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The Balcon

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Lunch:Tray Rapide: £18

from the A la carte menu select a small plate, a main course from the market specials and a dessert to compose your own “tray rapide”. Please note: this offer is not available on Sundays

Offer valid until May 24 2015

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.

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The Balcon says
Located in the heart of central London, The Balcon takes its inspiration from a traditional French brasserie, the executive chef, Vincent Ménager, blends British ingredients and traditions with classic French recipes, using the best seasonal produce with a modern twist.

All day dining destination and open all year round, The Balcon, is ideal for a pre or post theatre dinner, a business lunch or a family gathering. For more informal parties, it also features a private dining room for up to 16 people.

The a la carte menu includes a selection of small plates - perfect if you fancy several starters or want to share with a friend.

The custom-made Charcuterie Bar is the ideal place to unwind after work, enjoy a glass of champagne and share a delicious platter of Welsh and French charcuterie

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Venue name: The Balcon
Address: Sofitel St James
8 Pall Mall
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

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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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!