3 reviews of Boisdale Scottish Restaurant
The prices here are out of date. Expect to pay at least £60 a head. Excellent food and atmosphere, just be prepared to pay for it. Cigar list is impressive too.
Boisdale is, without doubt, the best place to go in London to eat steak. The selection of wines to go with the meal is long and varied and the waiters are always helpful if you are not an expert. The place has an end of empire feel, with a great jazz bar, but it is certainly not the Indian restaurant that this site claims that it is. I believe that they have a City branch as well. A great place for the expense account.
Boisdale was established in 1989. The atmosphere is End of Empire with a well-worn, clubable, feel. Dark green and lacquer red panelling; dark old oak floors; an eclectic ensemble of paintings; jazz and blues from the 1920s, '30s and '40s. The clientele includes local residents and businessmen, City folk, corporate moguls, politicians, adventurers, actors, affable hedonists and friends of the proprietor.
The Boisdale Restaurant has thirty two covers, laid with crisp white linen and delicate flower arrangements, and is candle lit by evening.
The much admired Courtyard Garden has a further 14 covers and is planted with heady-scented seasonal blooms. It has a retractable roof for alfresco dining in summer and starlit dinners in winter.
The Back Bar, situated in the mews cottage behind the restaurant, overlooks the Courtyard Garden. Opened to much acclaim in the summer of 1996, the Back Bar is a cosy and welcoming refuge from the bustle of Belgravia. It boasts a phenomenal selection of 150 malt whiskies and a cabinet selection of more than 100 varieties of the finest hand-made Havana cigars.
The Macdonald Bar at Boisdale opened in June 1999 and is home to The Boisdale Jazz & Cigar Club. The 7 metre zinc bar features an amazing list of over 100 classic cocktails and, in addition to all the other good things which Boisdale can offer, The Macdonald Bar has a late licence until 1.00am with The Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band playing live jazz from the '20s, '30s and '40s (Sunday licence until 10.30pm and no live jazz).
After 10.00pm, an optional jazz charge of £2.50 is payable by non-Members who are already on the premises, whilst an admission charge of £10.00 is payable by non-Members arriving after 10.00pm. Membership of The Boisdale Jazz & Cigar Club is by election. The Annual subscription is £195.00 and entitles Members to numerous benefits.
A Brunch Menu is served in The Macdonald Bar from 12.00 noon until 5.00pm on Sundays.
The Patron, Ranald Macdonald Younger of Clanranald, is the elder son of the 24th Chief of Clanranald. The menu is a blend of traditional and modern British cooking, with ingredients sourced directly from Scotland, including haggis, salmon, game (Boisdale donates £1.00 from every game dish sold to the Countryside Alliance), lobster, hand-dived scallops and cheese. Where possible, vegetables are from organic suppliers.
Boisdale's Head Chef, Lenny Walcott, offers two set restaurant menus - at £12.90 and £17.45 for two courses together with an a la carte menu of house specialities. Lighter luncheon and supper menus are available in The Back Bar and The Macdonald Bar.
The wine list features over 200 wines, each one individually tasted, selected and appreciated by Ranald and his staff. Boisdale ships directly from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Rhone, the Loire and Southern France and has an extensive selection of wines from the new world. House wines start at £15.00 per bottle and the list attains its zenith with Chateau Petrus 1985 at £525 per bottle.