Mandarin Oriental Boston Will Welcome Bar Boulud Next Year
Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Boston is about to assume its final resting position. (Thatís a yoga joke, guys.) The New American restaurant will soon be replaced by the third location of Bar Boulud, renowned French chef and restaurateur Daniel Bouludís casual bistro and wine bar. Renovations to its ground floor space in the 14-story hotel will begin in June, and the new eatery is expected to open in Fall 2014.
His partnership with the five-diamond Mandarin marks Bouludís first venture into Boston. Time will tell what culinary surprises are in store for the spot, though an announcement promises the type of French bistro fare and seasonal charcuterie similar youíd find at Bar Bouludís existing locations in New York City and London.
It "will be filled with energy, a great range of wine selections and soulful bistro cooking to create a vibrant eating and drinking destination,Ē states Boulud. The Boston restaurant will be overseen by Aaron Chambers, most recently chef de cuisine at the Mediterranean-focused Boulud Sud.
Word of Bouludís arrival comes not long after another Boston hotel lost its anchor restaurant helmed by another international chef; in December Bostonís W Hotel shuttered Market, the cityís only outpost of star toque Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But the blue blood Brahmins that populate the Back Bay neighborhood should take pretty kindly to French cuisine, so fingers crossed that Boulud has a long-term stay ahead of him.
[Photo: Mandarin Oriental Boston]