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Hall of FameAccording to one reader, Balthazar could be “the best brasserie in London for atmosphere and service". Elsewhere, abundant praise for the lively buzz and "happy, friendly staff" is proof that this London outpost of Keith McNally's upscale bistro lives up to the reputation of his NYC original. By and large, the food wins approval too, with particular mentions for the "delicious afternoon tea" and "just the best dauphinoise potatoes". Order them alongside wickedly rich duck confit or coq au vin, preceded by chicken liver parfait, steak tartare or garlicky escargots. The all-day offer also includes delectable pastries from Balthazar’s boulangerie next door, omelette Arnold Bennett for brunch, plateaux de fruits de mer from the seafood bar or eggs mimosa followed by roast hake with bouillabaisse soup on the prix fixe. "It's a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner and business meetings" concludes one ardent admirer; another simply says “sit back, enjoy the buzz and don’t worry about your wallet”.

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Balthazar

4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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Great atmosphere, so-so food

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Feb 2016

Editor's pick Balthazar could be the best brasserie in London for atmosphere and service. It's lively, buzzing, the staff are wonderful, and it serves lunch till 4pm, plus a limited menu after that for late-late lunchers. Sadly the food is so-so; on our visit the regular Wednesday special, Coq au Vin, was dried up, dull and over-cooked. Wine is expensive, with barely a bottle under £30, most are £40 - £60 and upwards. There's some house carafes at £19 for 500ml (2/3 of a bottle) if...

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Martin B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 4

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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What a pity

by   silver reviewer (27)

Aug 2015

A magnificent room beautifully decorated and buzzing with energy. Friendly attentive staff and plenty of them. We ordered the 500cl carafes of Chardonnay and Grenache on the wine list. The wine glasses were of poor quality and smelt. they were replaced with similarly poor ones that also had a stale odour. It killed the white for my date, but didn't bother me as much. A starter of dressed crab in the shell was good with a piquant marie rose sauce on the side. Escargot, equally good, a starter...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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Food, drink and details

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Aug 2015

Editor's pick The details are important when you're entertaining and they shouldn't be ignored while entertaining out of the home. I've had a few excellent experiences here, not only with service, but also the staff have been very accommodating to requests out-of-the-norm such as sending cakes to tables via phone, changing reservations and extra little requests. You may know Balthazar by name but you should really get to know it for what it is- and that's a perfectly accommodating restaurant which...

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

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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Believe the hype

by   platinum reviewer (70)

Jul 2015

I heart Balthazar. So much so, I want to scribble its name across exercise books, and practice my new signature (in the event that we marry). Granted we had an excellent meal, but it was more than that; something majestic happened when we skipped up the stairs, past the doorman and through its tarnished golden gates. The tourist hell/hen armageddon that is Covent Garden’s Piazza simply melted away, leaving in its place a spectacle with all the trappings of a London institution. It attracts a...

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

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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ok, but lacking that sense of a big London Event.

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Jun 2015

Editor's pick Got invited to this place with friends for a birthday. was ok, but having been to a few places in the last month it really was a case of hmm. . . ok. restaurants in London these days seem to be all so cost conscious that they are really being stingy with their portions and generally lacking in the wow factor. We dinned 2 weeks earlier in the Tower bridge walk ways for an posh London event thing and can't help but feel that most restaurant experiences these days don’t live up to this sort of...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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Linger longer....

by   platinum reviewer (78)

Jun 2015

Have been to Balthazar a few times now but we are always in a bit of a rush to get to curtain up somewhere in the vicinity. For once an 8pm start meant that we could afford to linger longer than usual but I don't know whether it is the buzziness of the place or just our natural tendency to rush knowing we need to be somewhere else, but we still found it difficult to dawdle over the meal here. Which is a huge shame as the surroundings, food itself and the wonderful staff deserve to be savoured....

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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Avearge at best

by   silver reviewer (27)

Mar 2015

I had high hopes after my visit the Balthazar New York. But I was so disappointed. Slow and sloppy service. I have never seen so many miserable staff, not one smile, everything was an effort. Food was average at best. Duck rillette was average nothing to shout about. We opted for the Thursday special of Veal escalope after our waitress told us it was a plate size portion. What arrived was a greasy, overcooked, burnt ,lukewarm escalope no bigger than a tea saucer with a fried egg on top. Awful!!...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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4-6 Russell Street ,London WC2B 5HZ

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A magic experience

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Dec 2014

Eating at Balthazar is always a magic experience. The food is excellent, and while it is far from cheap (where is cheap in London?) it is always done to a "T". My guest had entrecôte while I had the steak goulash. Delicious is the only word. We both followed up with Christmas Pudding (as it is the Season!) and it had some lovely contrasting tastes. The service is always impeccable (apart from the time a waiter spilled the bottle of water on me - it was his first day, poor chap)...

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

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    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.

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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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    Balthazar is a long-standing New York institution, that finally came over the Pond in February 2013. I heard rave reviews from friends and colleagues that had visited, particularly about the brunch, so it had been on my wish list for some time. Finally, I had some relatives visiting so thought it would be a nice treat for go for brunch.

    While weekend brunch is served until 4pm, you have to arrive a bit earlier on a weekday for their Le Petit Dejeuner menu, which is served until 11am. Our party of four arrived at 10am – slightly earlier than I would like for a rare weekday off, but not exactly up with the...
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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Covent Garden
  • Price: £56.00
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £61.00
  • Private Dining: 60

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