During the Christmas period my mum took me to Bar Boulud which is a part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park for lunch. As expected the design, service and food were all incredible, when you walk in you’re asked if you want to leave anything in the cloakroom then showed to your seat, once sat down you’re poured some water in to a lightly coloured glass and given a bucket of fresh bread and butter all of which get refilled throughout the course of the meal.
For starters we shared a calamari and onion rings platter as well as having the bread and butter which constantly got replaced when we were close to finishing it. For the main course I wanted to try the ménage á trois which was a tasting of all 3 burgers (Yankee, piggie and BB) but I knew my appetite couldn’t handle it so I decided to go with the BB burger which came with a beef patty, foie gras, red wine braised short ribs, truffle, frisée, horseradish mayonnaise, confit tomatoes and a black onion seed bun although I chose to get the horseradish mayonnaise on the side.
When you order such as mainstream meal as a burger at a 5 star restaurant you expect it to wipe the floor with every other burger you have ever had and let me tell you this came pretty close. The combination of the quarter of a pound patty with the red wine braised short ribs gave you a succulent, rich, meaty flavour while the rest of the ingredients served only to compliment the flavour. Having never had truffles or foie gras before it was interesting to taste what they were like and while it did go with the burger I honestly think that there are more compatible ingredients and they were there just to uphold what is expected to be in a £23 burger.
Throughout the meal we were constantly being checked up on to see if the meal was absolutely perfect, water and bread were topped up as discreetly and efficiently and possible and any requests were handled very quickly such as wanting to know how much wine is in the bottles above (approximately 27 glasses). It’s those little touches that make it worthy of being 5 star and while my limited income means I won’t be coming here again any time soon I assure you it has nothing to do with the food.