Review: Boisdale Mayfair Now Has A Surprisingly Good Plant Burger
Boisdale, the Scottish restaurant of London, has a reputation for offering some of the finest beef, lamb and game in London.
In a bid to address the global resource constraints and respond to the growing demand from customers, the restaurant group once dubbed the “carnivore’s dream” now offers Beyond Meat plant-based burgers.
Beyond Meat burgers (starting at £14.75) are indistinguishable from the “real thing” and made with pea protein and beet juice that makes them “bleed” when cooked.
The plant burgers have no cholesterol and only five grams of saturated. In comparison, one four-ounce patty of 80% lean beef has about 80 milligrams of cholesterol and nine grams of saturated fat.
We tried the Beyond Meat burger at Boisdale Mayfair:
The Boisdale Mayfair Restaurant
The restaurant has character; a darker decor with low lighting. Elegant and eclectic. A mix of artwork, pre-Raphaelite pieces with framed vinyl covers filled the walls.
Before arriving at any restaurant I always look at the menu. The introduction online says a lot about the effort they make to showcase the place.
The website didn’t disappoint. Knowing that celebrities had visited Boisdale my expectations were raised.
Boisdale in Mayfair is one of four branches in London and it has only been open for three years.
It was not an extensive menu, which I liked; the less is more approach suits me but the food certainly has to live up to expectations.
I didn’t hold back when it came to the food – what’s a day walking in London if you can’t eat a good meal at the end of it! Our table for two was booked for 19:30 on a Monday and the restaurant was quiet.
We were greeted by Anu, a friendly waitress, who knew a fair bit about the menu and which in-house singers were the best.
Unfortunately, live music is only available Wednesday to Saturday, which the website did mention, but we still enjoyed the soft jazz playing.
The Food + Drink
For starters, we ate Crispy fried Szechuan pepper squid. There was plenty of it and it had a real fiery kick thanks to the fresh chillies.
For the Main, I had the Beyond Meat plant-based burger with Avocado and Kimchi as additions.
My sides were chunky hand-cut chips and tender broccoli with hazelnuts. The portions were of a good size. I definitely didn’t feel short-changed with the plant-based burger; in fact, it was so much like a steak I almost had to double-check they had given me the right one!
My husband had the truffle tagliatelle with shaven truffle. The truffle oil was more flavoursome than the truffle itself but the pasta was cooked to perfection.
My skirt was about to burst open by this point but we couldn’t resist trying a dessert.
We had the honey, almond and cherry parfait, which was light, sour and sweet all in one.
We squeezed in four delightful dark chocolate Venezuelan truffles, washed down with a pot of fresh mint tea. Rather indulgent for a mid-week evening meal!
The wine list was extensive and I was glad they had Chilean wine as it’s one of my favourites. I chose the Carmen Merlot 120 which had intense aromas of red fruits, a great feeling of volume in the mouth and after a few sips, left me feeling “warm”.
The Final Word
What’s a meal without good food, attentive service and some music playing to make you want to linger?
I wish all restaurants would play decent music, but what makes Boisdale special is the fact the music is live, it’s just such a shame we didn’t get to experience it!
The soft lighting made for a romantic evening. The hum of voices as the restaurant slowly filled created a lovely atmosphere. You can speak and hear each other but you can’t hear what others are saying. A level of privacy and intimacy without feeling alone.
All in all a good experience and a place I’ll definitely be revisiting.
Boisdale | 12 North Row | Mayfair | London | W1K 7DF