If you are in Mayfair and want to avoid the over-glitzy, the over-priced and actually eat some decent food, then we have found the restaurant to add to your little black book: Le Boudin Blanc in Trebeck Street.
Set in the Sheperd Market area it is cosy inside but with lots of tables outside in the summer. We were lucky enough to eat on the terrace on the last evening of summer (3rd October).
Described by the New York Times as “a bit of Paris in Mayfair” Le Boudin Blanc serves classic French brasserie food and does it well. It did everything well with the exception of the kirs we started with, but the Maitre D was quick to resolve the lack of cassis and service throughout was attentive without being stifling.
We started with snails & a salade rustique with foie gras (both excellent) followed by Braised Lamb Shank with Dauphinoise Potatoes & Partridge with honeyed butter nut squash with a young Burgundy Sauvignon St Bris (chosen for sentimental reasons in case you are obsessed with wine-food pairing). Too full for pudding, we opted for one of their range of armagnacs to sip while we watched the world go by.
If watching the world go by is your thing, it is worth noting that the terasse of Le Boudin Blanc is just yards from the entrance to LouLou’s private members club – amongst the many leggy girls and men in suits, we spotted Keith Lemon which really added to the fun of the whole evening. Which left us with a question that has puzzled us for a while – when the average Joe never wears hats in public, why to celebs wear hats when they are trying to go incognito?
Melanie (Assoc Dir Nobull) & the long-suffering OH Matt escaped to Mayfair as part of a child-free night on the town for their nth wedding anniversary.