London SW1X 7RL
Tel: 020 7235 1010
Food type: British
Food rating: 4/10
Nearest tube: Knightsbridge
Website: Boxwood Cafe
The Gordon Ramsay PR machine continues to spin at a terrifying pace. With no less than 9 restaurants and 3 pubs in London, new ones popping up all over the globe (the latest one located in Los Angeles) and projected revenue of about £100 mil by 2010 despite the ongoing credit crunch, Gordon Ramsay Holdings is certainly in rude health. Of course his commitment to numerous TV shows (Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Cookalong Live but to name a few…) chef Ramsay rarely if ever cooks at his restaurants, even his 3 Michelin Star Royal Hospital Road one. Many of my friends are huge fans of Ramsay, in no part thanks to his regular appearance on TV but I personally am of the opinion that many of his restaurants ride on the publicity tidalwave. Still, it is unfair to judge a restaurant without having first visiting it.
Boxwood cafe is located at the Berkeley hotel which also houses Marcus Wareing (formerly known as Petrus which was part of Gordon Ramsay Holdings). Head chef Stuart Gillies is best known for his appearance on Season 2 of the Great British Menu as well as Saturday Kitchen. Boxwood Cafe is supposed to capture look and feel of a smart New York eatery where kids and adults are welcomed.
You enter Boxwood cafe via a seperate entrance. The main dining area is actually located at the basement of the hotel. The dining room is spacious and the atmosphere is generally relaxed. Nevertheless, most of the diners here were your usual suits and businessmen.