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"Just love it!" declares a fan of Keith McNally's French bistro and he's not alone: others cheer Balthazar's "perfectly accommodating" service, and everyone loves the magnificent dining room with its "vibrant chatter". Like the original in NYC, the whole place "buzzes with energy", staff get the details just right, and the menu hits the spot with Americanised versions of French favourites. Readers have rated "ballsy" chicken liver parfait, "dreamy" saffron scallop risotto and "resolutely French" puds, while the duck shepherd's pie is "a must". Elsewhere steak-frites, coq au vin and bouillabaisse are on offer, plus eggs royale or New York pancakes for breakfast or brunch. Afternoon tea showcasing breads and pastries from Balthazar's boulangerie next door is popular, as are exemplary cocktails from head honcho Brian Silva's bar. Detractors bemoan high prices and "distinctly average" food, but the accessible set menu is worth a punt for sceptics.
Since it opened two years ago, Balthazar has become a firm favourite in Covent Garden. Its location is perfect for those visiting the Royal Opera House or the theatre and the restaurant’s dramatic flair emulates the character of the area. The décor seeks to recreate a French brasserie (mimicking its older sister in New York). As the doorman welcomes you in, you cannot fail to be impressed by the magnificent room with its double height ceiling, black and white mosaic floor and deep red leather banquettes...
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Balthazar, Covent Garden – Last week I attended a night of food and wine pairing with Jacob’s Creek range of wines; the Reserve range. Apart from the food and wine, I was interested in trying the different flavour combinations that they come up with. It is known that taste is such a personal issue, so how can one convey all of those wonderful flavour and taste sensations to the guests that they are cooking for? So, for one evening, I was wined and dined by the Jacob’s Creek ambassadors, representatives, marketing team, and the team of chefs from Balthazar. Surely, somehow it has got to impress.Well, it did...
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Having kicked off LFW in style 48 hours earlier by attending a few shows and after parties (blog post coming soon on all the action!!), I was unfortunately unable to bag myself a ticket to the Mathew Williamson show. I tried to nurse my dismay by checking out his afternoon tea pop-up at one of my fave London restaurant jaunts Balthazar.The afternoon tea with chasing rainbow option has to be your selection of choice. Named after David Bailey’s publication, the books reference to relaxed glamour are what inspired his SS15 collection incorporating the floral elements and soft colours seen on the catwalk. The...
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