Balthazar – Covent Garden

I’ve been to New York a few times, and in 2015, our friends took us to Balthazar in the Big Apple. This month, they visited us in London, and we decided to return the favour!

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We started with a cocktail at the bar – all equally delicious! I had the Blood & Sand – a mixture of whiskey, morello cherry, martini rosso and OJ. The cocktail itself was far too small for the price, but overall it was delicious!

When we got to the table, we shared some bread – fresh and delicious, with perfectly salted butter. Three of us had the same main course, believe it or not – and we went for the Duck Shepherds Pie. Wow. The duck ragout had been cooked in a rich, red-wine based sauce, and was topped with crispy, cheesy mash. Delicious. The other member of our group also had a duck dish, but it came with confit of duck, along with a mix of vegetables – she loved it!

We were all so full after the main, but we shared a plate of ice-cream profiteroles between us, which were drizzles in melted dark chocolate.

The one issue I had with the entire evening, was the waiter was trying to sell us a bottle of wine which was clearly a lot more than we wanted to pay (think £300+ for 1 bottle, and we were looking for a bottle around the £80-100 mark). If it was me choosing, that would’ve put me off ordering wine, so a little sensitivity in what is being pushed/offered, would be good.

Aside from that, I was very impressed with the service, and the friendliness of the wait-staff.

Score: 4/5

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