It seems like ages ago since I last posted, not that I haven’t been eating, oh no, I just need more hours in the day to sort my backlog. But don’t worry this is a good’un.
Boulestin, a swanky French restaurant in Mayfair, have recently released a new tasting menu. Ah, a tasting menu WITH wine pairing- music to my ears. Standard I grabbed Mike for some midweek schmoozing.
The place was beaut- just how a French joint should look; classy, smart with a drop of sass. Not too fancy for the likes of jeans and pumps, (thankfully not a cliché white linen table cloth in sight) but fancy enough to watch your Ps & Qs and get a snail fork.
My last tasting menu treat at Ting set quite the bar. This menu looks a little crazy but incredible too. Let our tasting journey commence.
Obligatory bread bowl, which I try and stay away from but the lure of warm carbs and full fat butter proved too much.
First up, a wild mushroom consumme, which was like a super intense soup poured at the table. Asparagus, truffle and an egg yolk lay in the centre which sounds odd but totally worked for me (Mike wasn’t so sure). What’s the point is a tasting menu if you can’t push your tastebud boundaries?
Next up, a huge meaty octopus tenticle. It was amazing, perfectly chargrilled with a smoky flavour. It was actually a similar meatyness to chicken! Lovely presentation.
Oh wine how I love you so. Before we had finished our second glass of white, a gorge rich red was popped in front of us.
Red means one thing, the red meat was up. Miso glazed quail with a coconut foam, oh wow it was delish. Sweet, salty and luscious pink meat. A little smaller than I would of hoped but super tasty all the same. I would never understand a veggie.
We were having the best tipsy time. The service was top notch and the restaurant was almost full. It had a diverse crowd- suits, tourists and fancy locals. But all that was a blur when this turned up.
Jackpot. Grilled sirloin with smoked bone marrow, oxtail and snails. Wonderfully French I went in for a snail first. It wasn’t at all what I expected with a kind of pulled pork texture and infused in garlic, all three went down a treat.
Dessert was taken to the next level too. Blueberry mousse with elderflower sorbet and a fab piece of prosecco jelly- they must have known I was coming. Such a great combo and pretty Instagram’able plate.
Just to keep us extra sweet, warm madeleines turned up. This was all too charming. They tasted home made fresh from the oven. So so good.
Finally Petit Fours, a hard chocolate dome filled with caramel finished off my food coma perfectly.
We had an amazing eve at Boulestin . The French vibe got me like ‘ooh la la’. The menu was truly stunning and the few curve balls thrown in made it a cool tasting experience. If you’re after a French treat in central this would totally fit the bill.
I was invited to Boulestin on behalf of Bookatable, but obvs all thoughts and pics are my own.