Bar Boulud — London, UK
As one of the world’s leading French chefs, best known for his eponymous two Michelin-starred restaurant in New York, it is ironic that the dishes many opt for in Daniel Boulud’s London bistro, are the burgers.
And while these burgers are certainly tasty - even with competition from the many top-notch joints in the city - we do urge you to sample the restaurant’s other offerings, in particular the creamy soupe de poisson and the perfectly executed lemon sole, served with a side of indulgent truffle mashed potato, as this is the only access you will have to Boulud’s legendary cooking in Europe.
Following the successful formula of Bar Boulud in New York, the London iteration is part of the plush Mandarin Oriental Hotel and is located on Knightsbridge, conveniently with its own street entrance. Outfitted by hospitality design pro, Adam D. Tihany - the man behind a number of legendary projects such as Thomas Keller’s Per Se and The One & Only in Cape Town - the 169-seat bistro is set over two rooms, one of which boasts a sleek open kitchen. Classic woods, leathers and cork in burgundy hues are inspired by the craft of wine making and function as the perfect backdrop for Boulud’s rustic French menu.
The wine itself, is an impressive selection from France’s Rhône Valley and Burgundy - Boulud’s favourite regions - and with many available by the glass, it’s the perfect opportunity to sip on a few different types, while munching on a selection of house-made terrines, saucissons and pâtés, expertly prepared by acclaimed charcutier, Gilles Verot.