For some reason I always assumed any independent Covent Garden restaurant will be a tourist trap, expensive dining, hidden costs and small tasteless portions. However I can honestly confirm Boulevard Beasserie was not. The food was homely, comforting, lacking no flavours and with 50% off from Toptable open to everyone the prices were reasonable enough especially in the portion sizes they came in.
Service came as slightly aggressive by our waiter Abdel but then you'll find that it's part of his dark and sarcastic humour and you will eventually warm up to him. I think he was trying to play the ' I know I'm always right' character but was always kind in his actions to help us take a photo, check if we're okay and served as well. He did confuse us with the 50% off deal as it was limited to 2 course which wasn't in the terms and conditions on Toptable as it says minimum order of 2 course and not maximum. I was declined my soup to qualify for mt offer but with the sizes of the large mains you will be more than content to miss a starter. I do hope everyone can accept his humour as it can be taken the wrong way.
So I started off with my duck confit beautifully presented in a clay pan on top of a large bed of lentils, lardons, bacon and mushrooms. It was delicious, perfectly seasoned and the flavours of the ingredients like the mushrooms and bacon really came through and creating lovely textures per bite. The lentils were perfectly cooked to soft creating a lovely accompaniment to the succulent juicy duck confit that just fell apart along my knife and fork. I even ordered a side of mash to soak up and finish the lovely sauce.
Even though we were happily full, with the cold weather, dull skies, downpour we just had to make room for dessert. So glad we did. My sticky toffee pudding was absolute divine. Usually I do love hot against cold, ice cream melting into my hot pudding. But Boulevard Brasserie did it perfectly. The cake itself was separately between half a plate of a hot toffee sauce and the other half a smooth creamy vanilla ice cream. It was not only fun dipping my cake into the sauce and then the ice cream to create my personalised preference of sweetness, temperature and consistency but it was delicious as well.
The whole meal was very satisfying and definitely memorable. The atmosphere was dim, romantic, clean and pleasant, a great way to wind down and it in a tourist place like Covent Garden it was very peaceful as well. I ended up paying £14.00 for my 2 course meal and a side after the discount and without drinks. It's always that 12.5% service charge that strikes it up. Still I will more than be happy to go there again as the food was delicious and perfect for a winter's day. .
I might have offered 3 stars, but our servers were so entertaining, I cannot offer anything less than 4. They were hilarious, even taking time to teach us an amusing trick involving a fork, a toothpick, and a salt shaker. Oh, and they provided good service, too!
On arrival, we thought we would have a wait, however, there are several floors. We sat downstairs in a very cozy room, that I really enjoyed.
As for the food, it was very good but with a little room for improvement. My husband and I started with the baguette and black olive tapenade. It was a very small portion, however, it was really inexpensive. We should have ordered two.
The mash served with the beef bourguignon was lacking seasoning. Although it was fine with the stew over it, I would have preferred it could stand alone. The bourguignon was incredibly rich and flavorful. Fantastic with the exception that some pieces of meat were quite tough, while others were very tender. The inconsistency detracted from the dish. For desert we shared the chocolate tart with mint chantily. I liked it, but it was nothing special. I wished we had ordered the sticky toffee pudding that got rave reviews from our companions!
Overall, a very nice meal which was fairly reasonably priced if you ignore the exchange rate.
Why can't more london restaurants have good service, good atmosphere, and good food for a reasonable price. This place stands out.
Eloquent decor, great selection of music, reasonable prices and hospitable service: all in all a great cafe. Definitely suggested for a great talk with your friend(s).
Boulevard is tucked away behind the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and just to the side of the busy Covent Garden Piazza. It's a cute little place and can probably be best described as simple and safe. Nothing on the menu will surprise you. It's the usual French fare: mussels and frites, steak and frites, basic sandwiches, burgers, I think veal was probably the most unusual thing on the menu. But simple doesn't exactly mean bad, and Boulevard has always delivered on service and quality whenever I've been.
My last visit was for a civilised stag do, late on a Saturday night, around 10pm. They quickly accommodated around seven of us and we ordered starters and mains that came quickly and were on the whole pretty good. My deep fried Camembert was a little on the small size for a starter but I soon filled up on the mussels and frites for main course. The chips were a bit limp and a little too oily, but they were ok..
Boulevard Brassiere isn't going to set the culinary world alight anytime soon. But it can definitely be relied upon for safe, simple food and some good quality wine. A good place to eat after some shopping or maybe pre or post theatre. Worth a visit, pleasant, but won't blow you away anytime soon.
Convincing French-style brasserie a short distance from Covent Garden.
Food well cooked, service good.
My friend booked a table for 10 through Top Table and we were given the option to get 50% off our food bill if everyone ordered 2+ dishes from the a la carte menu. BARGAIN!
I ordered the Fois Gras & Chicken Liver parfait. Was nice, nothing amazing.
