One of the top three meals in my lifetime.
For the Americans in the crowd,
If you want to know what kind of food you'll be getting, watch Ramsay on BBCA instead of Fox. Those shows are a lot less about yelling and more about the fresh, seasonal fare that you'll find at Boxwood.
Opened in May 2003, Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Café is located in the Uber glam Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge (Belgravia). It is a frog hop ( no offence to any French readers) away from Harrods so ideal for something to eat after a hard days shop at the workface!!
Open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner but make sure you book first, even for Breakfast, and get your booking in early. Ideal for pre-theatre dinner.
I have eaten here more than a few times and have never been let down. The ambiance is incredible and it has a real cosy intimate feeling to go with the spot on, cracking food they put on your table. Café cuisine is the theme here, smart casual cuts it.
It is a take on an upscale New York-style café with an emphasis on a more relaxed approach to dining and service. The cool interior design was put together by Barbara Barry from Californian and you do get a slight feel of Americana meets Brit.
Gordon does occasionally pop in but the main Man here is head chef Stu Gillies (ex-Daniel's in New York and Le Caprice),
Seats around 120 but even when full (and generally always is) you still feel like you have all the room and privacy you need. Most of the wines on the HUGE wine list are available by the glass and the Sommelier is always willing to let you sample before you choose so, go for it.
There are a number of menu options but VFM is found with the Taste of Boxwood Menu which gets you 6 courses for £55.00 Never huge portions as you would expect from a Ramsay establishment but will fill you up nicely everytime.
Last A la Carte sit down we had here was;
Ceviche of organic salmon and crab with chilli, lime, coriander and grapefruit
Roasted foie gras with poached spiced black fig, pickled ginger and hazelnuts
Braised Featherblade of Dedham Vale beef with pumpkin purée and curly kale
Braised Loch Duart salmon with garlic cream, savoy cabbage and wild mushrooms
and finished off oh so nicely with;
Marinated pineapple and passion fruit with a mango and Campari sorbet
If you get the chance you have to try the sugared doughnuts cooked to order and served with yoghurt ice cream or the Poppyseed Knickerbocker Glory.
Recently called in for a quick bite around midday and we had the lobster roll with a Thousand Island dressing and a cold roast suckling pig open sandwich with coleslaw and rocket and two frothy Cappo's. Fast Food porn!
This was my first Gordan Ramsay experience, and I must say, it was an excellent dining experience.
I chose this restaurant for the price and atmosphere. I wasn't particularly interested in a stuffy restaurant where you had to ask permission to stand up or wipe your mouth, so Boxwood, with its location, menu and setting was perfect.
The restaurant is stylish and sleek without being intimidating. They said dress code is business casual, but honestly as long as you're dressed cleanly, it's fine. To the food. I got the pressed foie gras and duck confit to start, and the grilled aberdeen angus rib-eye chop with beef marrowbone and port wine braised shallots.
It was FOOKING AMAZING YEA? The foie gras and duck confit mixed perfectly, rich in flavor and texture, and the angus rib-eye was a feast both visually and in flavor. The meat was tender and perfectly seasoned, and the accompanying marrow and shallots provided the perfect excitement in flavor pairing.
My date got the tagliolini with white and brown crab to start, and the caledonian prawns for the main. Both dishes were unexpectedly delicious and refreshing. We are both restaurant nuts and foodies, so often we find the food at different restaurants to be recycled versions of past experiences. Not saying a lot are bad, but there has been a diminishing return in new flavors. The food at Boxwood broke that trend and satisfied us both in a gleeful manner.
For dessert, at first we were hesitant since we were both quite full, and the exhaustion of arriving in London that morning and touring the city all day was settling in. But a quick glance to another table saw a very British and orderly gentleman in full suit and decor enjoying the ice cream cone like a little kid. We were sold, and so ordered the home-made ice cream cones to sweeten our palate. Couldnt' have asked for a better end to our first night in London.
