jackl (548) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 22, 2012| Updated September 23, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATE: This place now features ice cider on their digestif drinks menu. Awesome.
Original review: Bar Boulud is a restaurant and bar located in the basement of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. The restaurant is part of a chain of brasseries by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud that emphasize well-executed comfort food served in a casual setting. The service is excellent, you get the feeling that the place is almost overstaffed. The food is very good. Make no mistake, the food and drink is expensive, but itís of great quality. Half pints will run you north of £4, burgers with chips cost about £15. But one canít really come here and complain about the prices; after all, youíre eating at a hotel restaurant in the middle of Knightsbridge. The beer options are pretty interesting by London restaurant standards. Thereís about 8 taps and 8 bottles on offer. Tap options include Punk IPA and Duchesse De Bourgogne. Bottle options are also somewhat interesting (Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and beers from Redchurch were available on my last visit). The food is great, simple brasserie fare. I highly recommend trying some of their homemade charcuterie. The burgers are also tasty. While I understand that American fine dining has embraced craft beer, this isnít the case in London. This is one of the few high-profile dining experiences in London that offers decent beer. Bar Boulud is a place that I heartily recommend, especially if someone else is paying.