Mark your diaries for this Saturday 16 February as that is when the reservation lines open for Balthazar London, the long awaited and much-storied London outpost of Keith McNally’s New York original.
The restaurateur and native Brit opened Balthazar in New York’s Spring Street back in the spring of 1997 and his empire now takes in Pastis, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Odeon, Schiller's Liquor Bar and a Balthazar Bakery too.
The London edition, opening in the spring, is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden, in the old Theatre Museum, within a building known as The Flower Cellars. It will be sharing the space with The London Film Museum. Just like the traditional French brasserie, it will be an open all day affair for breakfast through to dinner, plus that New York tradition of weekend brunch that we’ve adopted so happily. General manager will be Byron Lang.
McNally has travelled far and wide to source all the interior features and fittings, so that Balthazar London does not only to resemble its NYC parent, but also to ensure that its style is reminiscent of the French brasserie which inspired the original.
The menu will be heavy on the sea food with a wide selection of classical French brasserie and bistro fayre. And just like New York, there will be a Balthazar bakery housed next door, purveying artisan breads, homemade pastries, salads and sandwiches to take away and also baking every loaf and croissant served in the adjacent restaurant.
4-6 Russell Street, WC2