A few days ago, I visited Balthazar London to try out their new High Five Afternoon Tea which was launched to celebrate their fifth anniversary in London.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, on the corner of Wellington Street Balthazar London is open all day serving delicious breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.The restaurant features a French-inspired menu and gives you plenty of options to choose from the bistro and classical French dishes. Balthazar Boulangerie is also situated right next to it which serves freshly made bread, pastries, sandwiches and salads that you can either take home with you, eat there or get them delivered to your doorsteps.
The restaurant decor caught my eye, with it’s a mix of table and booth seating including the classically curved booths. It evokes an air of French chic with its red leather banquettes, gold fixtures, ornate mirrors, station clock, tiled floors, warm lighting and a chilled-out atmosphere.
We were offered the curved booth for our High Five Afternoon Tea experience.The friendly staff explained us in detail everything on the menu. The afternoon tea menu was quite innovative yet very simple and traditional. The sandwich selection included pickled cucumber, smoked salmon, coronation chicken and egg mayo and lobster prawn roll. Quite honestly it was hard for me to decide which one to try first because they all looked scrumptious.
The dessert spread included a wide variety of soft and delicious freshly baked items including raspberry and Valrhona cake, queen of tarts, the golden bombe, union macaroon and my favourite Gooseberry O’clock which is a roulade of choux sponge infused with elderflower, homemade gooseberry compote and vanilla yoghurt mousseline. The buttermilk, sultana and plain scones tasted heavenly with Devonshire clotted cream and Balthazar jams.
Not only did the menu contain a large variety of unique and delicious dishes but also a variety of different beverages apart from the traditional British tea. For a price of £29.50 per person, I was amazed at the things that were being offered.
One of the most exciting things about the afternoon tea was the way it was served. All the dishes on the stand were served in the slight haze from the dry ice, and the whole scene was very mystical and unique.We had a great time trying out the afternoon tea and enjoying the excellent atmosphere at the restaurant.
The high five-afternoon tea is served throughout the week and is one of the best places to enjoy a perfectly relaxing and lavish afternoon. I highly recommend you guys to try the afternoon tea at Balthazar.
Disclosure: Thanks Balthazar London for hosting us.