I am glad to see others who had the steak sandwich, it was INCREDIBLE. And for those who think Gordon Ramsay restaurants are beyond their reach, not only is this restaurant have incredible food, but the portions are generous and I ate for LT $30 (including a cocktail). Skip the nasty food court eateries down the road at Harrods and stop in the Boxwood cafe for an incredible meal.
(Reviewed March 2009)
I booked a table for three at 18.45 on a Tuesday night, clearly within the 17.00-19.00 time frame for the early supper prix fixe menu; however, when me and my dining companions sat down, the only menus placed in front of us were the a la carte options. Not wanting to appear cheap, I decided to just go for the regular menu. It was kind of a special occasion, after all. However, this meant that my meal ended up costing significantly more than I had originally intended, which is perhaps why this meal was four stars instead of five.
You see, to start we ordered the ceviche of Scottish organic salmon with jalapeño lime and coriander (£12.50), the salt and pepper prawns on brioche (£14.50) and the Beetroot and goat's curd salad with toasted pine nuts and 10 year old balsamico (£12.50). The prawns were super tasty but nothing I couldn't have attempted with varying degrees of success in my own kitchen, and the salmon ceviche and beetroot and goat's curd salad were uninspired. I finished the starters and thought, 'Hrm...'
The only reason I wasn't completely disappointed after the starters was the wine. Backing up a bit, before we even ordered our meals, we ordered our drinks. The onsite sommelier came over to our table and asked if we wanted any suggestions. We told him we were looking for a white wine that was fruit forward but not too sweet but also not too dry. He recommended a very reasonably priced Vouvray at £30 (this was on the lower end of the wine list, which I appreciated. Not that I wouldn't LIKE to drink a more expensive wine or anything. I just appreciate that he recommended something reasonable rather than obscenely priced). He poured our drinks after a tasting and took the bottle away to chill away from the table. He then returned throughout the meal to refill our glasses whenever they were becoming empty. The wine was delicious and the recommendation, spot on.
Anyway, back to the meal. I wasn't impressed by the starters, but I was impressed by the wine and wine service, so at this point, I was happy enough.
And then the mains arrived. I got the steamed sea bass with smoked aubergine, Castelluccio lentils, savoy cabbage and pumpkin (£19.00), my sister got the grilled loin of yellow fin tuna with creamed parsnips and black pepper sauce (£19.00), and Robert D, true to form, got the (massive) grilled Aberdeen Angus rib-eye chop with beef marrowbone, roasted red onion and whole roasted garlic (£33.00) along with a side of chips (£3.95).
My sister and I shared our meals at first, but I soon found that the tuna, much like the starters, was extremely well executed but completely uninspiring. I thought, 'I could eat this anywhere', and I therefore lost interest in it. My sea bass, on the other hand, was amazing. The bed of lentils and aubergine it sat on was beautifully smoky without being overpowering and leant the perfectly steamed sea bass an incredible flavour. All components on the plate complemented each other amazingly.
For this dish alone, I would be inclined to return to the Boxwood Cafe.
I didn't try the huge slab of beef on Robert D's plate, so I can't really comment, but I was told that it was perfectly cooked and surprisingly free from gristle, considering it was a rib-eye.
We ended with vanilla and gingerbread cheesecake with blueberry ice cream (£7.00), warm chocolate fondant, salt caramel and mint chocolate ice cream (£8.00) and home-made ice cream cones (£7.00). Again, tasty and satisfying, but uninspired. Sure, I ate all of my chocolate fondant, but as I'm writing this, I realise that I don't even remember the salt caramel, which isn't a good sign.
As everyone else has mentioned on Yelp, the service is excellent. Even the back server was able to answer my question as to whether the marshmallows in one of the desserts contained gelatine without so much as a pause for memory recall.
Now that I've summed this all up, I realise that £207 is a lot to pay for one amazing main course and a solid bottle of wine. But I'm giving the Boxwood Cafe four stars anyway.
