Came here last night for my brother's birthday & was delighted...in the end!
The restaurant entrance is tucked away in a narrow courtyard off Bishopsgate which is straight-forward to find if you read your map properly! We began with a very nice bottle of Rioja & were shown to our table ( a very comfortable four seater booth) by a very nice waitress. ( Im glad we chose the Bishopsgate branch rather than the Canary Wharf one as that one has a very noisy Jools Holland in situ apparently! Not my bag Im afraid!).
Eventually ordered as we all kept talking incessantly & I had a very nice starter of 'air dryed' ham & a poached Gressingham duck egg on a salad with a lovely mustard dressing. Then we had another bottle of red; all good so far....
Then disaster struck....!
Unfortunately I really really don't like chargrilled steak. Luckily most places I go to pan fry however if you go to Spain & elsewhere they will grill instead. Some people love it ( eg my fellow diners) I just find it can dominate the taste far too much.
Well after a short conference with the maître'd, he asked whether they could pan fry me one instead, which they did & it turned out to be sensational! It was deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked. The important point here being how well he dealt with the situation. I was happy to pay for both as it was no fault of the restaurant. Just wanted a good experience which is what we all had. So I can certainly recommend Boisdales ( providing you're not a vegan!)
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