Previously on The Blog About Nothing... in London!

  • sambaswirl Samba Swirl
    Froyo Time in Chiswick
  • tarantella Tarantella
    Another Italian Place in Chiswick
  • wharf The Wharf
    A lovely Restaurant by the Thames in Teddington
  • fiveguys Five Guys
    American Invasion
  • phene The Phene
    Great local pub for a drink in Chelsea
  • mangotree Mango Tree
    Great but Expensive Dim Sum Place
  • makoto Makoto
    Sushi Time Chiswick
  • buenosaires Buenos Aires
    Argentine Steakhouse in Chiswick
  • lookingglass Tea Time
    Fashionista Afternoon Tea
  • jsheekey J Sheekey
    Oyster Bar in London
  • alboccondivino Al Boccon Di'Vino
    A Real Italian Feast
  • donostia Donostia
    Basque Cuisine in Marylebone
  • petersyard Coffee Time in Edinburgh
    Peter's Yard
  • bibis Bibi's Bakery
    Cakes, Cupcakes, and Macaroons
  • byronronaldo Burger Time
    Byron's new special
  • angelsbagpipes Angels With Bagpipes
    Scottish Cuisine
  • burgerbear Burger Bear
    A great Burger in Town

Balthazar [On The Road: NYC]

What can I tell you about Balthazar, traditional French cuisine, bistro style, serving from breakfast to late diner, always packed, especially with tourist but New Yorkers agree that the food is worth the hassle. Opened in 1997 by Keith McNally, a Londoner that moved to NYC, and in charge are chef de cuisine Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. What else can I add, probably they were semi finalists as 2012 Outstanding Restaurant for the James Beard Foundation awards. 

The place
Busy dinning
Really noise, hectic, rush hour dinning service, queue to get a table and impress with the table turnover, completely mental, you couldn't hear the music with the cloud of noise from the patrons. We got a small table near the bar, some wine, and as starter Saffron risotto, and the steak tartare. Risotto comes with ruby red shrimp, charred leeks, mascarpone, and espelette pepper, pretty good, excellent flavour, nice execution, the tartare again classic, nice, good spicy touch, but the one we got in Momofuku was superior to be honest. 

Tartare
Risotto
Then for mains the crispy Berkshire pork belly, and moules frittes. The pork belly came with creamy grits, ouef meurette, and roasted mushrooms, it was nice, the pork belly perfectly cooked, everything played well together, the poached egg perfectly cooked, drizzle with wine was a nice touch. The moules nicely cooked, fresh, and a big portion. 

Belly
Moules
Overall a really nice meal. 

French reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Strike” 

Jerry: Nice cuff links, by the way 
George: Office Christmas gift. I tell you, this Human Fund is a gold mine! 
Jerry: That's not a French cuff shirt, you know 
George: I know. I cut the button off and poked a hole with a letter opener 
Jerry: Oh, that's classy

Balthazar
T: +1 212 965 1414
French Bistro
Approx Damage: $70pp
Area: Soho
Borough: Manhattan
NYC
Balthazar on Urbanspoon


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