Bar Boulud, part of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, located in glamorous Knightsbridge, a mere stone’s throw from leafy Hyde Park is renowned for its bistro menu featuring house-produced charcouterie and burgers.
Since we were last there Bar Boulud has had a gentle make-over with new upholstery and a long sleek mirror running along one wall making the room look even more stylish than before.
Provence comes to Knightsbridge
This summer a taste of Provence comes to Knightsbridge with Chef-Owner Daniel Boulud and Executive Chef Thomas Piat creating a menu that pays homage to the region’s dishes and wines.
The new Provence menu comes in at £65 for four-courses or £85 when paired with Chateau D’Esclans wines. Hearty congratulations to everybody involved in producing such a treat, it’s superb.
The Pissaladière with its onions cooked down to a luscious sweet melting consistency and served on a crisp base topped with a salty anchovy was yummy, as was the Barbajuan – a fritter filled with swiss chard and ricotta.
But our favourite (which we could have devoured as a main course) was the Aioli Provencal with its selection of crisp crudités and halved quail’s egg served on a plate with delicious chilled seafood, surrounding a dipping bowl of aioli.
Wine: Rock Angel, Cote de Provence Rose 2015
Fish or lamb
The jury is still out as to which was our favourite main course dish. They were both so good.
Rouget au Pistou – perfectly cooked red mullet, on a bed of ratatouille tomato and pepper coulis.
Wine: Les Clans, Cotes de Provence Rose 2015
Agneau de lait – olive crusted, melt in the mouth, lamb rump resting on Camargue rice, fennel, artichoke and a rosemary lamb jus.
Wine: Chateau d’Esclans Deesse Diane Cotes de Provence Rouge 2015
A favourite dessert
The non-dessert-liker on our table was ecstatic when presented with the refreshing Citron de Menton Givre – a hollowed out lemon filled with a gloriously palate-cleansing lemon sorbet on top of a tangy citron curd topped with a delicate opaline tuile.
And one of us was thrilled on spotting one of our favourite desserts on the menu- Tarte Tropezienne.
This lightly citrus flavoured brioche sandwiched with a delicate creamy confection is our idea of heaven on a plate.
Wine: Whispering Angel, Cotes de Provence Rose, 2015.
Actually come to think of it ‘heaven on a plate’ sums up Bar Boulud’s entire summer Provence menu. www.barboulud.com/london