Londoners who haven’t yet tried Bar Boulud’s burgers will probably of heard the hype. LondOntheinside had, so we thought it was about time we checked them out.
Bar Boulud is located in the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Kensington. The restaurant is chef Daniel Boulud’s twelfth and first venture into Europe, which is strange seeing as he is French. The menu features three of the burgers from DBGB which have crossed the pond from NYC to feed hungry Londoners, The Yankee, The Frenchie, and The Piggie.
Everything on the menu looked great, but we had come to try the burgers and try the burgers we did!
For starters we chose the goats cheese salad and mussels mariniere. The salad was nice and light, not too much goats cheese but enough to give it a good kick. The mussels served in a big black pot tasted great although the sauce wasn’t creamy enough for my liking.
For mains it was the Piggie Burger all the way but my dining partner let the team down and opted for the Sea Bass. The burger was a good piece of nice meat, cooked medium rare and topped with BBQ pork giving it a strong smoky flavour. The bun was homemade and even under the weight of the burger and pork it managed not to crumble.
The Seabass was cooked well, no bones and a good piece of flaky fish. The tomato and lemon dressing was strong enough to taste but subtle enough to allow the flavour of fish to come through.
For dessert we chose the coupe de fruits exotiques and the coupe peppermint recommended by the staff. The coupe peppermint was served with a jug of hot melted chocolate which was poured over the dessert to melt its hard chocolate top. Very fancy! Both desserts were great, the fresh peppermint really came through the chocolate flavour and made what could have been an overwhelming dessert taste refreshing.
Given its location, quality of food and service the prices are actually reasonable adding to Bar Boulud’s appeal. Will I go back? Well there are two other burgers to try so I think I am going to have to….just in case.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge
London SW1 X 7LA