We celebrated my 22nd birthday at Baltic Bar & Restaurant
A beautifully elegant East European restaurant located close to Waterloo and Southwark station.
We were welcomed into the light and airy (a bloggers/photographers dream) restaurant and ogled the well stocked bar, full of all kinds of spirits and a very large variety of vodkas.
As always we started off with a cocktail each, it was hard to choose from the extensive cocktail list but I went for the Rhubarb Punch (£8.50). It is a mix of Rhubarb Compote, Wyborowa, Vanilla Sugar, Cloudy Apple Juice and Topped up with Prosecco. You can view their cocktail list here.
From start to finish we were made to feel at home by the friendly staff. They helped to explain any drinks or dishes we were unsure about and always made sure our glasses were full. Once seated we were offered a choice of bread each. From then on I knew we were going to be fed well.
After a long glance at the a la carte menu, I finally decided to start with the Siberian Pelmeni – Small Veal & Pork Dumplings (£6.50). These were absolutely gorgeous and bursting with flavour and there was no scrimping on the veal and pork. I shared a couple with my guest, which I was hesitant about but the portion was large and I had to save myself for my main which I had great expectations for.
Karl’s starter (pictured below) was glorious. The finest black pudding I have ever tasted. It was as good as it looks!
For main I went for Pork Schnitzel a la Holstein with Potato, Anchovies, Capers & Fried Egg (£17.50). It was hard to choose from the array of hearty dishes on offer but this brought back a bit of city break nostalgia – schnitzel is a favourite when visiting Eastern Europe so I had to go for it. Surprisingly the anchovies (another favourite) paired well with the egg and pork schnitzel, it did not disappoint! Again the portion was generous and I failed to clear the plate, this was only because my eyes were bigger than my belly!
You can view the menu here.
By this point I was way too full for a dessert, I was falling asleep and in need of a nap following such an indulgent meal. So I treated myself to a espresso martini while Karl went for the Sernik – White Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake (£6) which was beautifully presented.
Baltic heard it was my birthday so brought over this amazing ice cream cake for me. Such a lovely gesture! I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the chocolate ice cream over the warm fruit, it was a gorgeous mix.
We had had a bit of a heavy night of birthday celebrations a few hours prior to visiting so weren’t able to sample too much of the vodka on offer. We were treated to two very delicious cherry vodka shots. They went down a little too well and only encouraged me to return to sample the rest of their flavours.
Baltic sells over 60 varieties of vodka. Their own flavoured vodkas are made with fresh fruit and spices. The honey vodka (served hot) is on the top of my list to try along with hazelnut! View their vodka list here.
You need to come along with a thirst for vodka so next time I will be more prepared…
Baltic Bar & Restaurant is fancy but with a great ambience and it is so relaxed. It was the perfect place for a chilled but classy Sunday lunch. If you fancy something different to your usual chain restaurants in the city then Baltic is perfect.
Baltic Bar & Restaurant
74 Blackfriars Road
(Corner of The Cut)