Boisdale Belgravia

When I first moved to London I came across The Boisdale restaurant in Belgravia, and it instantly became a favourite – with a great wine menu, beautiful steaks, and live blues and jazz music every evening. It felt like a cosy cocoon protecting you from the loud London streets and busy city life, like a home away from home. Since then, I’ve moved house so many times and moved further out, and I’ve been introduced to new people and new places – but memories of the Boisdale had stuck. Having not been in years, curiosity got the better of me and so I went back to see if it was still how I remembered it.

The bright red walls were lit up, the carpets still tartan, live jazz still setting the mood, and tables still packed. I was back, and it felt great.

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Instead of sitting near the band like I used to do, I was seated in a heated and enclosed courtyard area, almost like a conservatory. At first it felt a little chilly in comparison to the main restaurant, and a little removed from the buzz and the music, but with a candle, some bread and the wine list I soon perked up.

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I ordered a bottle of the Malbec, which was nothing short of heaven, and then started browsing through the main menu. This took a very long time, as I kept changing my mind on what to order!

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Although I was very tempted by the selection of British tapas (who knew that existed?), I ordered the Dorset crab to start, followed by the venison, while Jonathan ordered the daily special which was teal, followed by one of the Boisdale’s famous steaks; the Aberdeenshire grass-fed dry aged 7oz tournedos fillet.

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Whilst we waited, we shared a complimentary amuse bouche of butternut arancini / risotto balls, which filled us with anticipation of what was to come!

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When our first courses arrived, the Dorset crab was full of flavour yet light, but when I tasted the teal I got major food envy; it was without a doubt one of the best dishes either of us had ever tasted!

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The teal was juicy and concentrated, with that recognisable game flavour, and came in a rich thick jus. Scumpdidillyumptious! If you decide to visit the restaurant, we highly recommend asking for the teal as it was the best dish out of all of them.

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Next came my roast wild Scottish venison with poached crab apples, beets, shallots, black cabbage and game gravy – the venison pink and tender, a beautiful sponge for the gravy, and the meat was melt-in-mouth soft.

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Jonathan’s steak came without any sides (we forgot to ask), but was a meal in itself and was so intensely concentrated, juicy and delicious (served with a peppercorn sauce), it really didn’t need anything else.

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Finally we decided to share a dessert, not that we had much room left, but the passion fruit ‘creme brulee’ was sweet, sour and tangy and left a lovely after taste, and was a great note to end on.

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We left around 9:30pm, and just as we were leaving there were more people arriving (not bad for a Wednesday night), and the jazz had stepped up and had started playing more lively music. Looking back I would probably go on a day that I can arrive at a later time, a Friday or Saturday night, as the atmosphere was even better when we were ready to leave!

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