The Fall & Rise of Boulestin
Xavier Marcel Boulestin was the French author and pioneering celebrity chef once referred to as “the most subtle, imaginative and liberating food writer of his day”.
He was also the legend behind Boulestin, the celebrated Covent Garden restaurant that opened in 1927 and stayed strong for over 70 years before closing (to much uproar) back in 1994.
This year however, “the greatest restaurant in London” (The New Yorker, 1932) is being brought back to life by Joel Kissin, experienced restaurateur and former business partner of a certain Sir Terence Conran. Due to open this September on the former site of St. James’ L’Oranger, the next generation Boulestin will feature a luxury 60-cover bistro, a private dining room and Café Marcel – a casual dining space for those after something a little lighter.
So, what can we expect from the venture? “I’m not trying to copy the original,” says Kissin. “But its history presents a rich tapestry that has influenced me both in terms of the design and the food.” Although the menu is currently being kept tightly under wraps, it is said to be inspired by the works and philosophy of X.M.Boulestin himself, meaning we can certainly look forward to top-notch classic French food. Parfait!