Foodies take note – London is getting another great chef among its midst. The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has just announced that famous Lyon-born chef Daniel Boulud is opening Bar Boulud in the hotel in Spring 2010.
Bar Boulud will be designed as a French bistro and wine bar, and will follow the format of Bar Boulud in New York, one of Chef Boulud’s most successful enterprises.
Daniel Boulud’s culinary roots can be traced back to his family farm near Lyon, France where he developed a love of home cooking using fresh seasonal produce. While it is in New York City that Boulud has mastered the culinary scene, he was first trained in France by legendary chefs Roger Vergé, Georges Blanc and Michel Guérard.
Located at street level with its own entrance directly onto Knightsbridge, the Adam D. Tihany designed restaurant, will seat 165.
Tihany conceived the restaurant interior with contemporary references to French wine making culture. The bar lounge features architectural, vaulted ceilings paired with classic materials such as wood, leather, cork, and zinc.
Wine barrels were the inspiration behind the vintage oak floors and wainscoting, and deep red leather banquettes and chairs conjure the warm depths of a delectable Burgundy.
“With a partner like Mandarin Oriental, the prospect of coming to London was irresistible. I have been visiting family in London for decades and often thought about what kind of place I would open there,” said Boulud.
Earlier this month, Boulud was honored with Three Michelin Stars for his New York-based restaurant, Daniel.
Bar Boulud, London will open from 11.00am to 2.00am daily.
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