Restaurant Review – Boyds Brasserie, London

As befits a restaurant located discreetly near the grandeur of Trafalgar Square, Boyds Brasserie knocks your socks off as you push through the big doors at 8 Northumberland Avenue. As you step off the leafy street you are transported to a magnificent marble entrance hall and restaurant with lofty ceilings and glistening chandeliers causing a rosy glow to reflect off the marble.
Boyds 1 3Friendly staff wasted no time in making sure we were looked after and kept up their attentiveness throughout the meal. Waiters in some restaurants can be overbearing but the staff at Boyds Brasserie were the right side of helpful and didn’t cross the line into hovering territory.

Boyds Brasserie serves traditional English food, but in a departure that prevents it from being a generic beautiful British food venue, it has created a menu with a twist. For starters you can tuck into British tapas. Forget the dishes you get at La Tasca – here you can order delights such as a gnocchi and wild mushroom tapas (my favourite), welsh rarebit and goats cheese, peas and broadbeans, among many others. (It’s worth bearing in mind that if you just want to have a cocktails and nibbles night out with friends, these tapas dishes are perfect for that and the Boyds Brasserie bar area has some really cosy seating.)The mains were equally fantastic – Boyds Brasserie cooked everything to perfection. I enjoyed a leek and Sussex charmer quiche while my other half devoured the roast chicken. My one criticism of the food would be that the main  dishes don’t really come with a significant portion of much else meaning you have to get the extra vegetables and carbs as side dishes – very delicious side dishes nonetheless (although I would avoid the broccoli with chili and garlic, it didn’t quite work).
Boyds 2The desserts carried on the good work of previous courses and were incredibly delicious. I had the chocolate tart, which was just the right combination of warm and crumbly. The other half assured me the cheese selection was also top notch, and we all know that you can tell a lot about a restaurant from the quality of its cheese board.

If you are looking to treat yourself to an elegant meal out in a beautiful but unstuffy location, or you are perhaps looking for a pre-theatre treat, then do take a trip down to Trafalgar square and try out Boyds Brasserie, it is highly recommended.

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