I had read snippets about The Boundary here and there and was excited to give it a try. I thought it was a Conran restaurant, but that’s only half true. It’s part of the Prescott & Conran group of companies which according to The Boundary website is ‘…a joint venture between Terence Conran, Vicki Conran and Peter Prescott.’ However, it’s still got the Conran name attached and is a swish place as you would expect. It’s located on Redchurch Street which is in the middle of grotty but trendy Shoreditch. Somehow, Redchurch Street has turned itself into a bit of a destination with design stores, high end clothing shops, and a variety of other random stores selling all sorts of luxury stuff you don’t really need. I wonder how all these expensive shops will fare over the long term.
Our group of five arrived somewhat lost at the reception of The Boundary (which is also a hotel) where our name was taken and we were directed to the elevator. Riding in an elevator to a restaurant in the basement could be a bit of a downer, but instead it only heightened the excitement and when the doors opened we were not disappointed.
Once seated the service was excellent and despite our many many questions, the waiter was very accommodating. I started with the Cornish Crab (GBP 12) which was excellent. Two members of our group had fresh oysters. I am no oyster fan, but I was told they were spot on. My main of Sea Bass and Shrimps (GBP 22) was stunning and I was very pleased. My friends tried the veal and the steak. Everyone was enamored with the restaurant – the service, the scenery and the food. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a destination restaurant.
As an aside, The Albion Cafe is located on the main floor of this building. It has a little deli and shop, and then a cafe. It’s absolutely rammed every single time I look in day or night so I assume it’s good. I do want to try it before I leave, but not sure if I can take the queue!
Decor: Even though it’s a basement location, it’s classy, trendy and everything you would want from this type of restaurant