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What was Brasserie Roux has been given an opulent facelift & re-emerged as The Balcon – an all-day venue in the grand Gallic style. Modelled on Coco Chanel’s Parisian apartment, the opulent
double-height space is now awash with period detailing, from huge arched windows & grand columns to a pair of spiral staircases leading up to a Champagne gallery – complete with an ‘angel’ to
pour your chosen fizz. Down below, there’s a dedicated Anglo-French charcuterie bar, while the menu is full of Gallic nuances (underpinned by a trolley-load of British produce): a tartine of veal
tongue comes with Montgomery Cheddar & Bramley apple chutney, while Herefordshire snails sit alongside parsnip purée, Mas air-dried ham & croûtons. Otherwise, expect anything from a brioche
‘toad-in-the-hole’ with lyonnaise pistachio sausage to a beef & foie-gras ‘cottage pie’ with chanterelles. Around 20 wines are offered by the glass or carafe.
My mum, older sister and I were meeting up for lunch and, as we'd all been splurging a little, we wanted to go for a healthy one. As ever I was the family concierge (!) given the task of finding the perfect venue for our dining needs. A quick google of 'low calorie restaurants, London' led me to find The Balcon located at The Sofitel Hotel St James. The restaurant is modelled on Coco Chanel's Parisian apartment and is perfect for fashionista in search of a low calorie lunch. The focal point of the restaurant is the spiral staircase leading up to the champagne gallery but I also loved the high ceilings, hanging...
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We had not booked but as it is quite quiet it was not an issue and we were seated next to the window overlooking Pall Mall and St James Park. Bear in mind when you picture this place in your head; it is a French restaurant in a French hotel with French waiters, who are relaxed in ‘their’ environment. They are impeccable polite and gracious but I really do think you see the best standard of them if you are French (which our friends were) In that case they are chatty, friendly and funny instead of professional and aloof as the English can easily take them...
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Donald Russell takes its name from its co-founders Scottish farmer William Donald and master butcher John Stone’s company Russell Meats. Donald Russell opened its business supplying gourmet meats to trade customers and high-end restaurants and hotels in 1974. Owing to the crisis into which BSE plunged the beef industry, and a rapidly changing market, the company launched Donald Russell Direct and the company has established itslef as the first name for delivering premium meats by mail order. They received their Royal Warrant to supply meat and poultry to HM the Queen 25 years ago and still proudly hold this status....
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