May 11, 2018
Daniel Boulud is huge name in the US restaurant industry. So it’s not surprising that his arrival in London met with an explosion of excitement from the foodie blogosphere. This was an ‘event’ opening and no mistake. A sibling to his eponymous New York restaurant, Boulud’s new venture at the opulent Mandarin Oriental also home to Heston Blumenthal. The room, designed by Adam D. Tihany, is elegant and expensive, albeit in a polished hotel dining room style. There are red leather banquettes and a handsome zinc-topped bar. The food is excellent, blending a clear French influence with a very American sensibility. You have to love a menu that has a dedicated sausage section and the Piggie burger is a favourite with the blogging contingent with good reason. Prices are steep but that’s to be expected. It is however well worth noting that they do an incredibly reasonable prix fixe menu. The service is smooth as they come and the French influence continues through to the bar, where the wine list is thick and features a wide selection of wines by the glass and by the bottle, with a focus on the Rhône and Burgundy regions. Their cocktail list is worth exploring too, featuring classic drinks, as well as more creative tipples the Zen cocktail features rum, ginger and chocolate bitters while the Mediterraneo blends cachaça with Grand Marnier and basil.