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5 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EF
Latest critic review: October 20, 2013
Critics' score: 6 out of 10 Users' score: 7.5 out of 10

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This popular restaurant closed in 1994 (after opening in 1927) and is now being revived by Joel Kissin - who used to be Terence Conran's partner at Conran restaurants. It is a luxury French bistro with a separate cafe called Café Marcel, offering "lighter fare".

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AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on October 20, 2013
"For the main course I had the best daube of beef I’ve had for years, really soft and yearningly melting, collapsing and hot as a fat girl jogging on a beach of celeriac purée which didn’t have quite enough butter in it." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on October 14, 2013
"Boulestin is a little bit nutty and Mayfair, and they say crazy things such as, “Ours is the only private courtyard in London,” but it has a curious knack: everything that doesn’t work seems like a quirk, and everything that does, works wonderfully." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on October 05, 2013
"The food was fine but forgettable: the aping of a slightly different French register from Casse-Croûte done with similar levels of competence but a bit less love." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 5.5
Jay Rayner Observer
Reviewed on September 29, 2013
"Marcel Boulestin was clearly a man who believed life is for pleasure, which happens to be a pleasure afforded only those with the dosh. In that sense the new Boulestin hits the mark." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Nicholas Lander FT
Reviewed by September 27, 2013
"I would like Boulestin to flourish. But the (notably conventional) menu needs to be edited to boost quality, the prices trimmed to enhance value (as Gavin Rankin has just done at Bellamy’s up the road in Bruton Place)." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 5
Steve Dinneen City AM
Reviewed on September 25, 2013
"In short, there are loads of places serving food at least as good that won’t leave you with the nagging feeling that you’ve left behind a small but important part of your soul." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4.5
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on September 26, 2013
"Rather than trying to impersonate an old master, this Boulestin is a sensitively updated reproduction. It aims to be as classic as a carefully poured glass of old Bordeaux, and is priced accordingly." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on September 19, 2013
"The Crown Estate is putting a lot of effort into reviving St James’s Street, and no doubt Boulestin, on the back of the success of the similarly themed Balthazar and Brasserie Zédel, made sound business sense both to them and to Kissin. But, at the moment, that’s all it feels like." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4

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Dillan Vaghela
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Best service i have ever had

absolutely awesome. From accommodating us for valentines to the sevice at the table, i am and was impressed. I had the Lobster soup starter (possibly the most flavoursome soup ever) and my wife had the onion soup.. almost a full meal.. we ended up sharing a main.. and this was the risotto.. absolutly perfect. so much so, we were full, but we still had to have dessert.. and wow.. the flourless cake was amazing.

the valentines cocktails, the wine, the water, the table manners.. 10/10

will be visiting again certainly!

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Believed the hype, hugely disappointed

I should first mention that my partner and I popped in for breakfast, so I can't vouch for the lunch or dinner services. We ventured here as it was so positively reviewed and had a really awful experience - coffee that was cold (reordered 3 times), dry lukewarm toast (no butter), poached eggs that were (a) hard,which had obviously sat under a lamp for a while and (b)were old as they no longer looked like poached eggs should but came to resemble a squalid hard comet like bulb of yolk attached to a stringy matt of egg white -really unpleasant. We ended up walking away with a £40 bill for 2 breakfasts as well, which is crazy. I really can't agree with the claim that Boulestin is a gem for breakfast based on my experience. I certainly wouldn't trust them in the future.

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I thought the food was delicious, loved the decor and how the restaurant will spill out onto the fantastic and utterly unique terrace in the spring. The room is really gorgeous and feels like a breathe of fresh air, stylish and bright and light. Food was fantastic and the service charming.

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Isabel James
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Boulestin is back!

Fantastic food, lovely interior, great to have a French Restaurant on my doorstep in St James. Will definitely come back as service and dinner was superb!

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Address5 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EF
Telephone number 020 7930 2030
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
trainGreen Park
  • Bar area
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)

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