Then I ordered the Moules & Frites. Since it is Lent, I've given up cream & cheese (yes, I know how absurd that is), I requested the cream be taken out, which they did accordingly. It was quite mundane (compared to Belgo's). There was barely any jus and it was just quite salty. Maybe due to the lack of cream? The mussels themselves were quite small, not as beefy as Belgo's... I know if I want Moules & Frites Belgo's is the only place to go. I ate my giant cauldron of mussels, again it was nice. Nothing spectacular.
I like this place and I'd probably go there again. It has a nice relaxed atmosphere. The table was booked for 2pm, we did not leave till about 5.30pm and never felt rushed to leave. Which was nice of them seeing as most places would start to usher you our after 2 hours.
strolling down after watching a West End play last Saturday, we decided to dine alfresco. Boulevard Brasserie attracted us with a versatile offering of dishes and reasonable prices.
the service was very friendly and the food (steak and mussles) was tasty. I would definetely go back for a meal and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a convenient place serving good food.
As average restaurants in London's busy Covent Garden district go, Boulevard is probably as average as it gets. It's not bad, but certainly nothing special either.
With a supposedly French menu (although some things look remarkably british or from further afield) Boulevard offers a really safe choice for a safe price. Food we ordered included sea bass (good, recommendable), steak and frites (average, wouldn't bother) and for deserts creme brulee (ok) and chocolate tart (average again, wouldn't bother).
As you may have gathered by now, I'm not the biggest fan of the restaurant. This may be caused by the fact they forgot my reservation last time I went and made me wait outside for half an hour. They did make up for it by a free glass of kir royale but by then the damage was already done.
The restaurant features on cheap deals websites with 50% offers. This implies that the food isn't anything special but at least gives you a cheap deal. For that reason I would come back. As I said, Boulevard certainly isn't bad, it's just too bad they cannot offer something a bit more exciting in the crowded London restaurant scene.
It seems like all restaurants in London close early. We got here an hour before closing and we're happy we did.
We knew we weren't going to get any type of culinary delight and we got what we expected: Average food.
That's ok though since the ambiance was great and so was the service. It was a romantic little place with candles and all that jazz. The waiters were French and friendly. My napkin must have fallen off of my lap four times and the guy kept picking it up. Good times.
Probably a good place to go before or after theater or perhaps right after you land in this country.
The lady at the table next to us spilled her wine all over her 350 pound date. This has nothing to do with my review other than I thought it was funny because he had one of those helmet strap beards and wasn't happy. That is all.
+ romantic setting for dinners (dark lighting, candles)
+ two floors with enough space between tables
+ popular with groups
+ served by happy, friendly French waitress
+ food cooked well and as ordered
- a la carte menu quite expensive (paying for location)
- presentation is mediocre, considering the prices
I went as a group of four to Boulevard Brasserie on Saturday night after booking a table via a popular website which gave us 50% discount for our food. The food was cooked well but nothing spectacular or extravagant. For example, I had the filet steak with dauphinois potato and peppercorn sauce. It wasn't beautifully presented for the £19.95 price tag, and I personally found the sauce and the potato too salty. However, the steak was cooked to perfection as I had ordered.
I do highly recommend the dessert. I had the fruit crumble with creme anglaise (seasonal), my partner had ther petit au chocolat, and our friends shared the sticky toffee pudding. We couldn't resist but to have a taste of each other's choices as they all looked so good (and tasted just as good as they looked).
The French waitress who served us was very energetic, bubbly, and friendly, although service was slow at times as she seemed to be the only one covering the downstairs area.
This is a "safe" restaurant to go to if you are in the area and don't know where to eat. The food is cooked well and the staff very friendly. It's not great value for money but you will walk out with a satisfied tummy.
We arrived earlier than our reservation and were seated promptly with no problem. The Sunday set menu is nice but we opted for the a la carte. We enjoyed oysters, moules frites, and fish & chips and licked our plates clean. The beer/cider selection is a bit lacking (just one of each) and the service was absent (we wanted another round but didn't see anyone until we were done with our meal and ready to go) but the food was good and we'd do it again.
Two drinks, two entrees, and an appetiser plus 12.5% service charge all totalled less than £45. If we'd ordered dessert we would've qualified for 50% off our food bill, which no one told us about, but we enjoyed ourselves and it was totally worth £45.
This is the kind of restaurant that has a perpetual 50% offer on the restaurant reservation sites. This effectively means that their food can only be worth half the listed price on the menu. There is nothing special or remarkable about the food, it's just kinda lazy sustenance. It will fill you up but you might not be glad of it.
At 50% off it's ok value. Full price would frankly be a rip off.
I visited Boulevard Brasserie witha large group of friends and we had a really great night. We sat upstairs next to the French Windows and this created a really nice environment to enjoy a meal.