Because, golly, that sea bass was amazing.
I imagine if I actually got the three courses for £25 that I would be raving about five-star this and five-star that, so there you have it.
Being a HUGE fan and avid viewer of Gordon Ramsay so I had to try one of his restaurants when I visited London late last year. After perusing the website I chose Boxwood Cafe based on the prices and the gorgeous menu.
We arrived slightly late and were notified that our reservation only held the table an hour so we would need to leave the table regardless at 8:30pm. Luckily I had read that this is how many reservations are done in the UK so it didn't take me by surprise.
I ordered a crispy pork belly with sauteed apples and blood pudding. The pork was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The apples added a delicate sweetness that added to the overall flavor of the dish. The blood pudding had a nice consistency...almost like a bread pudding...but the blood flavor was off putting.
I would definitely come back to this or any of his other establishments.
Gordon never disappoints you stupid donkeys! Again our best meal in town was at one of his restaurants. That was little surprise as we had eagerly looked forward to it.
Not as formal as the Claridges location, Boxwood is no less spectacular. The dining room is hip and sleek. It was jumping with well dressed scenesters and the business crowd too. They have the tables for two set up as corner seats instead of the typical stacked two tops that offer no intimacy.
Our meal was amazing. The menu is extensive and it was tough to choose from the tempting options. We started with the salt and pepper prawns and the tagliolini of white and brown crab with chilli,
parsley and spring onion. Both were excellent, and we loved the shrimp. For our entrees we had the roasted loin of suckling pig, garlic-roasted potatoes, and grain mustard sauce and the yellow fin tuna. The pork was very tender and the skin was crispy like bacon. I loved it and my wife enjoyed her fish too. We finished with the chocolate fondat and a delicious mint chocolate ice cream. You can't go wrong with anything on this menu and it was well executed and presented. Service was attentive and spot on. The dining room is intimate and sleek. You will prefer sitting here over the lounge area. You may also want to dress up here for a nice evening.
I wanted to take my mom out to a nice dinner to celebrate her (belated) birthday in London, so...why not a Gordon Ramsay spot?
I should have known better and make reservations early, but luckily, our hotel concierge was able to find us reservations here. (Our hotel was actually closer to another Gordon Ramsay joint, Maze, but our concierge recommended Boxwood...so off we went).
The front of the restaurant is just like the inside decor - subtle, quiet, and calming. We were promptly seated at the right area of the restaurant...going up a few stairs. The chairs were comfortable and the menu full of options. Looking around though, you seemed to have a heavy mix of business dinner meetings and casual diners. Maybe it's a European/London thing or just the area where we were seated, but despite the good number of people there, it wasn't loud like how some NYC restaurants become when they have the same amount of diners.
We both ordered appetizers - thechicken liver foie gras with early gray jelly for me, and fried oysters for my mum. The foie gras came in a simple presentation with 2 thick pieces of brioche bread. It, the foie gras, was delicious. I just wish there was more bread since I am not one to slather on a thick coating of anything on bread. Mum's oysters were presented quite cleverly as they were brought out on oyster shells (cleaned) and had a nice small salad of greens that mum liked as well.
For our entrees, she went with the steamed bass and I chose the pork loin. Again her plate presentation was clean and precise and she really enjoyed her food. My pork was a bit on the salty side and kind of chewy but still pretty tasty. The potatoes that came with my dish were cooked perfectly, soft on the inside and nice and crisp on the outside. It was also a pretty hefty portion of pork, coming in 2 pieces. We also ordered a side of spinach for some added veggies which were prepared nicely and were also tasty.
In addition to this, we munched on the complimentary bread (choices between a multi-grain and a sourdough type bread) which added to our fullness and we just could not do a dessert. I wish we did though.
