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|Address:||4-6 Russell Street, London WC2E 7BN|
|Tel:||020 3301 1155|
|Price: £56.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £61.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Sat 9am- ) Sun 9am-11pm|
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It's not bad overall, and on it's own I'd probably review it more favourably. But conceptually it's so similar to both The Wolseley and The Delaunay that comparisons are unavoidable – and here Balthazar founders. The room isn't as spacious or nicely appointed, the service aims for discreet and attentive but achieves neither, and while the food is probably comparable, it just doesn't feel as special somehow. I always find the welcome at The Delaunay and Wolseley very friendly no matter how busy they are, yet here you do get the sense from the staff that you're lucky to have a reservation at Balthazar – there's a hint of arrogance right across the dining experience. I'm glad I've been, but in no rush to go back. It's a lot of hype, and probably best enjoyed in a New York setting.