Balthazar, 4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ
We were all dying for the London branch to open in the heart of Covent Garden – happily it has happened! It is the latest of a series of exciting New York places that have been so popular in New York that they have opened a sibling in London (Sushi Samba, Milk & Honey, La Bodega Negra, The Standard Hotel soon), so my expectations were high. I went there for lunch a couple of days ago and, if the service was perfect and the place very nice, I was slightly disappointed by the steak Tartare I chose (which, as a typical French dish, was supposed to be excellent) but the Balthazar Bar Steak with French fries seemed to be quite appetising. However, don’t hesitate to go there to find a traditional Parisian Brasserie ambiance and style, which is definitely worth it.