Published on July 22nd, 2015 | by Gavin0
Blue Boar, Westminster
Summary: There's no wonder that this is the favoured hangout of MPs, Civil Servants, and Scotland Yard
You may have seen my rave review of the luxury Conrad St. James hotel and after a relaxing afternoon in my room, I decided to go for dinner in the Blue Boar, the hotel’s onsite restaurant and bar. If it’s anything like my stay so far then I’m in for a treat.
The Westminster location makes the Conrad St James a prime after work hangout for MPs, Senior Civil Servants, and police officers located in New Scotland Yard just next door. So when I take my seat at 7pm on a Saturday, it’s no surprise that the place is not as packed as it could be Monday through Friday. The restaurant is modern yet classical in a similar vein to the hotel. Standout features include black booths, contemporary lampshades, and artwork featuring the likes of John Major and Tony Blair no less; it’s minimalistic but works for the setting.
The concise menu is not so edgy, offering the best of British and on the drinks side; they’ve shunned the cocktails in favour of a much more traditional extensive wine menu. To begin I order the confit quail breast (£9) which comes beautifully presented on a bed of vegetables and Asian dressing. Unlike the brasserie style confit, the Blue Boar offering is light and not overly greasy, but could have been tenderer.
My guest chooses the 12 hour brined salmon (£9) which has been smoked for 6 hours yet retains a subtle flavour. Not only has it been smoked, but has been cured in treacle to give it a sweet edge that works exceptionally well. Although it’s a starter, it could equally be ordered as a light lunch.
The not so light option is the 400g veal T-bone steak (£35). It was a toss-up between that and the porterhouse but veal is a bit of a rarity nowadays on steak menus and after taking a bite, I can’t figure out why? Although the flavours aren’t as bold, it still has plenty to offer in terms of texture. At this point, our waiter realises my glass of red is near empty and tops me up without prompting, which is typical of the service, efficient without intrusion.
Unexpectedly though, the best dish of the evening is the mushroom wellington (£16), a vegetarian twist on the beef variety. The pastry is light, crispy and comes loaded with mushrooms, much to the delight of my fungi loving guest. Though it’s the vegetarian option, even red blooded meat eaters should consider it if the steak options don’t take your fancy.
If you still have room, you can’t go wrong with the sticky toffee pudding (£7); a wonderful end to a wonderful meal. I’m thoroughly satisfied and somewhat sleepy by this point, thank goodness that I don’t have far to travel to get a great night’s sleep.
Blue Boar, 45 Tothill St, SW1H 9LQShare This Post