I adore Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, an amazing bistro by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, and the sister restaurant of Bar Boulud in New York,for both drinks and food, and was pleased to be invited to dine there recently with the re-opening of the Mandarin Oriental following their fire earlier this year. Bar Boulud has had a refresh in style and I was excited to catch up with blogger friends there and explore the hotel to see their festive decor.
It was a cold winters day and so a hearty classic French onion soup topped with a Gruyère cheese crouton hit the spot! It took me back to my last trip to France, the flavours incredible and just so comforting.
One of my dining partners ordered a market selection of oysters lemon & mignonett, which was beautifully presented, complete with mini Tabasco bottles.
We enjoyed some wonderful red wine whilst we chatted away, and I love the ambience in the restaurant. It has a really nice buzz to it, and a great place to retreat to after a days shopping in Knightsbridge.
For mains I chose the Boudin Blanc, served with the most heavenly truffled mashed potato, turned apple confit onion and pork jus. It was absolutely sublime and a really good portion too, leaving my stomach very content after. Bar Boulud is well known for its meat and they do it really well.
Fellow diners opted for the signature BB Burger, which was beef patty, foie gras, short ribs, horseradish mayo and confit tomato in a black onion seed bun and judging by how quickly it was devoured it was a good one! Rumour has it that the chef will be working on some more vegetarian items for the menu, which will be a real positive so that it is better catered for all dietary requirements.
Desserts were a real delight and upon recommendation from the waiter I had a Pom-Passion, which was a hazelnut dacquoise, roasted apple sorbet, passion fruit jelly and vanilla mousse and oh so decadent! Other desserts ordered included the souffle, which was pineapple, and the Red Currant and Chocolate, which was a gluten free cacao sponge, dark and caramelia chocolate, red currants and marshmallow.
Our meal was lovely and I was pleased to be able to try dishes I hadn’t had previously and really enjoyed the evening. After we dined we walked around the hotel to see all the Christmas decor, which was stunning, and I especially adored the Wishing Tree, which can be found adjacent to the entrance of the Rosebery Lounge.
If you’re looking for a fantastic place to eat in Knightsbridge with a great ambience, Bar Boulud is somewhere you will keep coming back to as it ticks all the boxes.
Bar Boulud – Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA