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If ever you want to experience Victorian grandeur at its apogee, take a peek into the glorious interior of Boyds. Marble-clad, with double-height ceilings and a fabulously elegant bar and lounge area, it epitomises the sumptuousness of the period – and the food’s pretty good too. Drop in for a quick bite at lunchtime, or to meet a colleague or a date for a drink after work. Alternatively, make a night of it with the whole client-entertaining caboodle. The kitchen produces a modern British menu with global overtones – salmon comes cured in Sipsmith gin and served with buttermilk sorbet and daikon; rib-eye steak has a bone marrow faggot for company, and a pile of buttery mash to soak up the Bordelaise sauce; bar nibbles include various cheeses and cured and potted meat. The wine list and cocktails, cherry-picked from around the world, would make an imperialist feel entirely at home.
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06 November 2018
It's a nice little place with good food and at a great location. Not too busy so great for a quick business lunch or a catch up with a friend.
12 November 2015
The food was absolutely fantastic, please don't loose the chef and their team. The person I was with told them it was my birthday when we arrived. They surprised both of us with a bailey's chocolate cheesecake which was divine and something they didn't have to do. All the staff were lovely and attentive. This is somewhere I would recommend anyone to go to as you will have a fantastic evening. Many thanks for looking after me and making my birthday very enjoyable.
14 May 2015
Boyds is basically the secluded section of a space that evokes the lobby of a faded grand hotel. Indeed, this was once the Imperial Victoria and it could have served as a set for the film "The Grand Budapest Hotel". The upholstery of the furniture is irredeemably ugly and the modern paintings on the wall have no artistic merit and are nothing more than Eurotat paint spills. Descending from the distant ceiling and jarring strongly with the opulent faux and real marble are a number of weird chandeliers, clearly leftovers from a Star Trek episode that didn't quite work. Once in a while, though, our constitutions are left healthier for a bit of jarring and this setting certainly does it.
But that is all that is disconcerting. The food is well above average and the menu gives you the inspired ability to combine what is effectively a number of tapas followed by a main course that is inevitably very good. Service is competent but variable. At best, it is coolly efficient, and at its worst the servers stand around looking vaguely uneasy. Maybe they fear what an earth tremor might do to those chandeliers.
Nevertheless, this is a good restaurant despite the unfortunate esthetics. It is becoming popular and deserves to be, especially in the chilly culinary desert that is Northumberland Avenue.
07 May 2014
We ate at Boyd's on a Friday night pre-theatre; great space, being in the main rear lobby area of a former railway hotel. Surrounded by various coloured Italian marble from decades back (plus a garish splodge painting of the owner's which clashes impressively), and not too obvious music, the 2 or 3-course menu had varied English tapas starters (quail scotch egg, potted shrimps, belly of pork etc) and then a short list of mains; we had warm salmon salad and a roast chicken portion; both very respectable. I also had a modest glass of powerful, tasty, Belgian beer, at 7%. In and out in 1.25 hours, so all very efficiently done, and reasonable too.
12 August 2013
First impressions count. Boyds is achingly trendy + yet very welcoming. The bar area overflows nicely into the eating section. Minimal couches + around the bar seating give over to the dining seating area. Lighting is dark, yet fits the overall mood.
We were nicely in the corner. Very eager staff. I like to take my time. But they were discreet and yet eager to take our order. My wife liked the tapas. Me not so. Fish + chips were excellent. Delicate batter/crunchy chips.
Beer from Pilsner Urquell was from the barrel but flat as a pancake and yet cool + tasty. Wine serving could be a bit more generous for the price. All in all. Trendy, OK to good food, nice ambience and pleasant staff. No regrets.
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