Balthazar: Brunch at the French brasserie in Covent Garden

I first noticed Balthazar when holidaying in New York, but never got the chance to visit, so I was excited when I learned there was a branch in London’s Covent Garden too.
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Balthazar is an all-day brasserie, where great French bistro food, good wine and impeccable service are the order of the day – all in an opulent high-ceilinged setting.
Photo by David Loftus | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Or, if you don’t have time to sit and soak up the ambience, the Balthazar Boulangerie is just nextdoor, serving homemade artisan breads, pastries, salads and sandwiches for snacking on the go.
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I booked a table in the restaurant for eight people for weekend brunch.  After a mild panic that Balthazar may be on fire when we saw four fire engines parked outside (luckily it was nextdoor that was smoking…!), we entered the stunning space and took our seats at a huge round table right in the thick of things.
Photo by Steven Joyce | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Photo by Steven Joyce | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Surrounded by speckled vintage mirrors and attended to by a very friendly chap, we sank Bloody Marys and over-ordered – “Avocado and eggs on toast… with a side of banana pancakes…  Why not!?”
Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
The bill came to just less than £30 a head, and we were all totally satisfied.
Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Balthazar’s effortless transatlantic combination of setting, atmosphere, service and food have placed it firmly near the top of my ‘Best Brunch Spots in London‘ list.
Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke | Balthazar: French brasserie in Covent Garden - great for brunch | HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog
Balthazar
4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
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Photos by: Steven Joyce, Sim Canetty-Clarke & David Loftus