Bar Boulod can be found in the basement of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, directly underneath Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner which for reference, does not allow children under the age of 8. Bar Boloud on the other hand, does. It is not fancy in the same way that Dinner is fancy but it is still pretty swish, it’s New York counterpart even has a Michelin star.
It appears to be the epicentre of business lunches so when we arrived and Max was firstly, very warmly greeted then presented with crayons and a menu that could be coloured in, I couldn’t quite believe our luck. Then they sat us in a booth. The holy grail of person with a 14 month old seating arrangements. They’d also already positioned a highchair at our table which is possibly the first time that has ever happened. They were anticipating our arrival. Nice touch. The restaurant itself is perhaps a little dated now in terms of decor. It reminds me of a very nice hotel from 1995 but the service and the food are excellent.
The food is decent french bistro and they make their own charcuterie on site, with everything we consumed being thoroughly enjoyable. I literally cannot think of another restaurant that not only has a soufflé du jour as well as crayons and a colouring in menu.
What’s good? The soufflé obvs. The charcuterie. The croquettes. How easy it was.
Kid friendly? Bien sûr!
✓baby change facilities – it appears to be made of gold. Not kidding.
✓cool with breastfeeding
✗loads of other parents
✓space for buggies
✓toys/play area – I’m counting the crayons