crispy egg with watercress purée and mushrooms) or pan-fried veal sweetbread with apple, chestnut and veal jus to luscious desserts including signature soufflés, classic Mont Blanc and vanilla choux with apricot gel, caramelised apricot sorbet and smoked compote.

In between, the kitchen serves up luxury seafood (oysters, caviar, crevettes) and meaty standards such as poule au pot, marinated Gressingham duck breast with beetroots and poached pears or braised shoulder of lamb with white bean stew gremolata – plus steaks with Gallic accoutrements. 

Set lunches and pre-theatre deals offer excellent value for this part of town, while the cosmopolitan drinks selection runs from classic cocktails and international craft beers to a raft of G&Ts and a well-curated wine list tilted towards the French regions.

It may be squirrelled away in the hotel’s basement, but the combination of super-flattering lighting, friendly staff and chattering customers makes Bar Boulud one of the capital’s buzziest dining rooms. 

Good to know about Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Buzzy, Cool, Fun
Food Occasions
Brunch, Late night dining
People
Child friendly, Special occasions

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Location for Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, SW1X 7LA

020 7201 3899

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Opening Times of Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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

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27 Reviews
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Mr. paul S

Not bad for Knightsbridge
05 May 2015
No need to book here, I have always just been a walk in. Nice buzzy atmosphere with attentive staff. Nice warm French bread and butter served to you on arrival is nice touch. Food is generally good, onion soup is very yummy! Burgers served with chips are very good, the only complaint I have is, they are never hot! always luke warm or barley warm, and I have sent back on a number of occasions. If they can nail that problem It would be the perfect burger! house wine is very reasonable at around 25 pounds. 2 people with wine starter and main you may get change from a 100 quid and for Knightsbridge that's not bad.
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Ms/Mrs. Amelie F

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.
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Try before you die!
16 February 2014
Met our daughter for lunch a special occasion as she lives in London and we are in Cheshire, selected Bar Baloud from an internet search for a memorable lunch experience and we were not disappointed. A warm friendly greeting at the door set the scene for a leisurely three course set menu luch, I had read about the amazing burgers and when they arrived at a nearby table I did wonder if we had made a mistake! But no our three courses with a nice bottle of red from an excellent wine list was delivered at a perfect pace beautifully presented and friendly but not over familiar service (which is often forced when you experience it) The complimentary French bread was superb and the ambience in the restaurant was perfect, clean and classy modern but not sterile, the designer can pat him or herself for a job well done. The bill was very reasonable in fact we have often paid much more for so much less of an experience. So thank you for making our day together extra special, I shall be encouraging others to come and join you and I look forward to another visit on our next visit. By the way out of the tube into the restaurant was fantastic with the weather we are experiencing. Cheers Mark
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Ms/Mrs. Bao-Tam P

Good high end brasserie
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
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Mr. John R

Great service
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!
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Ms/Mrs. Katie T

Best burger hands down!
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!
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Mr. Tim Z

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
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Mr. Theodore L

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.
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Mr. Mark D

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.
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Mr. Steven 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.
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