Baltic 1

74 Blackfriars Road , London, SE1 8HA

Baltic

SquareMeal Review of Baltic

Tardis-like, Baltic’s narrow frontage on noisy Blackfriars Road is a misleading introduction to what lies within. Step inside and you’ll discover an 18th-century coach-builder’s workshop that has been hollowed out and dressed in white –a barn-sized yet utterly elegant space with soaring ceilings, skylights and concrete floors. The dining room is reached through the bar, where inviting cocktails and icy vodkas may encourage you to linger. The menu roams across the Baltic and beyond, jumping borders and delivering a hotchpotch of culinary refugees from pierogi and pelmeni dumplings, spätzle and blinis with various toppings to gutsy winter-warming plates of pork shank with sauerkraut or lighter options such as red snapper in walnut and pomegranate sauce. There’s a generous list of Old World wines, jazz on Sunday evenings and a good-value set menu at £19.50.

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7.9

Food & Drink: 7.9

Service: 7.4

Atmosphere: 7.6

Value: 7.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

anne r. bronze reviewer 09 October 2017

Good, friendly service, lively atmosphere, very reasonably priced pre-theatre menu and enjoyable food! The house wine is also good and reasonably priced. I would recommend The Baltic as an excellent pre-theatre option for the Old or Young Vic.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

anne r. bronze reviewer 09 October 2017

Good, friendly service, lively atmosphere, very reasonably priced pre-theatre menu and enjoyable food! The house wine is also good and reasonably priced. I would recommend The Baltic as an excellent pre-theatre option for the Old or Young Vic.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Sue H. bronze reviewer 13 August 2015

Light and airy and uncluttered, this is a very pleasant place to eat - smart but not too formal. The pre-theatre menu was good value and the portions were very generous, the service was friendly and efficient but not hurried. The restaurant was lively but not too noisy. A popular spot.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Stephen L. 05 April 2015

Although this is hardly a new opening, I visited with family for the first time on the Saturday of Easter weekend. It was not a busy evening, but there were enough people to make some atmosphere. The service level was excellent. All the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Help was certainly needed with the huge selection of vodkas. The ones we selected were all excellent, especially the honey vodka which is served hot! Between the four of us we had a good selection of food and it was all excellent. The was a big surprise at the end when the bill arrived and it was significantly less than I expected given the quality and quantity of the food and drink we had consumed. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a fun dinner with something different from the standard European dining experience.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Neil M. platinum reviewer 25 February 2013

Baltic is a loud buzzy vibrant place and probably perfect for pretty much any occasion; from a romantic liaison to a large group (work or family). Unless you're from E.Europe the flavours and sometimes the ingredients won't be familiar. Don't worry, experiment, they all work and you won't be disappointed as the cooking is very skilful. In addition to the excellent menu is an extensive list of vodka's which is also highly recommended.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Freddy B. 04 March 2011

I recently went to Baltic on a busy Friday evening it would seem. Initially I didnt make any booking as I was under the impression that my 9.45pm arrival would be greated with a sight of a table waiting for me. Much to my dismay to find that indeed this was not the case. I was greated by a handsome young man who addressed that he would ensure that I had a table in the next couple of minutes and took my coats and showed me to the bar. I asked what he thought would be a good start for my cocktail choice at to which point i was won over by his recommendation of a Cherrie Cooler cocktail! FANTASTIC After a couple of sips my table in a quiet corner was presented to me. Again by the same man who look more like a south American stallion…presented me with a bottle of fizzy water and again a chosen recommendation which was a lovely lamb stew cooked to perfection. The staff were well organised and friendly and service was superb. I have been won over and will be back! Thank you for the start of what proved a memorable weekend. Freddy proposed to me the next day so will be back to celebrate with my new fiance…Robin xxx

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Susie S. 09 September 2010

Wow, from the outside this place looks like a small, unexciting bistro but then you walk through to the restaurant area and it's just stunning, with a beautiful glowing amber light installation. Both the cocktails and sublimely light blinis we shared at the bar were excellent. Skipped starters and went straight to main when my shoulder of lamb was the tenderest I have ever had. We just had a tiny space left for the apple pie with cinnamon ice-cream which was buttery and delicious. Service was attentive but also relaxed and friendly throughout. Really can't fault this place at all – it's well worth the reasonable (for London) prices and it'd definitely going on my favourites list.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Katarzyna K. 19 August 2010

I used to love this restaurant when it really represented “baltic” dining. The current menu is very disappointing as it is trying to have a bit of everything which means offering dishes that are more standard British or Turkish than Eastern European. If you stick to the Eastern European dishes, the food is lovely but slightly over-priced for what it is. The cocktails though make up for it somewhat as they are supurb. The number of Polish vodkas is incredible and the martinis made from them are the smoothest I tasted. Please Baltic, let me love you again and change your menu to have truly Baltic only dishes.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Adele F. 21 January 2010

By 9.30 on a Saturday, night 5 main courses were unavailable. Between us, our party ordered the unavailable dishes sequentially, such that it was 10.30 before it became crystal clear that zero of 5 of us were going to get what we ordered. By 10.55, we left, having tried only starters ,so my comments on the food pertain to only the overly sweet eel (inedible and sent back) and the dumplings (thank god there were loads of them unceremonially dumped on the plate, as we were starving). Not clear which part of the Baltic region the shish kebab dish represented, but the waiting staff represented part or parts which had clearly only recently emerged into the concept of being basically polite to customers and hence were not yet fully familiar with the concept. Value for money is rated higher than would be anticipated, since although they didn't buy us a drink for having wasted our evening and sent us racing home starving for bacon sandwiches at nearly 11pm, they did forget to charge us for our cocktails and we didn't think it fair on ourselves to remind them.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Henry J silver reviewer 17 December 2009

As a regular-ish diner here, I often start with the Siberian pelmeni; a generous plate of bite-sized veal and pork dumplings which are meaty and glistening with butter, conjuring the image of a peasant farmer in the old Soviet Bloc. On my last visit I made the mistake of ordering the crayfish and crab salad as a main course, in an attempt to try something different from the menu. It was listed under ‘Seafood’ so I presumed it was a main course, but what came was rather insignificant and left me feeling a bit cheated. Nevertheless, I enjoy going to Baltic. It’s the perfect venue for a reasonably priced midweek bite, and their mixed platter from the bar menu is quite scrumptious too if you can’t stomach a full restaurant meal. Read the full review at The Arbuturian.

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