The Boulevard has relaunched in the centre of London and is easily one of the funkiest and most attractive small theatres in the capital if not the country. Launched by director of Soho Estates Fawn James alongside artistic director Rachel Edwards, Boulevard is accessed by a two-floor glass bridge across Walker’s Court. Once across, you’ll find a helical staircase leading up to the theatre as well as a restaurant and bar where we happily whiled away an afternoon.
The restaurant is an art deco work of art, its walls boldly painted in powder pink with elegant wooden moulding standing out underneath. There’s a long bar in the entry way that wraps around into the main dining room area smart white marble tables with brass borders are hemmed in by midnight blue banquettes and funky wooden chairs. We settled in with a bottle of Chapel Down sparkling bacchus and apprised ourselves of the menu, assembled with fresh, local ingredients by head chef Greg Hillier.
What ensued was a masterwork of seasonal, mostly vegetarian dishes. A starter of roast kohlrabi and celeriac was lashed with bracingly saline salsa verde and toasty hazelnut crumbs. A rutabaga fondant with pomegranate molasses, bay cream and pickled onions was as indulgent as it reads. Mains of curried cauliflower with black dhal, lime, coconut and crispy shallots as well as salmon with chilli kale, beetroot and pink fir potatoes were filling yet nourishing. We wrapped up the evening with a chocolate and olive oil cake with whisky custard and vanilla ice cream.