Most of the time its the voiced pauses that mean more than the sentence itself; its the ‘oo’s’ and the ‘ahhs’ that give us a visceral and instinctual feelings about the subject matter in hand. One venue that has been making us ‘ooo’ and ‘ahh’ and definitely ‘mm’ is The Balcon in Pall Mall.
Hitting those high notes with the ‘ooo’s, the venue has double height ceilings and majestic columns set with gilt and marble. Looking downwards to your feet you will see oak and ebony banded wooden flooring, and up above a bespoke finely weaved wire chandelier, and straight ahead windows reaching to the ceiling overlook Waterloo Place and Pall Mall are framed by silk drapes and bronzes of dogs.
The ‘ahh’s are bound to ensue when you hear this next bit:The Balcon houses a Cinderella style champagne balcony, that is framed by two oak spiral staircases, which overlooks the brasserie… and get this… the champagne balcony at The Balcon is renowned for being one of London’s most romantic spots on Valentine’s Day, with a marriage proposal taking place every year!
Now down to the most serious sound effect – the ‘mmm’s – these are guaranteed by the plateful.
Matt Greenwood, previously at the pinnacle of pioneering London eateries, Blixen, Smokehouse, Caravan, Kopapa and Providores, has made it his mission since joining The Balcon, to demonstrate his dedication for flavorsome ingredients when crafting each of the dishes on the menu.
On our visit we (shared all courses) and were able to try some of the new dishes including a very spring like “Yuzu Cured Salmon with Edamame Puree, Wakame Salad and Tobbikko” and my guest feasted on the “Elwy Valley Lamb” that had been paired with “Pearl Barley, Roasted Carrots, Cavolo Nero and Broad Bean Pesto”.
We were also able to try the banoffee profiteroles which for someone who has given up chocolate for lent were unmissable!
For setting, sumptuousness and sound effects, we would highly recommend!
8 Pall Mall,