Balthazar London | Covent Garden Restaurant
Last Updated: 13th May 2019
There are, unfortunately, many things London will never do as well as New York.
Like bagels, late-night drinking, and tipping.
So it’s always interesting when the city gets its own reprise of an Manhattan institution – like, for example, Balthazar London: our very own version of the near-mythical NYC original.
Turns out, it’s a carbon copy.
As in, it’s literally the same place: the same dark wood and red leather banquettes; the bustling staff in white aprons; the huge mirrors; those distinctive, lit-up, rectangular, marble-clad pillars, and even the same cream-coloured ceiling. The layout’s also exactly the same, though the London restaurant’s marginally bigger and showcases its Fruits de Mer on ice next to the bar.
The large menu covers everything from breakfast and brunch (scrambled eggs and Cornish crab on toast; NYC pancakes) through to the famous Balthazar Cheeseburger, the moules frites and the shareable Beef Wellington for dinner, with continental breakfasts, lunch and afternoon tea in between. And happily, you can swing by any time you get a sudden, unexpected craving for chocolate fondant with marmalade ice cream; or apple tarte tatin with hot caramel sauce.
From 11am, the smartly turned-out bartenders will be ready to put together a distinguished classic cocktail for you, from corpse revivers and Vesper martinis to the Screaming Viking, which is made exactly as it sounds: with tequila and Swedish punsch. And from 10pm every night, they honour their origins across the pond with a happy hour menu of ten £10 Manhattans…
…Which, luckily, it turns out London can make just as well.
NOTE: Balthazar London is open daily for all day service, from 7.30am weekdays and 9am weekends. To reserve a table, or find out more, click HERE.
Balthazar London | 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ
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