Shoreditch, Clerkenwell

Boundary

Boundary

This is Terence Conran's first restaurant opening since he sold 49% of his restaurant empire to a management buyoutfrom D&D. It's also his 50th restaurant! So what has he learnt? As part of an extensive Shoreditch set-up involving eateries, a hotel and shops, Boundary's launch had a lot hanging on it. Happily, most critics felt it demonstrated both a return to form and a cunning reading of today's market from Sir Terence.

Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 8 Casilda Grigg Telegraph
Reviewed on September 11, 2009
"It was terrific value. And once you've had your fill you can while away the afternoon drinking coffee or cocktails on Boundary's open-air rooftop (tartan rugs provided) admiring the views of London and pretending you're in Manhattan." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Matthew Norman Guardian
Reviewed on May 23, 2009
"The good news is that the second meal was every bit as excellent as the first. The bad news is that, where this theatrical underground space - two-tone brick pillars, huge showcases of armagnac bottles, arty fabric draped across the ceilings as much for the acoustic as the aesthetic - was heaving in March, in May there were twice as many staff as diners." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Anon Metro
Reviewed on May 13, 2009
"It's solid, Francophile and conservative, just the thing for the almost entirely male clientele. " READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on May 12, 2009
"Even the tardy service felt like part of Terence Conran’s grand design. He has a rare gift for making you believe that you’ve arrived – not just arrived, you’ve even been allowed in!" READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8.5 Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on April 18, 2009
"This is a stunning restaurant. Pretty much impossible to fault. Beautifully executed in every way." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 "Richard & Peter" Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed on March 18, 2009
"The realisation grew that – although standards here are consistently high – you could enjoy many of the dishes on offer here in the sort of Gallic bistros where everything emerges from a kitchen the size of a phone box." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on February 15, 2009
"This is not a menu for the adventurous. Every single main course, from the choucroute garni through the onglet to the braised trotter and ... was welcome for being so blindingly obvious." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on February 01, 2009
"Boundary is nostalgically contemporary, a very welcome restaurant at a time when to open any dining room is an act of wilful optimism." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7 Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed by January 25, 2009
"Prices are fair, the wine list thoughtful and balanced, and staff keen as mustard, but it feels a bit claustrophobic and been there, eaten that." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on January 22, 2009
"It seemed the simpler the dish, the better the execution. Skate was pan-fried in butter then topped with capers, lemon juice and tiny croûtons (a style called grenobloise), and was the best of the main courses we tried." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on January 15, 2009
"…if you are at all up for spending this kind of money these days, it’s nothing less than a bargain, both for the quality of the food and the whole seductive experience." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 5 Dos Hermanos Dos Hermanos Estimated score
Reviewed on January 08, 2009
"For me, Albion remains the better, cheaper bet." READ REVIEW

 
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Address: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7JE

Telephone number: 020 7729 1051

Nearest station: Liverpool Street/ Old Street

Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street

Opening times: Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 3.00pm,Sunday 12pm to 4.00pm; Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10.30pm

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