The restaurant got really full as the evening went on and I suppose this is because it's in the busy Covent Garden area but the service stayed fairly good throughout the night even when it got packed.
The food was nice and reasonably priced. The waiters kept bringing out fresh bread and the wine we had was beautiful. I would go back there again as it was pleasant but I don't think it would be my first choice as I've had better food. Everythig was 'nice', nothing exceptional nor terrible.
I ended up in Boulevard brassie after a day's shopping in Covent Graden with my mum. I had spent the last three hours searching for a dress to wear to my friend's wedding in Tuscany. Exhausted and starving from seraching for 'the dress' I had only managed to buy a French Connection bag and admitted defeat. We discovered Boulevard Brasserie and too hungry to go anywhere else we sat down for an early dinner.
We both chose the £11.95 two course set menu and were not disappointed with our choices. I had the Greek sald which was lovely but seemed an odd choice for a supposedly French retaurant. for my main I had the steak and chips which very good.
Boulevard Brasserie is a good restaurant in a great location perfect for tired shoppers but it lacks the buzzy vibe to be my first choice for a night out with friends.
This has been a pleasant little brasserie tucked behind the Opera House for many years now. Been a few times, and it's always done the business - pleasant food, reasonable wine list, and sensible prices.
The food, while good, is not going to blow you away - it's standard brasserie fare - though the tasty foccacia-style bread you get to start (unless you go for the set menu) sitting glistening on a massive board on your way in is guaranteed to get your tastebuds going (and your hackles rising when you realise it's not for set menu customers).
The waiter when we went a couple of days ago was a bit offhand, and took our order sans pen. However, this backfired when he brought us the wrong food - which, for a set menu with a choice of only 3 items per course, doesn't give a good impression.
It's awful to say it, but I left feeling full, but bored. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for a brasserie, perhaps for a £15 set menu that's all you can expect. None of the food was bad, but none of it had any wow factor.
Next time, I think I'll go for a glass of wine, and see if I can persuade them to sell me a hunk of foccacia.
We had our Christmas work do here (nearly 30 of us) and I think at the time there were also two other groups having their Christmas lunch at the same time. The pros with this restaurant were that they were very flexible. Whilst most other places at this time of year require confirmed numbers and meals pre-selected before sitting Boulevard Bar Brasserie were happy to flex our numbers and didn't require us to pre-select meals. Though this worked well on the one hand (as it turned out numbers for us kept fluctuating as people went off sick etc.) it also worked to our disadvantage with delays in our meal coming out. Between our starters and mains there must have been at least an hour if not more to wait.
In this time a good deal of wine was consumed as you can imagine as we waited for our food so probably the restaurant was happy. Service was pretty good considering how many of us were there.
Food was fairly ordinary and my turkey seemed a tad dry and overcooked. Not gigantic portions so even after our desserts a number of us were still fairly peckish.
Overall not too bad for lunch for Christmas but at the price we paid I've experienced better.
Oh what a good choice this was!
We were not able to use my discount card as it only applies to A La Carte Menu, but set menu was incredible and really good value too.
It cost £14.95 for a starter (patte & soup), mains ( grilled trout with mash in green watercress sauce) and dessert ( ice cream & creme brulee).
Portions were ENORMOUS, service really quick and food absolutely delicious.
I would recommend this to anyone.
ps: make sure you get some siesta afterwards, don't rush to work as we did :)))))))))))))))
My friends and I enjoyed a very relaxed 3-course lunch at Boulevard Brasserie and the food was great! I actually expected an extensive menu but was varied enough and we all enjoyed different meals. The glass of bubbly was a nice touch and the atmosphere was relaxed. The service was excellent - we were not rushed and therefore able to take our time between courses. Also, good value for money at £15 for 3 courses & bubbly, plus drinks and sides. Would definately visit again.
I usually go here through Toptable because they have great special offers. Last time it was 3 courses and a kir royale for 16.50 - food here is great and consistent, and service is always friendly. Perfect for pre- or post-theatre.
Could not falut this place. We normaly eat in "higher class" restaurants in this area but we were very pleasantly surprised. Food was very good as were the prices. Really couldn't fault the place for anything at all, including service. Would recommend to anyone. Also on the plus side they also accept the Taste Card (used to be Taste London) for 2 for the price of one meals, although you must book and mention this at the time. Well done. A pleasant surprise
Booked this through Top Table so ate from the set menu. Limited selection but nice yet unspectacular and a little bland food.
The service was good and the restaurant is again nice enough but again nothing too special.
All in all it was good value and a handy location but probably wouldn't go back with the selection of restaurants that are on offer in Covent Garden.
Fantastic location, and wonderful food . We had a deal of 3 courses for£20 and a kir royal thrown in for good measure. Our waiter was attentive and up for a laugh- which was handy bcse it was my bday and we were rather merry!! Would recomend to everyone!!
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