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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Venue Details & Map
4-6 Russell StreetLondonWC2B 5HZ
- +44 (0)20 3301 1155
- Public transport:
- Covent Garden, Underground
Although greeted and served by very friendly staff, we found the food ever so disappointing, despite hearing great things about Balthazar London.
Crammed in between very noisy small, darkly lit tables, our food came out suspiciously fast - within two minutes of ordering.
The spinach in my eggs florentine was wet, bland and a rather small portion, definitely not worth £13.50, for a bit of...more
It is a pleasure to review a restaurant like Balthazar. In a nutshell, the food is excellent and the service is impeccable.
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- Bread - I simply have to start with Balthazar's homemade bread. Every single kind of their bread is spectacular, but I'd like to single out the sun dried tomato olive buns. 5 stars all the way. (Btw, their butter is great too).
- French Onion...more
I love a poached egg, and they don't come better than at Balthazar!
The staff are very friendly and attentive, and although we were initially told it would be a 40 minute wait (we arrived at 11am on a Sunday without a booking), we were seated within 15 minutes. The food took a little while to come but when it finally arrived it was DELICIOUS. I had poached egg & avocado with a side of bacon,...more
I stumbled in here when looking for somewhere to grab a bite on my lunch break. Not realising where I actually was I ordered the French onion soup and a chicken BLT.
It took me a few minutes to realise that this wasn't your typical cafe. Bread lined the walls, the cakes on display looked ridiculously good - especially the donuts - and everyone (the staff) was speaking with a French accent! I...more
Maybe I'm just a hard sell but my steak could have been more blue and the fries were semi soggy. The latter was especially disappointing because they are supposed to be really good fries. They were even on "the best thing I ever ate" on Food Network as Bobby Flay's pick.
These were not the best thing I ever ate.
Like the New York location, it's crowded (even on a weeknight) so you...more