Christmas has arrived at Boulestin restaurant in London’s St James’ area so I was really excited to visit after seeing from Twitter that celebrities such as presenter Kate Thornton and actor Christopher Biggins are fans of the French eatery.
I got even more in the festive spirit when I saw the wreath on the front window to mark their Christmas menu being available from the end of November.
Not to mention the courtyard dinging area outside at the back, there are three places diners can enjoy the venue, the Café Marcel at the front, where the filly stocked bar also lives, the bigger main restaurant just behind that, and the private dining room downstairs.
Positioned next to the wine stocks and with a precious little restroom down there too, there’s no need to surface from the tucked away basement until your exclusive dining experience is over.
Capable of comfortably seating from eight to 40, it’s decked out with wood panelling, an open fire and green leather 1930s chairs inspired by Marc du Plantier.
Guests dining here are 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.
If you want to take advantage of their festive dishes, go for the Escargots Poêlés, Cèpes, Bacon, Sauce Bordelaise (Pan-fried Snails, Ceps, Bacon, Bone Marrow Red Wine Sauce), £13.50.
I must admit, as I’m obsessed with seafood, I couldn’t help but go for the Noix de St-Jacques, Topinambours,Truffe de Périgord (Pan-fried Scallops, Jerusalem Artichokes, Perigord Truffle) £18.50. I had no regrets. They were thick and meaty plus very tasty. You can’t go wrong with a bit truffle too.
I also admired the Duchy of Cornwall Native No 2 oysters being devoured by my fellow diners, also the Foie Gras Poêlé, Coings Rôtis (Pan-fried Foie Gras, Roasted Quince) £18.50.
Mains comprise such standouts as Moules Pochées au Saffran (Poached Lobster, Red Mullet & Mussels with Saffron Broth) £32.50. I was expecting a whole or half lobster so be warned this one comes in small pieces.
I enjoyed it with a selection of sides including Haricots Verts (Green Beans) £4.75, Pommes Frites £4.75, creamy Pommes Purée £4.75 and a gratin dauphinois, which wasn’t on the menu we were reading from.
Washed down with white wine it was then time to pick desert. Now I’m not the best at making choices so this was hard. Especially as there were so may different things I could have tried.
The Parfait Glacé au Miel, Sauce au Caramel £8.50 (Frozen Honeycomb Parfait with Caramel Sauce), Fondant au Chocolat (Chocolate Fondant) £9.50, and Cheese course £10.75 all looked great on the table around me while I had my Tarte Bourdaloue (Pear & Almond Tart with Amaretti Macarons, Jersey Cream) £8.75. Accompanied by an Amaretto drink, it was heaven.
The Christmas menus will be available until December 24th and you can make a reservations by calling 020 7930 2030.
Boulestin, 5 St James’ Street, London, SW1A 1EF.