Pre Theatre Dinner At The Boulevard Brasserie | Review

If you’ve ever headed to the West End for a night out, you’ll know there’s a perennial thorny issue that will face you – choosing your theatre is simple; but choosing where to eat for your pre-theatre dinner? So much harder.

Last week saw us headed to Londinium for a special personal treat; my sister lives in Kent, I live in Dorset, and we really don’t meet often enough. but once a year we DO something. We get out of the house, meet somewhere and spoil ourselves – sort of an annual sisterfest. We did it once to celebrate her 50th, and loved it so much we’ve made it an annual thing. Only this year was different – we invited the boys along too.

We had rooms booked at the Wilde Aparthotel on the Strand (totally recommended, such a fab place for a quick city breaks in the West End), we had tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong… but where to eat? We knew we wanted pre-theatre meal (personally I love a post-theatre dinner, but my sister is Ooo-o-old (*smugly waves* to big sister gleefully) and “can’t eat that late”. So, early it was; and we were very VERY happy when we were invited to try a Pre Theatre Dinner At The Boulevard Brasserie.

Literally just up the road from The Duchess Theatre, the Boulevard Brasserie couldn’t be better placed for pre-theatre dinner for The Duchess Theatre (or the Lyceum, or Theatre Royal… it’s just in the HEART of the West End Theatre-land).

It’s a three-storey restaurant, low lit, crowded and as you step inside you do genuinely feel like you just stepped into a Parisian Brasserie. Without the French conversation, obviously. The bustling atmosphere is busy but welcoming, and in true Parisian style judges you not for the shoes on your feet; you’re here for the food, and it doesn’t matter if you’re finally stopping after a full day shopping in your ‘sensible comfies’, or if you’ve just stepped out in your posh frock and heels for a night on the town. Everyone fits right in.

We opted to start with Aperitifs – Martini Cocktails are just under £10 each, and I can totally recommend the Lemon Tree; rum, chambord, mint, raspberry puree, passion fruit juice & lemon juice. Tart and fresh and so so good. Though my sister’s Gin Garden (found on the A La Carte menu – Tanqueray gin, cucumber, elderflower liqueur & tonic water) was bloody lovely too.

World? Meet my sister. She’s lovely. And a midwife, so everyone can love her even more. And a midwife in a special care high risk pregnancy unit. So she gets ALL the big love. And she totally deserves taking out and spoiling. I love her a bit (oh, her husband’s nice too…). Oh, she’s eating the salmon, which she says was ‘lush’. She’s a loquacious sort.

The Mains arrived, and were ooh-ed over happily. I always think it’s quite tricky to make Chicken Milanese look pretty – but an artfully placed poached egg managed it!

yes, yes, I forgot to arrange the knife and fork properly. But look at that Sea Bass! And oh those beans… *swoons happily*

I had the Sea Bass Fillet (£19) – with french beans, cherry tomatoes, black olives and pesto it was a light yet rich meal with lots of texture and perfectly balanced flavours which didn’t hide the fish.

Brother-in-Law’s Tiger Prawns (£19) made his eyes open wide happily, and were apparently meltingly cooked with delicious garlicky-chilli flavour.

The Chicken Milanese (£17) was good, but honestly? It simply served as a platform for the delicious truffle mayo, and the lemon & reggio cheese salad was the star for the salad-mad husband.

Joy of joys, there was Creme Brulee (£6) on the dessert menu (are you even a Brasserie if you’re not serving creme brulee?) – and it was perfectly, creamily, solidly, vanillery smooth… though for me, the lid lacked a certain crack.

Creme Brulee. NO, it’s never terribly pretty. But am not ashamed to say it’s my favourite. Frankly, if it’s on the menu, I’ll find room for dessert.

Our server (Vincent) was attentive and fun, and we simply had a wonderful meal. The bottle of Merlot (£25) was perfect (thank you to Vincent for his recommendation), and we simply had a wonderful, unhurried meal chatting and laughing and people-watching. Perfect.

We were gifted two Aperitifs, two Mains and two desserts (roughly £75), and the rest of the bill came to £113.74 for the four of us, which included that bottle of Merlot. That makes it approx £45 a head (or £38 without the wine. Though why you’d do that on a night out is beyond me).
Boulevard Brasserie Bookings can be made online here – – and I’d suggest that you DO book – we were there on a midweek night in October, and it was busy at 17:30!. If you don’t want Pre Theatre Dinner At The Boulevard Brasserie, then they take post-theatre bookings right through to 11.30pm.

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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