Bar Boulud, the lively French-inspired bistro and wine bar at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, welcomes this 2012 Autumn season with a schedule of more of the happenings, which have made it one of London’s most popular and dynamic dining spots.
See below for autumnal events showcasing Bar Boulud’s outstanding food, drink and service at our Chef’s Supper Club Dinners, our Sommelier’s High Table Wine Tastings, a calendar of Weekly Roasts, our Fashion Week Collection and the launch of our Bridge Society lunches.
Friday Wine Evenings with Head Sommelier David Vareille
Bar Boulud hosts a calendar of relaxed Friday Wine Evenings at the restaurant’s High Table. Acclaimed Head Sommelier David Vareille shares his secrets during these informal master classes offering wine enthusiasts the chance to begin the weekend with a selection of wines served with a tasting of signature housemade charcuterie and cellar-aged seasonal cheeses in the buzz of Bar Boulud. Taking place between 5.30 and 7pm, the early evening tastings are priced at £40 per person and are inspired by the following themes:
14 September: The Other Side of Chablis
A tasting of some of the best appellations from one of the most famous wine villages in the world, including local vineyards Saint-Bris, Coulange, Irancy, Epineuil and Cotes D’Auxerre.
19 October: France vs California
Reproducing the infamous Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, this blind tasting pits new world wines from California against France’s Bordeaux and Burgundy classics.
16 November: “Dans Le Noir” blind tasting
Guests will be blindfolded to use just their sense of taste and smell to explore how the sense of sight affects the taste palate for both food and wine.
14 December: Festive
For some festive fun, Vareille subverts normal perceptions and instead serves sweet wine with a starter, pairs fish with red wines and meat with white wines, and Champagne and cheese to finish.
Supper Clubs with Executive Chef Dean Yasharian
The sleek open kitchen enables guests to catch a glimpse of the excitement of the chefs at work. Get an even closer view of Bar Boulud’s Executive Chef Dean Yasharian as he hosts monthly Supper Clubs in the restaurant’s Private Dining Rooms. During these sociable gatherings the Chef will introduce his seasonal-themed menus with wine pairings, offering foodies the opportunity to experience a personalized side of Bar Boulud, with the Chef going beyond the à la carte menu. Priced from £65 per person inclusive of matching wine, Bar Boulud’s four course Autumn Supper Clubs will showcase:
13 October: Wine Harvest
Prepared with regional French produce, the menu is inspired by the traditional festivities surrounding the annual autumn grape harvest in distinguished French wine regions and celebrates the hard work in the vineyard and the gathering of families and friends.
10 November: California
Turning the spotlight on America’s West-Coast, the Supper Club highlights Californian cuisine and wines.
8 December: French Christmas Market
A menu of seasonal produce and jovial wine inspired by traditional French Christmas markets.
Why Wait ’til Sunday for a Roast?
Already renowned for his whole roasted, salt-marsh lamb and suckling pig, Executive Chef Dean Yasharian celebrates the traditional British favourite and broadens his menu with corn-fed chicken and Aberdeen Angus Beef Tenderloin, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy his three-course roast dinners every day of the week in one of Bar Boulud’s Private Dining Rooms. Ideal for family and friends wanting to share a special occasion and enjoy the culinary delights of Bar Boulud within a more intimate and private setting, the two interconnecting Private Dining Rooms comfortably seat up to 20 diners. A weekly roast calendar will also be available in the restaurant’s main dining room. From £50 per guest for a three-course set roast menu in one of the Private Dining Rooms, minimum number of guests apply.
Bar Boulud’s Fashion Week Collection
A tribute to its glamorous location in the heart of the Knightsbridge boutiques and bringing the runways of New York, Milan and Paris to the buzzing restaurant and bar, Bar Boulud introduces a collection of catwalk-inspired cocktails for fashionistas to enjoy this season at the convivial zinc-topped bar. These include the specially created Allure, a Snow Queen vodka and Orchard Apricot drink, with a vanilla infused sugar cube set aflame as well as Bar Boulud’s famous White Cosmopolitan, with Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and an orchid frozen at the centre of its mysterious ice orb garnish. For the international fashion crowd, Bar Boulud’s New York sister, just opposite the Fashion Week Tents at Lincoln Center, is launching an à la mode fashion Prix Fix menu. Bar Boulud’s catwalk cocktail collection will be available from Friday 7 September throughout September, starting from £13.25.
Bridge in the heart of Knightsbridge: Bar Boulud’s Bridge Society launches
The Bar Boulud Bridge Society, with guru Charlie Hunter, launches on Tuesday 2 October in the restaurant’s intimate Private Dining Rooms. Bar Boulud plays host to weekly bridge lessons for card enthusiasts. Turning the spotlight on bridge, the card game preferred by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, the 3 hour weekly sessions will begin with an informal lunch before members will have a lesson to hone their skills and play a game with pre-set Hands. Bar Boulud, London is open from 12pm to 1am Monday to Saturday and from 12pm to 12am Sunday for Lunch and Dinner.