The original Balthazar opened in downtown New York's Spring Street in 1997. Balthazar London is situated in the heart of Covent Garden, just across from the Royal Opera House. Housed in the old Theatre Museum, Balthazar shares The Flower Cellars building with The London Film Museum. (The permanent flower market was originally built for the Covent Garden flower sellers in 1870 and this space was used for storage.)
Founder Keith McNally has endeavoured to remain as true to the New York original as possible, where bistro food, good wine and friendly service are the order of the day. Balthazar London has the egalitarian appeal of the brasserie – something for everyone all day long: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as weekend brunch.
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4-6 Russell StreetLondonWC2B 5HZ
- Public transport:
- Covent Garden, Underground
I have finally tried Balthazar after lusting after them for some time now. I came late night with no reservations and they where able to squeeze a party of 2 in with only a 20 min wait. The Porn Star cocktail was beautiful. I was not starving so I didn't go for a heavy plate. I ordered the Moules Frites. I feel like I can't give it 5 stars as mussels are pretty easy to make and a place that...more
I went here for breakfast - I had the avocado and poached eggs on sourdough with a side of bacon which was delicious. The eggs were just right and the bacon super crispy. Great coffee too and the setting is divine. It's on the pricey side but worth it for a bit of a treatmore
Another solid London brunch destination. It's a French brasserie, reminding me a lot of Colbert on Sloane Square and some of my favorite brunch places in the US (Parc in Philadelphia and Left Bank in San Jose, CA). The location could not be better (it is right off the Covent Garden Piazza), and the venue is grand and beautiful, with enormously high ceilings and loud jazz music playing...more
Balthazar is a french brasserie set in the heart of Covent Garden. Lovely atmosphere and decor - great to take a date or your visiting guests from abroad. The food is of a high standard - the duck confit was as good as we have sampled in France. The afternoon tea was good value at £25 compared to the high end hotels such as the Ritz or Claridges; scones were delightful and the patisseries...more
You know, I expected it to be better, much better.
I've been to the one in NYC and it is an institution so was looking forward to trying the London version of this cosmopolitan French styled bistro. It looks very much like the one in downtown New York, but much bigger and along with that it loses some of its intimacy. What was imported across the pond was a good helping of New York type...more