Brunching at Balthazar London

Brunching at Balthazar London

Most Melburnians have a thing for coffee and breakfasts and I am no exception. I am on a constant quest for smashed avo(cado) and caffeine options in London town. Luckily Balthazar exists for a consistently delicious experience. Yay!

Balthazar London is an offshoot of the New York icon and offers french bistro fare (and smashed avo!) all day, seven days a week. I dropped in for brunch with a friend yesterday and we had a typically relaxed experience. The restaurant is run properly – considered service (a little bit of banter but not too much) and well executed dishes. The atmosphere is smart but not stuffy – red leather banquettes, mosaic floor and brass fittings.

Balthazar London

Balthazar is not a haven for hipsters, nor is it somewhere to go if you’re looking for cutting edge cooking. This is classic bistro fare done very well in a relaxed environment with reasonable prices – for central London. We easily settled into our banquette, cappuccinos in hand, for a long leisurely brunch.

Of course I ordered avocado on toast. The toast is sourdough, naturally, and is a tangy and chewy thick cut version baked at the in-house boulangerie. Just the way it should be. Importantly the smashed avo(cado) is chunky and tangy with lime – do take note rest of London.  The dish is topped with two poached eggs done properly (no vinegary taste) and a supremely tasty garnish of finely diced tomato. I was most contented.

Balthazar poached eggs

Balthazar is conveniently located in Covent Garden. Bookings advised – unless mid week brunching.

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15 Comments

  1. 17th May 2016 / 7:36 AM

    Yum! Avocado and toast is really the breakfast food of the moment. x

    • 17th May 2016 / 8:58 AM

      Ahh Susanna, it seems to have just arrived in London but it’s been s life long obsession for me ?

  2. 17th May 2016 / 1:00 PM

    Yum! I get your quest for smashed avo! It doesn’t happen in France….

    • 17th May 2016 / 3:29 PM

      I reckon you could grow a fantastic avo tree in the South of France. My brother had one in his share house in Melbourne as a student so they must be pretty sturdy!

  3. 17th May 2016 / 2:22 PM

    That looks delicious! I am a big fan of avocado and sour dough and the eggs looks perfect. I will take note of Balthazar next time I’m looking for a brunch option. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • 17th May 2016 / 3:31 PM

      We call it ‘breakfast of champions’! ?

  4. 17th May 2016 / 2:49 PM

    I’ve wanted to go to Balthazar for ages! Still not convinced by avocado on toast when you could have pancakes with maple syrup and fruit…

    • 17th May 2016 / 3:32 PM

      Ha ha. They are great too. Let’s meet there next time ?

  5. 17th May 2016 / 3:59 PM

    I really like Balthazar! I had brunch there my last time in London and it took a while to get it (busy Sunday lunchtime) but it was worth it: nice food and I really liked the decor!

  6. 17th May 2016 / 7:08 PM

    Mmmm I do love avo on toast although pancakes with maple syrup and bacon does a good job of fighting for top brunch dish. Might have to try this plus the London Transport Museum as a Covent Garden adventure with my daughter #citytripping

    • 17th May 2016 / 8:56 PM

      That sounds like a great idea. Best get to it before school holiday madness starts 🙂

  7. 19th May 2016 / 1:30 AM

    Looks like a place full of delicious food. I didn’t use to be so into brunch but now, I am looking forward to have an amazing breakfast experience during the weekends. I think the day goes better when you have a good breakfast.

  8. 21st May 2016 / 11:35 AM

    I’m feeling rather uncultured having never tried poached eggs and avocado! I enjoy all the constituent parts so I’ll be sure to try it next time I have the opportunity! #citytripping

    • 22nd May 2016 / 6:57 PM

      Ooh Claire. It’s not as much a matter of culture as of taste! If you are in London another option is any of the ‘Grind’ chain of restaurants. They are in London Bridge, Soho, Shoreditch. Look forward to hearing about your smashed avo journey ?

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