This plush Covent Garden facsimile of the institution that is Manhattan’s Balthazar turns five this year, and though it has drawn scant praise from London’s restaurant critics it has, regardless, become somewhat of an institution itself. The eleven menus cover every permutation of all-day eating, from ‘le petit dejeuner’ and brunch through to afternoon tea, prix fixe and dinner proper, and decadent French bistro comfort food is the calling card throughout, with the odd British classic (shepherd’s pie, perhaps) thrown in. Pricey are hefty, so to leave your wallet relatively unmolested your best bet is to book ahead for the very serviceable prix fixe (available weekdays 12–4pm, and from 5–6:30pm all week at £19.50 for 2 courses, £22.50 for 3), which takes in soufflé, salmon rillette, risotto, seafood linguine and hachis parmentier. Children’s menu for £11 features macaroni cheese, burgers, fish goujons, spaghetti and moules frites, with ice cream or sorbet to finish.

4-6 Russell St
London, Greater London WC2B 5HZ
Mon–Fri 7:30 AM–11:00 AM
Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Phone: +44 20 3301 1155 +44 20 3301 1155