For 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, a side and 2 bottles of water (water isn't free), I was actually surprised at the overall cost of the meal. The waitstaff was extremely attentive and polite, and with the service charge already added to your bill, this meal was well worth the ~100 punds.
Note: With the currency conversion and my credit card's foreign transaction fee, our meal came to about ~$150. Not bad considering the prices a similary type of NYC restaurant would have been.
This restaraunt is posh without pretention.
We marched in around 8pm, and asked for a table. The staff was a little suprised when we did not have a reservation, but they sat us in 1 minute flat, after realizing they could not "intimidate" us.
The tasting menu was an excellent choice. At 55 GBP, you cannot get that kind of food for the price anywhere else.
The courses were brought out at a nice pace, giving enough time to slowly enjoy each dish, and digest afterward.
The waitstaff, food, atmosphere and price cannot be matched.
Holy salt, Batman!
I felt my blood pressure rising throughout the meal, and it had nothing to do with the service. I think I took down two liters of water before I went to bed after this meal!
I can't say I have much more to add to this review. The food was just "OK," as was the over-priced bottle of wine.
We went on the expense account... otherwise, I doubt that we'll ever be back.
Boxwood is closed and moving to a new location as of April 25.
Gordon Ramsay does not f*** around. Visiting one of his restaurants was made a top priority for my first trip to London. First choice was Claridges since it seemed everyone and their mom and their cousin had nothing but great things to say about it. I couldn't get lunch reservations at such short notice so Boxwood it was and I do not feel like I missed out at all.
Why I loved Boxwood:
- Prix fixe lunch menu with 3 courses and half a bottle of wine a great value at £27
I prefer white wine so I went with the Viognier, Jardin des Cigales, Languedoc - highly recommended
1st course was a watermelon and feta salad with some balsamic vinegar - arugula does not grow that delicious in the states
2nd course was a vegetarian risotto, rice was cooked perfectly al dente
Dessert was delicious as well, the tart wasn't too sweet
- Service was attentive and highly professional without coming off as stuffy and pompous - our server kept an eye on us from a distance so our next courses didn't come too early or too late and my glasses were refilled throughout.
Bottom line: I love dining at nice restaurants but it's the equivalent of bug repellent for me when staff act like they have a huge stick up their a**. Boxwood Café is the epitome of an organic combination between class and comfort. I highly recommend this place.
Well you wouldn't expect anything else than a top score for one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants would you?
We opted for the Taster menu complete with wine, to start with we had Chilled Melon soup with salt water prawns, followed by Salmon and Crab with Chili, Lime, coriander and grapefruit these where complimented by the excellent choice of wines made by the wine waiter.
The next course of Asparagus, pea and broad bean salad with feta cheese was again as expected excellent. Next course was seared Loin of Tuna, fennel, red onion and quail's egg in a black pepper sauce, followed by Braised Cornish Lamb again we were not disappointed.
After these five courses we wondered if we should opt for the British Cheeses (hey in for a penny) so succumbed to these, followed by the hot chocolate fondue with marshmallows, biscotti and fruit Kebabs.
All in all an excellent evening and meal served by professional knowledgeable staff. If I had to make one criticism it would be nicer to have a bit more space between the tables as I did feel a bit on top of each other.
Having previously eaten at one of Ramsey's other restaurants the Maze I would say the Maze did have an extra edge to this one but don't worry I would be surprised if you are disappointed after visiting here.
So if you want to spoil someone put this on your list.
In overall a pretty decent place. Was here few days ago for a meal with a friend of mine and I was nicely impressed. Portions weren't as big as I expected, but then again the quality of the food was amazing. Service was on a high level too, staff were fast, polite and welcoming. Prices were reasonable. In overall its a good place to hang out with friends.
Certainly this is one of my favorite places in this part of London. Food and drinks are really nice, as well as the service. I was recently here to grab a fast bite with a friend of mine. Service was really fast, kinda surprising to be honest. The staff were kind, polite and welcoming. Prices vary, but in overall I'd say they are reasonable.
