Balthazar is a classic example of an American-style brasserie. The restaurant is native to New York, where it has built a very high reputation. Its opening in the UK has been anticipated for long time and the restaurant has taken London by storm. Booking ahead is always advisory.
The restaurant is a quite close replica of the of the New York’s Balthazar in terms of the style of décor. You will find giant antiqued mirrored walls, red leather banquettes, red awnings, and mosaic floors. It is situated in picturesque Covent Garden, right by the Royal Opera House and the Flower Market.
The menu draws heavy on a classic brasserie dishes, however it is tweaked a bit for the local audience. You will find such entries as duck shepherd’s pie and pork belly served with black pudding hash gives you a taste of Britain.
Other lovely dishes on the menu include a starter salad that is made roasted butternut squash and finely chopped raw kale that has been doused in creamy spry dressing. It is then served loads of toasted Marcona almonds and some sweet, sharp dried cranberries. The other is a tender lobster meat that is served in a sybaritic risotto, blowsy with generous black truffle and truffle butter finishing.
If you would like to come here for some French treats, there is a wide choice in the main courses. Popular French cuisine includes a mouthwatering, glossy oxtail bourguignon, served with fresh pappardelle. The beef is slow-cooked together with caramelized onions and smoky lardons.
Another superbly prepared French inspired dish is the double, juicy lamb chop dish that is enhanced Merguez sausages, carrots and cassoulet-ish mix sweet flageolet beans.
It is important to note that Balthazar is not only a great choice for an evening meal, but, being open from 7.30 am, is a tempting breakfast option too. What’s more, a Balthazar Boulangerie is located next door and offers wonderful breads, cakes and coffees.