Review on The Balcon
With the departure of Brasserie Roux, the luxurious Sofitel St James Hotel, once home to Cox and Kings bank has launched a new restaurant called The Balcon. The venue has been given a fabulous make-over by renowned architects the Russell Sage Studio and aims to emulate the ambience and glamour of grand Parisian brasseries. It's a palatial 'double height' venue with huge arched windows overlooking Pall Mall, a gorgeous column-lined room with a pair of spiral staircases leading up to a Champagne gallery.
Vincent Menager is still heading the kitchen and he seamlessly blends French and British cuisine on his well-thought out menu. Carefully sourced ingredients are used to telling effect, with charcuterie coming from Trealy Farm in Monmouthshire and Mas le Rouget in Cantal, France. A starter of pike custard with King's Lynn brown shrimps, crustacean velouté and sourdough toast is a popular choice or maybe brioche 'toad in the hole' with Lyonnaise pistachio sausage and garlic confit chicken jus. Main courses could usher in Cornish monkfish tail, Bath chorizo and Puy lentil stew from the rotisserie or braised leg of French rabbit in Dijon mustard cream with homemade fresh pasta and carrots. To close the show there are desserts such as plum tarte tatin with clotted cream or chocolate soufflé with pistachio ice-cream.
For a more informal meal there is the custom-made charcuterie bar serving homemade terrines and delicious platters of Welsh and French Charcuterie. There is an impressive choice of champagnes on offer together with an extensive wine list, featuring around twenty wines available by the glass or carafe. A particular highlight of the dining experience is the exemplary and focused service.
The Balcon is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
French / British
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 6.30am (7.00am Sat & Sun) through
Dinner: 11.00pm (10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express