I went here a while back with the big boss .... it was good. I wanted to go somewhere a little bit sexy but not too up its own arse. It was a little bit old style .. Not up to the standard of Maze or Claridges but each course was tasty ... I had the foie Gras to start which was just melt in the mouth delish, My boss had the fried oysters and was egually satisfied.... the courses continued to be wonderful washed down with a scrummy red. Overall happy just feel like it was a little corporate..... but fitted the purpose.
Everything I could EVER imagine a Gordon Ramsey Restaurant would be. We had brunch. The Steak Sandwich with caramelized onions was the kind of delicacy that melts in your mouth. how could the steak be SO tender??? And surprisingly with the entree, came out the most delectable fries i have ever had. not an ounce of grease. Crisp, slightly brown, hot and just brilliant. I know how he likes to do everything he serves made to order. Truly brilliant. And actually quite well priced. Gordon Ramsey's Boxwood Cafe is an example of a chef that practices what he preaches.
Really everyone? Four to Five stars?? Not the tastebud dazzling magnificent culinary experience I was expecting. I'll give him one thing...that asparagus and parm soup of his is freakin awesome!! I mean a delicassy and yet a comfort food at the same time!! SO GOOD!!
However, everything else I had was....meh....I had the steak sandwich, which was pretty average. The carmelized onions on top of it were quite good, but not anything to write home about. And really...9 pounds for a bloody mary that didn't have any horseradish in it???
My mom had the veal and foie gras burger. This should really be an appetizer. Way too rich for a full burger. It would be fantastic as one of a trio of "mini burgers". And the chive mayo that came with was...lacking to say the least, and the burger actually tasted better with out it. Oh and the thing that bugged me the most about this dish? Onion rings and foie gras DO NOT MIX.....EVER!!!! Ok, one last thing that bugged me then I'll get to what I liked..the "chips" tasted exactly like McDonald's fries...i kid you not!!
What was good was the service....fantastic service actually. The wait staff are super knowledgable, and super friendly. They almost made up for the average food. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty good food, just not what I was expecting from GR.
Our first dinner in town for a one week visit and it did not disappoint! We wanted to start off our visit with a bang and we left wondering if we would be able to find food better than this...
Atmosphere is very chic and modern. Loved the dark interior with the cool vibe. I would recommend reservations as the restuarant filled up rather quickly (it was a Thursday night). Service was superb... they were very attentive and on top of everything (my water glass was not empty once).
Now onto the food! I was there with my bf and we had:
+Foie gras and chicken liver parfait with Earl Grey tea jelly and toasted brioche to start: Good thing we ordered one for the two of us. That thing was huge!! The parfait was very rich and creamy and just melted in my mouth with that warm buttery brioche bread. Between the 2 of us, we were only able to finish half of it because it was so rich. They bring more brioche upon request.
+Roasted loin of suckling pig with whole roasted spring garlic and grain mustard sauce: Best part of this dish is the crispy skin. YUM. Pig was cooked perfectly and went well with the mustard sauce (extra mustard sauce is brought out for those who want more)
+Grilled Aberdeen Angus rib-eye chop with beef marrowbone, roasted red onion and whole roasted garlic: SO Gooooood! Ordered mine medium rare (note to all the US folk... their medium rare is like our rare in the states). It was cooked perfectly and just melted in my mouth with the marrowbone. Very rich, very delicious. The steak was HUGE too... it had to be at least a 14 oz but I finished it all.
+Side of Mashed Potatoes: mashed potatoes were very good... garlic, butter, all the good stuff.
We were so full from dinner that we couldn't even have dessert. Next trip, definitely going back to Boxwood for some more of Gordon's kick ass food.
My wife and I made a point of making reservations for Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe in Knightsbridge when we visited London. It's rather close to an underground station... we got back to our apartment in Mansion House rather quickly.
