Love food, travel and exploring the city? Bustronome is a unique dining experience that combines all three.
Bustronome is a black double-decker bus, kitted out with avant-garde luxury fittings. It takes you on a tour of the Capital while serving a gourmet menu as you discover the city’s historic sites.
The concept began in Paris but launched in London this summer, in collaboration with the popular French restaurant Gazette. We boarded at a bus stop on Embankment, sat down at our table, and prepared for a night of sightseeing and fine dining.
We sampled the six-course tasting menu – they also offer lunch with four courses, and an afternoon tea – which is inspired by classic British cuisine with a gourmet French twist.
The experience lasts 2hrs 45, which was perfect for the number of courses and didn’t feel rushed. The route takes you through Westminster, past the Houses of Parliament, the Strand, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Shard and through the streets of Kensington and Chelsea.
We were given an interactive map of London with an audio guide. You pressed the pen-style audio guide to a landmark, then place it to your ear to learn about the site.
The bus has a huge glass ceiling, allowing for panoramic views of the city. Downstairs, there’s a professional kitchen and fancy toilets (well, as fancy as bus toilets can be!).
Now, for the food…
As we arrived on the bus we were presented with a glass of champagne and a bottle of water. We were also given a choice of red or white wine to accompany each course.
The tables are fitted with clever plastic placeholders so you don’t need to worry about spilling your drink. We were incredibly impressed with how easily the waiters served out food and drinks on a moving bus, except a tiny slip at the end!
As our journey began, we were brought some canapes – Aubergine Caviar Bruschetta – which had a smoky, creamy taste.
To start, we had Mushroom Soup with Truffle Whipped Cream which was delicious with a lovely light texture and garlic flavour.
Next was the Scallops Carpaccio, Spinach Shoot Vinaigrette, Fennel and Pomegranate. The thinly sliced scallop was so tasty and complemented well by the fennel and pomegranate seeds.
We then had Lemon Sole Fish & Chips Revisited. This was my favourite course and a homage to London’s favourite meal. The fish was coated in batter and served with fat chips, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the outside.
The fish was followed by a meat course – Roast Lamb Fillet with Mint Jus, Parsnip Purée and Beurre Noisette. The lamb was perfectly pink and tasted great with the vegetables. I liked that each course was relatively small, so you had room to try everything.
Our next course was a cheese plate – Stilton with Apricots and Port Reduction Sauce. The strong stilton flavour contrasted well with the sweetness of the apricot.
Finally, dessert – Apple Confit, Hazelnut Crumble, Granny Smith Sorbet. I was quite full at this stage but it was so tasty – the pastry tart with the soft sorbet and crunchy crumble… YUM
As we returned to Embankment, we were served teas and coffees before our tour finished.
I had an amazing time on Bustronome, it was such a different and luxury way to explore London. The food was delicious and well-presented – a completely gourmet experience, the waiters were friendly, attentive and had some crazy balancing skills! The tour is a little on the expensive side but, when you think about it, a reasonable price for a fine dining six-course menu in London. I think it would be the perfect trip for an intimate date, birthday treat or another special celebration!
How much is it?
- Six courses: £105 – Menu without drink; £135 – Menu with wine pairing, including two glasses of wine; £150 – Menu with wine pairing, including four glasses of wine.
- Four courses: £65 – Menu without drink; £85 – Menu with wine pairing
- Afternoon tea: £60 – Afternoon tea without drink; £72 – Afternoon tea with Champagne
Find out more about Bustronome on their website here
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