Where: Boulevard Brasserie, Covent Garden
What: Traditional French Bistro
Ambiance: We were seated in the downstairs dining room at a nice corner table. The setting was relaxed, low lighting and dark wood furniture – classic with no fuss or kitsch antiques. The staff were smart, attentive and polite without being overbearing and with a friendly sense of humour.
Drinks: After a rather boozy Easter break we were both being good so we simply had the glass of prossecco that came with the set menu deal – it was supposed to be a Kir Royale but I hate cassis flavour so I opted for without. The wine menu was perused out of interest and I can confidently say it was extensive and impressive.
Starter: Smoked salmon with lentils and a hard-boiled egg – did what it said on the tin the salmon was a decent portion and had a lovely distinct flavour and texture without being slimy. The lentils were okay but nothing exceptional. Just lacking a blob or two of dill yogurt but black pepper served by the waiter added a nice contrast to the richness of the salmon and egg combination.
Main: Seabass with Green Beans, Olives, Tomatoes and Basil Pesto – the fish was grilled to perfection crispy salty skins with soft fish underneath that just fell apart at the merest touch. The green beans retained a slight crunch and were complimented beautifully by the slightly tart and vinegary olives and pesto.
Dessert: Creme Brulee – well, being a French restaurant it would be rude not to – the top emitted a satisfying crack and underneath was the smooth room temperature custard – sublime.
Cost: Booktable £22 for three courses + a champagne cocktail + service = under £30
Overall an extremely pleasurable early dinner and a restaurant I will certainly visit again and one which is perfectly placed for any pre-theatre / opera dining plans.
Rating: 8 out 10