Bar Boulud SW1
66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
0207 201 3899
6 Rock Oysters – £12.00 (accompanied by brown bread with seaweed butter, shallot vinaigrette, sauce ‘américaine’, lemon )
The plump juicy oysters were served on ice in a raised platter and shucked well enough to be nearly overflowing with briny juice. The homemade seaweed butter was a thoughtful addition but did not come close to the same from god of butter, Jean-Yves Bordier. Their sauce américaine had much more bite and spice than any Heinz replica, a meaty substitute for Tabasco.
Frenchie Burger – £13.75 (includes chips)
This is a burger with confit pork belly, rocket tomato-onion compote and Morbier cheese served on a peppered brioche bun. The bun was delicious and a soft peppery pillow for some serious ingredients. The burger was huge and heavy with meaty flavour thanks to the additional porky belly, the nutty Morbier and jammy compote lifting the meat with some huge hits of flavour. There was some additional french mustard in here somewhere which was not listed in the menu. The chips were good, just good, skinny and lots of them but scoring a 6/10.
Piggie Burger – £13.75 (includes chips)
This burger is served in a Cheddar bun with bbq pulled pork, Bibb lettuce, green chili mayonnaise and red cabbage slaw. The cheese on the bun was strong and gave a great pungent bite to the beautifully soft pork and then the firm burger. The lettuce, mayo and slaw added softness, heat and crunch so there was lots going on in every mouthful. The pulled pork was so good we would have easily eaten a whole plate of this smothered over the 6/10 chips.
Soufflé au citron – £9.50
A super light lemon soufflé was served with a jug of spiced sugar poire william and vanilla coulis. A bit pricey but was nice enough.
Île exotique – £8.00
This dessert was amazing, the lime floating island was filled with a mango crémeux and sat on a coconut anglaise. Dotted around the plate were tiny bites of spiced pineapple, pomegranite and basil leaves and little bit of everything on the spoon was divine, it was a random choice but worth it.
1 glass of Nittnaus Pinot Noir ‘Kurzberg’, Burgenland, Austria (2007) – £8.50
1 Sierra Nevada pale ale – £4.75
2 Peppermint teas – £9.00 (they used fresh peppermint but still expensive for water and leaves)
We ate at 6.30pm on a Saturday and there was a great atmosphere with a busy mix of tables, banquets and booths of dates, family meals, groups of friends and single diners. The open kitchen is exciting and honest and adds to the buzz of the diners and staff. Very attentive service keeps you looked after and there is reasonable 2hr 15mins turnaround in place. Plus, as in all good hotels, toilets are clean and attended.
Three course set menu meal for £20 served seven days between 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm- 7pm
GO! GO! GO!
We will definitely go back to Bar Boulud. The burgers were ordered medium-rare but were served medium so in future we’ll ask for rare. The set menu looked excellent value and the location is perfect for popping in when shopping around Knightsbridge. Always book, we saw lots of people being turned away.