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Bar Boulud Frenchie Burger

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£12.25 plus £3.50 for amazing fries. The Frenchie is (French) chef Daniel Boulud's ode to the American cheeseburger. C'est très très bon!

Well, it seemed rude to not give Bar Boulud's Frenchie Burger its own review, seeing as I've written up and rated the Knightsbridge bistro's other two burgers. And you'll never guess what? Just like the Yankee and the Piggie, the Frenchie burger is also a worthy recipient of 5-star Burgerac approval...

The last time I was at Bar Boulud, just last week, I was with a friend who I persuaded to let me order all three burgers. No, not just for me. So we could share them – which is a new one for me, as normally I hate the thought of sharing my food. Actually, the burgers aren't enormous in BB so sharing three between two here isn't as gut-bustingly greedy as it sounds... 


Above is a section of our burger platter awaiting our attention. My thoughts on the Yankee and also the Piggie haven't changed since reviewing them. Nor have my views on the fries: they're still excellent. But on this visit to BB I was determined to focus all my attention on the Frenchie, of which I'd only previously sampled just one overpoweringly mustardy bite...

The Frenchie consists of a thick beef patty which is accompanied with slices of confit pork belly, rocket, tomato-onion compote, morbier cheese and served in a peppered brioche bun. Despite the fact that morbier is a favourite cheese of mine (more on that in a mo) the Frenchie, on paper, is the least appealing to me of BB's three 'NY burgers'. Why? Well, because when it comes down to it I'm a purist at heart. I like a burger to be, well, a burger. Hence sampling the Yankee burger on my first visit, the Piggie on my second, and now, on my third, it's finally the turn of what I'd always considered to be "the fancy one".

Like I said, morbier is one of my favourite cheeses. It hails from the Jura mountains on the eastern edge of France, as close as you can get to Switzerland without actually being in Switzerland. For me, its structure and taste is a perfect blend of Swiss and French sensibilites. It's got a bit of a pong, but actually has a really mild and nutty taste. Taking a bite of my Frenchie burger, I was delighted this time to be able to detect and savour its distinctly mellow flavour, which was balanced wonderfully with the sweet tomato-onion compote (rather like a classic onion marmalade) and the peppery twang of the rocket.

The above image shows the patty to be slightly more cooked than I would have liked but note the oozy morbier cheese and also the thin, delicate slices of the pork belly which acts as a kind of wonderful, soft and delicious bacon. Normally I would scoff at the idea of rocket in a burger, but with this particular blend of ingredients, its peppery flavour really works well. A touch of French mustard and the gently buttery brioche bun add to the burger's French-ness, and as I polish off the last morsel, I find myself wondering if I haven't gone and saved the best till last. The Frenchie is a French chef's ode to the New York burger. It's also an absolutely cracking dish. Félicitations!

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Bar Boulud
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LA

Call for opening times and bookings: Tel :020 7201 3899



Bar Boulud Piggie Burger

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£12.25. Fries are an additional £3.50, but if you're serious about tasting London's best burgers, you better get down to Bar Boulud


There is no doubt in my mind that Bar Boulud's three "NY Burgers" are among the very best in town. Regular readers may recall I visited the smart bistro on the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge back in February, when I gave the Yankee Burger a glowing five star review. Last week I went back to sample the restaurant's fabled Piggie Burger...

This time I went with friends as a birthday treat and we ordered all three varieties of burger on the menu. Things have changed a little since my first visit in that the burgers no longer come served with fries. Rather, you have to order them separately so a burger and fries costs slightly more now than it did a few months ago. Another thing to note is that Bar Boulud burgers are not huge. They're actually very modestly sized but they are, in my experience, perfectly formed. Here's a cut through of the Piggie burger so you can see how it stacks up:

To be perfectly fair, words cannot describe the gastronomic ecstacy I found myself in on biting into my piggie burger. And when a burger is this mind-bendingly delicious, it's tricky to stay focused and be objective about the experience. So I won't even attempt to explain how exactly the combo of succulent beef patty, melt-in-the-mouth pulled pork (no crispy or stringy bits here), sweet red cabbage slaw, gently spicy chilli mayo and crisp bibb lettuce in a cheesy bun come together to make a grown man weep with joy in a busy restaurant. All I can tell you is that this burger blew my mind. I can categorically say that Bar Boulud's Piggie is my personal favourite burger in London. It is an awesome burger that any self respecting burger fan MUST try. 


