20 April 2014

Balthazar two stars

4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN

£56.00 French Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £61.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30-11am 12N-3.30pm 6.30-9.30pm

Square Meal Review of Balthazar ?

Fanfares and permanently engaged phone lines heralded the arrival of Balthazar – the hottest ticket in town and a deserved winner of the BMW Square Meal Award for best new restaurant. Based on Keith McNally’s legendary New York eatery, this ‘amazingly attractive’ big-time venue occupies the Covent Garden Theatre Museum – cue high ceilings, fantastic lighting and big mirrors, plus effortless showmanship from ‘absolutely fabulous’, hyper-attentive staff. The all-day offer runs from breakfast and brunch to afternoon tea and late-night suppers, taking in everything from onion soup, garlicky escargots or velvety lobster and black truffle risotto to Balthazar burgers, excellent duck shepherd’s pie and ‘orgasmic’ chocolate soufflé – although the odd notion of ‘Americanised’ French food exported to London inevitably means ‘safe choices and lots of garlic’. Even so, you can’t help but love the place – it’s everyone’s idea of a Parisian brasserie, yet feels like it’s been part of the London scene for years.

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  1. Balthazar

    4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN
    Overall rating:

    Extremely disappointed


    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 5

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  2. Balthazar

    4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN
    Overall rating:
    Ed B.

    'Allo 'allo


    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  3. Balthazar

    4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN
    Overall rating:
    Jean Paul G.

    Much ado about nothing?


    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  4. Balthazar

    4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN
    Overall rating:
    Steve H.

    Wonderful evening

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  5. Balthazar

    4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN
    Overall rating:
    Nicky B.

    Not quite right

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 4

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 11th March 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Balthazar

    This French restaurant is the work of an Englishman, whose original Balthazar is located in New York. As unlikely a proposition as this may be the original Balthazar basks in good opinion. The London Balthazar finds its home in what was previously a theatre, overlooking the market in Covent Garden. The newly pimped out space has a price tag of £14m for the refurb, and would not be out of place in a Francophiles wet dream. Think moody red banquettes and mirrors so large and so tilted as to raise suspicion. In this backdrop of expense and suggestion then, the categorical rejection of London’s Balthazar is all the blunter. The majority of critic opinion thus far would ward off even the most obtuse reader, except of course a food blogger committed to the cause...
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  2. Published : Monday, 10th February 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Balthazar

    When I tried to get a table a few weeks after Balthazar’s eagerly anticipated opening last year, I felt like Patrick Bateman trying to get a reservation at Dorsia. Not a chance was the response I got. Not this weekend, and not for any of the weekends in the foreseeable future. They might as well have let out that shrill laugh down the phone. Well almost a year later with the hype having cooled off, or rather people realising it really didn’t deserve half of that hype in the first place, my perseverance has paid off and I managed to land myself a table. With it’s huge premises just off the central arcade in Covent Garden it has the feel of a destination restaurant, and so it was the ideal place to take visiting family from Newcastle who wanted a taste of somewhere grand in London...
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  3. Published : Wednesday, 16th October 2013

    vialaporte :: Balthazar //Covent Garden // London

    Two steps from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the carbon copy of a New York City restaurant, Balthazar. After ten years, Keith McNally decided that diners this side of the Atlantic needed to experience his version of a Parisian brasserie. Despite all the hype that surrounded the launch, Balthazar aims to deliver simple dishes made with high products. And the result? Well, it fulfills the brief well. As you arrive you’ll be struck by the magnificence of the dining room, with its high, decorated ceiling and sumptuous chandeliers. Certainly one of very few complaints would be that the day time menu is quite limited in comparison to the evening offerings, so bear that in mind when booking. Balthazar, however, is spot on with its sourcing of its products. While most of the dishes are absolutely spot-on, the team in the kitchen are still perfecting a couple of things...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 14th August 2013


    I was most excited about Balthazar opening in Covent Garden and had been salivating over the menu as soon as it was posted online – there was so much on there I liked I figured one trip would never be enough. I booked to go with three girlfriends and was surprised to be able to reserve a table at quite short notice. Like in the States the restaurant had a very busy, lively atmosphere and we had to squeeze past packed tables to get to our seats...

  5. Published : Sunday, 2nd June 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Balthazar

    Yet another New York restaurant has arrived London recently. This time it’s Balthazar, a stylish brasserie breathing golden orange tones. It’s almost an exact replica of the New York restaurant from mirrors to pillars and it’s equally busy during peak hours...
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  6. Published : Thursday, 11th April 2013

    TwelvePointFivePercent :: Balthazar

    Balthazar, a huge brasserie occupying the site of the old Theatre Museum just off the piazza in Covent Garden, is a near-carbon copy of the original Balthazar in New York. Why it was thought that what London really needed in 2013 was its own branch of a restaurant that was very fashionable when it opened in 1997 but nowadays is, by most accounts, strictly one for 'out-of-towners' is beyond me, but so are cooking rice and why people find Ricky Gervais funny - I don't pretend to understand everything...
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  7. Published : Wednesday, 3rd April 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Balthazar

    Balthazar adds to London’s ever growing list of brasseries and is the creation of Keith McNally (I’ve never heard of him either). With its location right in the heart of Covent Garden and being an almost carbon copy of the already popular original Balthazar in New York it means getting a reservation is not the easiest of tasks. My gentleman companion and I happened to be passing at 5pm and thought we’d try our luck and were offered a table as long as we returned it within an hour and a half – result!...
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  8. Published : Monday, 4th March 2013

    The Hedonist :: Review-Balthazar

    There is no pretending-Balthazar is the hot table du jour. To get a table I had to go on repeat dial for an hour as the booking line opened and the restaurant was packed to the gills with food bloggers like moi and celebrities such as …Heston Blumenthal wearing specs that somehow made him look like Atom Ant. Now London is not short of faux French Brasseries and with Zedel, Colbert, The Wolseley and The Delaunay at the top end of the market there is definitely competition for McNally. However Covent Garden is undergoing something of a rebirth as a gastro-destination and there is nothing quite like this in the area and certainly nothing that has McNally’s transatlantic pulling power...
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  9. Published : Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Sophie Loves Food :: Balthazar Boulangerie, Russel St.

    When I first heard that Balthazar was to open in London I was excited that I'd finally be able to get my sweet tooth around one of their macarons. And that's exactly what I did today. So thank you Mr. McNally for sending your sweet treats across the Atlantic for us to enjoy, you did not disappoint! Unlike all the rumours I've heard, I didn't have to queue and was served immediately by a very helpful member of staff. Two different breads were recommended to me; a rosemary salted focaccia and a potato-onion roll...
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