The Balcon has quickly become one of my favourite restaurants in London. Located within the grade II listed Sofitel London St James Hotel, the venue plays host to the stunning French restaurant, the 1920's style St James Bar and the very pretty Rose Lounge.
Yesterday evening Russell and I were very privileged to be invited for an exclusive first taste of their limited edition Easter dessert.
We were seated in the Rose Lounge, a feminine room in a cream and pink colour scheme that plays hosts a live harpist every day at 3pm. When we arrived we caught the last few minuets of live music which set a relaxed tone to our evening.
Whenwe were shown the dessert, we were pretty impressed. It's basically a new take on Poire Belle-Hélène: shaped like an Easter egg, it includes vanilla sponge, whipped cream and a poached pear smothered in thick chocolate. Decorated with nuts and chocolate twills, it's almost too pretty to eat.
What we liked most about it was the satisfying snap the skilfully tempered chocolate made, and although it sounds rich, the dish was not sickly due to the freshness of the pear. Paired with a glass of wine or fruity cocktail it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone treat or used to mark the end of a great lunch.
Available from tomorrow for four days only, this miniature work of art is priced at just £6 and makes a memorable Easter treat.
Want more? You can read my dinner review of The Balcon here.