June 30, 2017
Boisdale of Bishopgate restaurant London
Welcome to the Boisdale of Bishopgate, the fanciest restaurant I have ever dined in London!
As I was wistfully scrolling through my May photo albums, reminiscing about my trip to London, I stumbled across these pictures of a marvelous night spent in the majestic Boisdale of Bishopgate, that I had completely forgotten to post about. It’s not that dining at Boisdale of Bishopgate is something that someone can easily forget, but with the Ph.D. busy schedule of work I have fallen a bit behind with travelling and blogging. So I hope you excuse me for this-better late than never don’t they say?
Where: Boisdale of Bishopgate, Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopgate, EC2M 4NR, London
When: May 2017
On a warm Friday night, Steven, my friend Terpsi and I met at the heart of London near Liverpool Street, where all the cool gentlemen and ladies gather for a drink or two after work, while still wearing their beautifully tailored suits. Even though our hotel was a fair walk away we decided to skip the tube and reach our destination by feet as it was such a beautiful night to miss out.
Dinner in London is not anymore just about ordering three courses, it’s way more than this It is about a unique experience of flavours that comprises of a starter that comes in a fine dinning presentation, a main course that is delicious, dessert, mind-blowing selection of cheese and wine, of course! And all this in the most romantic restaurant with live jazz music!
Boisdale of Bishopgate restaurant is on the lower floor of the bar, decorated in the warm Boisdale livery pf dark reds, greens with a distinct tartan presence we felt like we were back in Scotland. Only that we weren’t!
We were sat in a candlelit table just under a fantastic wall art displaying famous people of the 60’s and 70’s era. Our waitress, a lovely English girl wearing a kilt presented us with the menu and very happily explained to us any of our questions.
Our table was lined with beautiful silver cutlery and the atmosphere of the whole restaurant with the red walls and arched doors made us feel like we transferred ourselves in the 15th century!
Starter was a no brainer. I got the Scottish oak smoked salmon and Steven got the cripsy pepper and chili calamari. The salmon was fresh and foraged from the Scottish Highlands-who knew that I would come in London to get a taste of Scotland! It was delicious and the slices of pink grapefruit felt refreshing. Steven’s calamari was delicious-even though spicy at times-and I got food jealous as soon as I tried it. Wouldn’t mind a second portion of this!
Not only it was crunchy but it was also accompanied by the best home made mayo sauce. Look at this!
After devouring our starters are appetite only grew bigger so it was the perfect time to have our main courses that were, quite honestly, exquisite!
Steven ordered an Aberdeenshire steak (you can get the boy out of Aberdeen but not Aberdeen out of the boy!), which came perfectly done and as he had requested. The chunk of meat was of the finest and he very much enjoyed it!
Even the fries came in big chunks as they were hand cut. He loved dipping them into the mushroom sauce he ordered separately.
My friend Terpsi and I ordered the same dish, which was such a hit! Char-grilled lemon sole on the bone that came on a tower of green vegetables and topped of with a wonderful lemon sauce. The portion was really good in size however the dish was SO TASTY we both agreed that we could order another one and share it in between us.
Thankfully though we didn’t. Because what was about to follow blew our minds away!
Anyone fancy some dessert said our waitress while presenting us with the most eye-catching cheese trolley displaying a wonderful selection of British artisan farmhouse cheeses. She took her time and explained each and all of them clock-wise telling us which ones we should definitely try and why! Even though at that point we were bursting, we couldn’t possibly say no?!
And so she started carefully cutting fine slices and pieces of hard and soft cheeses, that she nicely placed on our table before she disappeared only to come back with the most expensive and tasty cherry we ever tried in our lives- Quinta Do Noval ‘Silval’ Vintage 2005 that at a price of £14.50 for a 100ml glass we all agreed it was totally worth it!
So many wonderful, delicious cheeses in different colours, flavours, smells and shapes. I don’t think I have ever tried so much cheese in my life!
We were massively impressed not only with the vast selection on offer but also with our knowledgeable waitress who knew every single detail and in depth. And all these names, how could she remember all these names, I cannot!
After a few bites of the different pieces in front of me, I couldn’t anymore so I gave up, sat back and enjoyed the company under some warm, jazz notes. The pianist was so passionate about jazz music and I loved seeing him being happy entertaining us. While Steven and Terpsi were munching on crackers with cheese and onion chutney, I got a spoonful of our dessert- warm lemon thyme and olive oil sponge pudding that came with a few figs.
How much more happy can someone get from food? Because at that very time I felt I had it all!
Thank you Boisdale of Bishopgate for having us and for providing us with such a unique and totally unforgettable experience!
Oh London….why are you so far away?