Baltic

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Sara Elin Nilsson
Southwark
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Come here for proper Polish food, with a modern take, in a regularly heaving and understatedly glamorous Blackfriars venue - and bring along a thirst for vodka.

On Friday nights, most Southwark bars are full of colleagues toasting each other’s successes. The Polish-themed Baltic’s atmosphere is much more low-key. City-slicker duos, out for dates and business drinks, chat quietly across the tables venue. We spotted the star of a current Old Vic production having a cigarette outside, as well as a man swapping his sandals for smart shoes before entering. The front section of Baltic looks like an uber-modern hotel lobby, with floor-sweeping velvet curtains and a glass bar filled with amber crystals.

There are more than 50 cocktails on the lengthy list, but the speciality is vodka – it’s served by the shot or three sizes of carafe, and includes everything from the standard Finlandia to the luxe likes of Chopin and Snow Leopard. A word of warning though; by around 9pm most of Baltic’s customers disappear into the expansive bare-bricked restaurant round the back to tuck into a menu of blinis and dumplings. We recommend following them.

Venue name: Baltic
Contact:
Address: 74 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8HA
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Tues-Sat; noon-4.30pm Sun. Dinner served 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 5.30pm-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Southwark
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Ilze H

I was very disappointed. I booked my birthday party at the restaurant and I'm shocked the way we were served. Not to mention that our party was the biggest at the time in the restaurant we got very little attention from the staff. We constantly had to look for someone to serve us. Having such a big group, we were expecting to have at least one person dedicated to our table. Staff attitude was unbelievable too.

Food was very basic and simple, although from speaking to the receptionist I was given an impression that it is a high end food and high end restaurant. I'm sorry to say, but it was neither. It was very far from high end and I was devastated how disappointed I was and how disappointed my friends were left after disaster birthday party at Baltic. I would not suggest this restaurant to anyone.

Joss B
Tastemaker

on of the first high end balitc/nordic cuisine restaurants and still one of the very best in London. The food is great and the restaurant opens into a light spacious open room, its quite a surprise given the narrow area at the front that houses the bar, its almost like the tardis.

GT
Staff Writer

Doesn't look like much from the outside but step through the doors and you find yourself in a gorgeous space: light and airy with just the right amount of buzz. First up: order one of their signature vodka martinis. A word of warning: they are divine but seriously strong. This is a particularly great place for vodka fans - they have an extensive vodka list and the Kazakh organic number we tried was as smooth as they come. Then dive into the menu of Polish blinis, dumplings and warming stews. This is the perfect place for winter eating and everything we ate was top notch.  

Alanna S
Tastemaker

Gorgeous setting, and equally gorgeous food. Great place for large groups or events. I went on a work event and ate set menu 3 - which for the quality and amount of food is a great deal. 

polish

Haha hey Lisa i suggest you to buy a map so maybe you will find out why its called Baltic!Great restaurant btw

Dorothy White

My daughter had her wedding at Baltic. It was fantastic! Great service, food was outstanding, warm atmosphere and the spiced pear cocktails delicious. Really worth a visit.

lisa

Why's it called Baltic if it's a Polish restaurant? Otherwise great food, nothing to complain about :)

Sebastian

I've been here many times over the past 10 years and I have to say I've never had anything but a great time. The menu's E European but with a very light touch and there doesn't seem to be anywhere else like it in London. Plus I sometimes find placed open so long to kind of rest on their laurels a bit but whenever I go it still feels very fresh.