It’s not often new theatres are built – especially in the heart of Soho – so it’s exciting to see The Boulevard fling open its theatrical doors. It’s an impressive setup which can boast Europe’s most advanced revolving theatre. We see a two man play, The Sunset Limited, which doesn’t make use of this technical wizardry yet still keeps ups captivated for the full 95 minutes.
It’s not just a theatre though, there’s a bar and restaurant too. All pretty-in-pink with an Art Deco vibe this is you’re best option for a pre-theatre bite. The menu is large and features plant-based dishes unless noted otherwise; (m) for meat, (f) for fish and so on. Very novel.
I start with twice baked Comte soufflé (£8.50) which instantly takes me back to Lakeland’s café in Cumbria sharing a cheese soufflé with my Mum. Now that’s my happy place. Here, it’s light and fluffy balanced with a suitably sweet onion marmalade. I’d go back for this alone.
From the grill, a 70 day-aged beef rump from the Lake District (£27) is an unusual square shape. The cooking is spot-on and the accompanying chips, triple cooked no doubt, have crisped up in the way only a roast potato knows how. Glorious stuff.
For pud, chocolate and olive oil cake (£7.50) comes with a whiskey custard AND vanilla ice cream for added indulgence. The cake is super rich – perfect for sharing.
The food at Boulevard isn’t revolutionary or wildly daring. It keeps things simple and cooks without fuss or fanfare. Even better, there’s a theatre stumbling distance from your table. Theatres, especially new ones, need our support, and this one thoroughly deserves to do well.
Would we go back? Yes
We dined as guests of the restaurant