The new incarnation of London’s famed restaurant Boulestin takes not only the name but a commitment to considered, superlative French cuisine towards which we know original founder M. Boulestin would nod approval. Located slightly off the beaten track when it comes to fine dining in London, you can find Boulestin in the same building that used to house L’Oranger and Overton’s along St. James’s Street, between St. James’s Palace and Piccadilly. Thanks to the efforts of a passionate and talented team, Boulestin once again has a home in London.
The new Boulestin restaurant down St. James’s Street in the eponymous London district is suffused with nostalgia not only for classic French cuisine but also for the style and flair that X. Marcel Boulestin brought to French cookery and London when he opened the original Boulestin restaurant in Covent Garden in the 1920s. In order to do the Boulestin legacy justice, Kissin was careful to assemble only the best staff, spent two years finding the ideal location, and conducted an extensive search for dishes stamped with M. Boulestin’s signature style.
Food which is worth eating is worth discussing, said M. Boulestin, and the new Boulestin restaurant in London’s St. James’s is destined to be the talk of the town when it comes to fine French dining. Open all day from 7am for breakfast (a little later for Saturday brunch) until 10:30pm, Boulestin’s a la carte menu changes regularly, reflecting the seasons. An extensive selection of canapes, cocktails, fully-catered private dining options, and a great prix fixe two- or three-course menu add to Boulestin’s inimitable offering. A hidden pleasure is to be found at this St. James’s Street French restaurant in the form of Boulestin’s courtyard, ideal for al fresco dining, while a beautiful private dining room equipped with AV facilities and seating 8 to 40 diners – or 70 standing – is ideal for working breakfasts, networking events, corporate lunches, celebratory dinners or special cocktail parties. Meanwhile, theatregoers in London’s West End will delight in Boulestin’s theatre dining menus. Without a doubt, if M. Boulestin himself were still around and enjoying the finer things in life, he would be booking a table at this, his new namesake restaurant.
Very nice atmosphere, great food, excellent service! A solid venue for work or personal meals, nice menu, that changes regularly ensuring it never gets old.
Amazing food, great service, awesome courtyard, would recommend and will re-visit :-) Also liked the look of the private room downstairs, nice a private for special dinners.
Despite being dressed as tourists, we were warmly greeted, asked if we preferred indoor or outdoor seating and promptly offered beverages. Excellent meal and service. Not inexpensive but worth every farthing! Memorable.
Boulestin has a lovely atmosphere, with an airy space that is good for conversation. The staff are attentive and the food is good and good value too.
We ate in the charming courtyard. Service was as friendly and professional as ever. The new fixed price menu is good value if not quite grand cuisine. The wine list remains both impressive and expensive - a cheaper house wine would be a good idea. Otherwise, the Boulestin is hard to fault and deserves more recognition. One final bonus: no pestilential piped music in the main restaurant or the courtyard
The food and service was good and competent, but the reception staff slightly snooty when we requested a garden table. We were landed a 2 person table next to the doors leading to the garden - it was small and pokey and constantly over-looked by other diners. We felt slightly in the way It was unfortunate that some of the larger tables were "unavailable" whilst unoccupied - there is definitely not a culture of appeasing newcomers or being overly accommodative. To be honest, at c.£85 per person, Cafe Murano or other neighbouring restaurants are a better bet if you are after quality cuisine and a great vibe.
Very average unfortunately - service inconsistent and sitting outside we had clouds of ash blown into our meal. We were ok to deal with it but there was no question from waitstaff as to whether we were ok, and they actively challenged the table next to us when they asked to be moved even though they were covered in soot! Food was very tired - fish was ok but the duck tasted like it had been microwaved 15 times - completely in edible. Overall a waste of time which is amazing considered the good reviews.
The food was excellent, gravadlax and herring was a delicious starter starter followed by perfectly cooked calves liver and spinach as a side. Service was gracious efficient and attentive. The lunch was so good I went back and had dinner there in the evening.
Went on Saturday 13th with my boyfriend - as I was told the restaurant was very romantic. It wasn't particularly - no more than any posh restaurant. . . BUT Wonderful food & great service. Very expensive - but lovely for a special treat.
Good news: Open on Mondays. Bad news:Not at all busy, yet service so slow as to be practically none. We were in no hurry and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A good set lunch, plus cheese and coffee, to which a stonking 13.5% service charge added, we paid a tad over £80ph.