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The Balcon

Sofitel St James Hotel, 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG

£50.00 French , British St. James's

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  • Wine: £16.50
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6.30am-11pm Sat-Sun 7am-11pm (Sun -10pm)

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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.

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  1. The Balcon

    Sofitel St James Hotel, 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG
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    Sofia B.

    Amazing place!

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  2. The Balcon

    Sofitel St James Hotel, 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG
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    Continental Diner
      Platinum Reviewer  (110)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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  1. 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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  2. Published : Friday, 9th March 2012

    Cooksister :: The Balcon with Donald Russell

    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. The company sources its grass-fed beef only in the UK and only the best producers qualify to supply Donald Russell. The welfare of the animals is paramount and this yields the most tender and flavoursome meat. Once selected by the company’s experienced buyers and butchered, the meat is then hung on the bone at their premises in Inverurie to allow the rich flavours to develop and for tenderness to develop. Other than premium beef, they also supply lamb, veal, poultry and a small range of prepared meals and desserts via their website, as well as handy guides on how best to prepare their meats. I was lucky enough to sit next to the lovely Liz Webb (the company’s marketing executive) and she told me that the company supplies a number of London restaurants, although often a restaurant will only take one particular cut – for example, they supply Relais de Venise with all their steaks. And the reason we were invited to The Balcon was because Donald Russell supply them with their rib of beef!...
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