Baltic

Address: 74 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HA, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7928 1111

- Mid-range

3.8

London’s best Eastern European restaurant is a sophisticated spot south of the river.

Now approaching its tenth birthday, Baltic remains cool-as-a-cucumber thanks to a stunning architect-designed interior, inventive cocktail bar, and great jazz music. But you don’t have to be a hip dude to come here - it’s one of those places that makes everyone feel as though they are hip and glamorous.

Food and drink
3.7
90%
Service
4
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Food and drink
3.7
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
3
90%

Food and drink

Most of the staff in the kitchen are Polish but the menu stretches across Eastern Europe, from the Baltic down to the Black Sea. You may even see the odd Scandinavian dish; for the unadventurous there’s a straightforward steak and chips. The softly chewy pierogi with potato, cheese and sour cream are heaven. Bozbash (slow-cooked lamb shoulder with pomegranate and tomato) is another winner and I always order a dish of mizeria - a depressing name for a lovely light cucumber and yogurt salad.

Ambience

Minimalist skylit space with vaulted ceiling and sparkling amber chandelier (this incidentally was made to order from a bag of amber rocks the owner bought from a mysterious Russian).

Service

Friendly and courteous if not always efficient.

Location

A bit out-of-the-way: a10-15 minute walk from Tate Modern and the Old Vic, but close to Southwark tube.

Price advice

Starters are £4.50 to £8, mains £11.50 to £17.50; you’ll pay around £60 for a three course meal, excluding drinks or service.

Branches

Sister restaurant Wódka is set in an atmospheric old dairy in Kensington, and homely rather than glamorous.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • People watching
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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