While I've got your attention, allow me to introduce you to Bar Boulud's Frenchie Burger (£12.25), the beef patty of which is accompanied with confit pork belly, rocket, tomato-onion compote, morbier cheese and served in a peppered brioche bun. This was Anna's favourite burger of the day - although when I tried a few mouthfuls, I could only taste way too much wholegrain mustard which meant none of the subtle qualities of the morbier (possibly my most favourite of cheeses), or indeed anything else in the ensemble, was able to shine through.

But this, my old friend the Yankee (above) is still, I'm delighted to report, a perfectly balanced example of a New York style cheeseburger. Love it. £12.25 with cheese. £11.25 without. My opinion on it and indeed BB's wonderful fries haven't changed since my February visit. It's still five-star awesome!

Now then, in the comments of my last review, someone commented that they simply didn't believe there are as many five-star burgers in London as I seem to be finding. Super ironically, this particular doubting Thomas identified himself as "JC", which tickled me, but rest assured, folks, that there really IS an impressive number of London burgers currently worthy of the golden seal of ultimate Burgerac approval. However, if, like JC, you lack faith, Bar Boulud is probably the perfect place for you to start your five-star London burger adventures. Believe!

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Bar Boulud
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LA

Call for opening times and bookings: Tel :020 7201 3899


Bar Boulud Yankee Burger

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£13.75 buys you this bloody good looking plate of food. The fries on their own are worthy of high praise. The burger is absolutely wonderful.


The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge is a somewhat oversubscribed destination for gourmets in London at the moment.
Heston Blumenthal's recently opened Dinner restaurant (read Rosie Birkett's review HERE and Jay Rayner's just-posted review for The Obsever HERE) is fully booked up for the next three months and that's very probably just the way it's gonna be.

However, I didn't go to eat Heston's Dinner last week. I went to eat lunch with my friend Millie and it was the burgers on the menu in the hotel's ground level brasserie, Bar Boulud (sister restaurant of the New York establishment of the same name, set up by chef Daniel Boulud) that we were interested in...





The Yankee Burger is one of three options in the section of Bar Boulud's menu headed "NY BURGERS". It consists of a grilled beef patty, shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, sweet onion, sesame bun, pickle and pommes frites on the side. Add a slice of Keen's Cheddar for an extra pound. Sold!


Our food arrived pretty quick and the presentation was faultless. A silver bucket of perfectly cooked fries sat next to a beautiful looking burger sporting a glazed, sesame seeded bun lid. Actually, let's talk about the fries for just a minute. THEY'RE FUCKING AMAZING! I had to ask as to how they were cooked. Here's the deal: the potatoes are cut into fries then left to soak in water overnight. Then they're blanched in boiling vegetable oil and left to cool before being deep fried a second time just before being served. This process, it would seem, produces french fry perfection.

The burger is, hands down, the best I've tasted this year. The meat – a loose grind of 100% chuck steak with an 80/20 meat to fat ratio – is perfectly cooked and seasoned to a tee. It is ridiculously tasty and, furthermore, every bite of my Yankee Burger revealed to me the combined flavour of all of its ingredients. This is the nearest thing to burger perfection I've experienced to date. Oh, and if you're looking at the image above wondering what the spread on the inside of the top part of the bun is – it's a blend of the supplied french mustard and mayo that I applied myself.

This burger, in my humble opinion, is flawless. So I have no reservations whatsoever about awarding it the golden five-star seal of ultimate Burgerac approval! I'll be making more trips to Knightsbridge in the coming weeks. There's another two burgers on the Bar Boulud menu that I simply must sample!

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Bar Boulud
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
66 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LA

Call for opening times and bookings: Tel :020 7201 3899