Celebrate 5 Years of Balthazar in Covent Garden
Described by The New York Times as the “restaurateur who invented downtown”, Keith McNally crossed the pond five years ago to open the Covent Garden edition of his restaurant, Balthazar, with Richard Caring. For the fifth anniversary, Head Pastry Chef, Régis Beauregard has been given carte blanche for the new season afternoon tea.
The Balthazar High Five Afternoon Tea would not be complete without the inimitable scones, made of rich, creamy buttermilk yet surprisingly light, and served with Balthazar jams and Devonshire clotted cream. Or the mouth-watering homemade sandwich selection which includes lightly pickled cucumber, smoked salmon, coronation chicken and egg mayo… but our secret favourite has to be the succulent lobster prawn roll, oozing out of a squidgy brioche bun. Then the cake, the Gooseberry O’clock is a roulade of choux sponge infused with elderflower, homemade gooseberry compote and vanilla yogurt mousseline; The Balthazar Icon – a perfect copy of Balthazar’s instantly recognisable awning – a sacher made out of Valrhona chocolate guanaja and raspberry. Strawberries feature in The Queen of Tarts; The Union Macaroon is a salute to the red, white and blue in the American, French and British flags; and The Golden Bombe is a chocolate and hazelnut triumph, bearing an ornate sugar spun 5, perfectly befitting the occasion.
And if you decide to have a little something other than Postcard tea to lubricate the experience, silver fox Brian Silva, Bar Manager with a shrewd nose for what your tipple is, has created a Golden Fizz with Veuve Clicquot rosé Champagne, Pinky vodka, Cocchi Rosa Aperitivo Americano, crystalised rose petals and a citrus twist.
The Balthazar High Five Afternoon Tea will be served on its stand through a haze of dry ice, so that when the glittering délices finally appear before your eyes, abracadabra-style, those that-way inclined will have plenty of time to prepare for their Instagram moment du jour; others will be able to marvel and then tuck in!
At £29.50 per person without the cocktail or a glass of Champagne Gaston Chiquet, or £39.50 with their Golden Fizz plus each guest will be given a homemade cannelés bordelais to take home.
To book, please call our reservations team on 020 3301 1155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Served from 3pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday; 3pm to 5pm on Saturday; and 3pm to 6.30pm on Sunday (3pm to 5pm Monday to Sunday in December).
4-6 RUSSELL STREET
COVENT GARDEN LONDON