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
Comes close to their NY restaurant, offers a good vibe to eat in, fairly loud but not too loud you have to shout. People eat there late so the room is well filled. Food was good, had the raw seafood tower and the steak. Only slight negative was the service which was good and friendly but seemed they could have had a couple less tables to cover to provide a quciker response. All in all, this...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
Main reason for the mediocre review is I felt really rushed though my meal. I can appreciate wanting to ensure I made my show time (reservation at 6pm, show at 7:30), but still I had an appetizer and my main in front of me by 6:20pm... and that was after leisurely looking through the menu! Also, the restaurant itself gave a very cramped feeling. So much so the couple next to me and I commented...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
grilled langoustines (yabbies) with green tomato salsa, chives and aromatic oil served with Jacob's Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013 - a very light white wine that makes it a great companion to shellfish and white meat seafood - I think I just came up with the term, white meat seafood. I am thinking sea bream, bass, monkfish and halibut. Probably mackarel and tuna would be too...more