Stuart Gillies is the head chef here, and though we didn't have the famous knickerbocker glories, we did have some amazing roasted crispy pork belly with blood pudding. I had the tomahawk chop ribeye served simply with some port soaked shallot, and it was fucking amazing. They had lobster corn bisque which my wife had, and I had a salted beef pate (think american corned beef shredded nicely with some english mustard) served with lavosh. I think I see the upscale cafe pretty clearly in their menu, and it's beautifully simple. Stuart Gillies shook my hand on the way out, and they were all quite cordial during our whole time there. I didn't feel out of place here at all.
Visited Boxwood for the second time at the weekend, the first was about 2 years ago. The food was excellent, especially for the money. Did the 5 course taster menu this time and they allowed us to tweak it - changing the beef for the bream. Sure I have eaten better and more imaginative food, but not for this price. I'll be back...
This was one of the best meals of my life. So sad they closed. It was expensive and the plates weren't huge but.....it was worth every penny.
Wonderful place where everything was fantastic.
It is much easier to get a table here than Claridge's or 68 Royal Hospital Road and the reason for that is quite simply - it is no way near as good. In fact the restaurant often has special promotional offers on london-eating and toptable so people obviously aren't queuing up to eat here. Despite this, we had an enjoyable dinner here (though I can't remember what I had - therefore it wasn't very memorable) and would eat here again perhaps with a special offer. Would recommend to those who want the Gordon Ramsay experience perhaps to take friends from out of town but that can't get into the two mentioned above.
Excellent food and atmosphere! The Boxwood is perfect for a quick lunch while shopping in the Kensington area. 3 course menu was the perfect choice. Superb service.
Had very high hopes for this place as you can imagine!
We went for lunch, I had off the set menu and my partner had off the normal menu. The difference in quality was incredible! The set menu was nice but by no means anywhere near the quality and impressiveness of the standard menu so I would advise spending a little bit more and going for that.
The service wasn't fantastic, the waiter was excellent but the somilier and guy who cleared the tables etc. were a bit rude.
The setting is lovely and it was a ncie experience but I would recommend the set menu.
I really enjoyed the food but the service was somewhat lacking. Of all the places I've eaten in London, I received the worst service here. Perhaps the staff was having an "off" night. But the food was quality Ramsey-fare. 4 stars only because I wasn't impressed with the wait staff.
Came here for my last birthday. Was very excited and managed to book quite late considering it was a Friday we went. Was looking forward to tasting some of Gordan Ramsey's highlights. I had a scallop starter, a little on the small side but great presentation! Each scallop must have been cut into thirds and placed on shells with a cut of apple on top. Then I opted for the lamb and potatoes, it was surprisingly big and o so tender. My friend chose the rib eye steak and it must have been the biggest rib-eye we had both seen. We were both pleasantly surprised at the size as we were expecting a big plate with a tiny portion in the middle! We finished off with a dessert and coffee. It was a delightful evening with friendly staff! Great for an anniversary!
Excellent Food and service. Worth Every penny. Good Location, near Knightsbride and Harrods. This is as good as it gets.
I went here with a group of 4 after a hard days work and it was a great place to end up, despite delays on the train and rain on the streets. We ordered a couple bottles of wine (of which I forget, but red, crisp, overall so so) and some starters to share. The starters were rather small portions as us Americans enjoy sharing beginning courses, but they were very tasty. For the main courses I ordered the rib-eye steak. The waitress made a mistake and stated it would be the best rib eye I had ever had, and this sort of set it up for a downfall. Its not that the rib eye was not fantastic (see 15, Jamie Oliver's restaurant), its the overselling which should never be done. That being said, my colleagues had a Crispy pork skin dish, Seared Ahi Tuna, and I believe a Veal burger with stuffed froi-grois, all of which was very very tasty. I left the restaurant with friend-order-envy, of which nothing a few pints couldn't fix. That being said, it was past 11pm and there were no pints around to fix.
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