The Balcon

Restaurants , French St James'
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The dining room here is modelled on a classic French brasserie, and is the setting for a menu that sets out to be flexible. Small plates, a la carte options and ‘market specials’ are available, as well as a three course 'tray rapide' lunchtime option comprising one small plate, one market special and a dessert – all served at the same time.

Expect dishes such as stuffed cabbage with Scottish pheasant and foie gras, sautéed girolles and parsnip purée, and Scottish sirloin steak with béarnaise sauce and fries. There is also a small charcuterie bar, where you can have a drink accompanied by a light meal or snacks.

The St James Bar, open from 8am to midnight, has a drinks list including a number of cocktails, such as the Pop Corn Negroni, made with popcorn-infused bourbon, Campari and Antica Formula.

Venue name: The Balcon
Contact:
Address: Sofitel St James
8 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5NG
Opening hours: Open 6.30am-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 7am-11pm Sat; 7am-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross tube/rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £120
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A friend and I stopped in here after having a few drinks in the hotel bar and decided to have dinner. My guest is French and so I asked his opinion of the food (as it is classically French-styled) and he said everything looked great... needless to say, it took us a while to decide what we were going to have! We each had a starter - I forget which he had but I chose the lobster soufflé. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. For our mains, my friend chose the cassoulet and I had chicken cocotte. WOW. The depth of flavour in both dishes was fantastic and the wine we shared with dinner was tops as well. While this place is a bit pricier than others, considering the gorgeous location and the care taken to make sure we were happy with the food, and the food itself, I say go. You won't be sorry. (posted Jan 16)


Edit: I went back here for afternoon tea with my dad a few days ago - FABULOUS. Well worth the price for such delicious treats!!! (posted April 5)

NH

What a pleasant surprise. This exceeded all expectations from the moment we stepped through the door. The staff were very professional, without being cold and injected personality into their service. Any of our questions about the wine or food was met with enthusiasm and we really felt like they cared about giving us a top notch experience. The food was equally as impressive, perfectly timed and some of the best I have had in London. I will definitely be returning and is well worth the money.

Catriona W-S

We had a lovely evening here on Monday - the staff were delightful, obviously very proud of working here, had all of the answers to our questions and were attentive without being overbearing. The brioche smoked salmon starter was light and full of flavour and the snails were the best my husband had ever had - served out of their shells with a parsnip sauce (I think) but whatever it was it was delicious. The 'Welsh charcuterie' was indeed fantastic, especially the air dried lamb. All in all a lovely evening with exciting French food and excellent service - we will be back!

Special Offers

3 courses, a glass of Champagne & coffee £35 per person

From the “A la carte menu” select a starter, a main course and a dessert to compose your own menu, only from the dishes marked with *. A glass of house champagne per diner. Credit card details required from 7 diners booking.

Offer valid until Aug 8 2016

3 courses, a glass of wine & coffee £30 per person

From the “A la carte menu” select a starter, a main course and a dessert to compose your own menu, only from the dishes marked with *. A glass of house white or red wine per diner. Credit card details required from 7 people booking.

Offer valid until Aug 8 2016

2 courses & coffee £21 per person

From the “A la carte menu” select a starter, a main course and a dessert to compose your own menu, only from the dishes marked with *. A glass of house white or red wine per diner. Credit card details required from 7 diners booking.

Offer valid until Jul 31 2016

3 courses & coffee £27 per person

From the “A la carte menu” select a starter, a main course and a dessert to compose your own menu, only from the dishes marked with *. Credit card details required from 7 people booking.

Offer valid until Aug 8 2016