Chef Daniel Boulud to open first uk restaurant

Published November 9th, 2009 - 01:30 GMT

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London <http://www.mandarinoriental.com/london> will introduce the award-winning
cuisine of Lyon-born chef Daniel Boulud to the UK when Bar Boulud opens in the
hotel in Spring 2010. Designed as a French inspired bistro and wine bar, Bar
Boulud, London will follow the successful format of Bar Boulud in New York which
has achieved significant acclaim.

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. He moved to the US in 1982 where he first rose to fame as Executive
Chef at the legendary Le Cirque.  Boulud opened his own restaurant, Daniel, in
New York in 1993, followed by Café Boulud, Bar Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne and,
most recently, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, on the Bowery.

Bar Boulud, London will bring into play French techniques applied to the finest
ingredients. A full bistro menu will include signature terrines and pâtés made
on site under the direction of  Gilles Verot, one of France's most highly
acclaimed charcutiers. With a focus on Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, an
impressive selection of wines, by the glass and by the bottle, will feature old
world wines as well as new world selections made in the Rhône or Burgundy
spirit.

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.
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A unique bar topped in zinc with a cork panel coating will dominate the front of
the restaurant.  A sleek open kitchen will be a focal point of the main dining
space. As with its sister restaurant in New York City, guests may choose to dine
at the charcuterie bar, featuring an impressive glass counter, displaying the
restaurant's signature terrines as well as a selection of cheeses.

"Daniel Boulud is an outstanding chef, known for offering a fresh take on French
classics. He produces exceptionally cool restaurants serving sensational food at
great prices. Boulud is one of those rare chefs who is every bit as attentive to
ambiance, comfort and value as he is to the quality of his cooking. Bar Boulud
will introduce an exciting new concept to the London dining scene," commented
David Nicholls, Corporate Director of Food Beverage for Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Group.

"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. "As a French
Chef who has made New York City my home for over 25 years, I have my own cross
cultural approach. Bar Boulud was first conceived for New York City. This new
restaurant will have New York's energy and spirit, a little French soul and
tradition - and - a touch of London style."

Earlier this month, Boulud was honoured 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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