We were invited to one of St James’s favourite French restaurants, Boulestin, to taste the array of dishes recently unveiled by the talented head chef Andrew Woodford.
The food is delicious; superb modern cooking reinterpreting recipes from dynastic chef, Marcel Boulestin. The renowned food expert, writer and proprietor of the original eponymous restaurant, opened in 1925. More than half of the dishes on today’s menu are from M. Boulestin’s pre-war cookbooks, including Oeuf en Gelée, Jambon Persillé, Cassoulet and Daube of Beef. It was from these ‘Boulestin Classics’ that we decided to make our selection.
We started with lobster and prawn cocktail which was delightfully creamy served with avocado, our companion ordered the pan-fried scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and perigord truffle.
Then for the mains we both ordered poached lobster, red mullet and mussels with saffron broth- perfectly cooked, rich in flavour; and complemented by the enjoyable fine Italian red, Visconti della Rocca Etichetta Oro Primitivo.
To finish we chose the classic Tarte légère aux pommes, a perfect light dish to finish the evening. However our companion chose the chocolate fondant with Jersey cream – we would recommend this above any other!
If you are searching for the perfect place to spend Valentine’s evening, Boulestin’s convivial atmosphere and fine French cuisine will create the ideal romantic setting.
Diners can feast on aphrodisiac starters such as Duchy of Cornwall Native No 2 oysters, reputed to be among the fleshiest and finest of them all, and lobster bisque.
Mains comprise such standouts as roasted saddle of venison or brill fillet, samphire and crab with a cucumber and champagne sauce. Followed by a collection of delectable desserts that include crème saveur sauternes served with agen prunes in Armagnac. To view the full Valentine’s menu click here
This fine fare can be enjoyed alongside Boulestin’s regular à la Carte menu in both the dining room and in the slightly more informal surroundings of Café Marcel.
Boulestin’s stunning Private Dining Room meanwhile is the perfect choice when it comes to stylish gatherings. Capable of comfortably seating from 8 to 40, this space is truly impressive with its wood paneling, open fire and green leather 1930s chairs inspired by Marc du Plantier. Guests dining here will be able to choose from a selection of set menus or menus with several choices.
Starting from just £50.00 per head, all will be inclusive of filter coffee and petit fours.
Boulestin (5 St James’ Street, London, SW1A 1EF)
[Written by Isabelle Dellar]