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Fit for a King: Galettes des Rois at Balthazar

Well, SEEN is drooling. Until Wednesday, 31st January 2018 those of you NOT detoxing after an indulgent Christmas may be keen to try the galette des rois (king cake), named in honour of The Three Kings and currently being served at Covent Garden’s Balthazar.

Traditionally, galettes des rois is eaten in France, although versions of it are popular throughout the world. Baked with puff pastry and frangipane, the French galette hides a “fève” (porcelain figurine) and the person who finds the fève then becomes king for the day, sporting a golden cardboard crown. Honestly, the French have the best traditions…

The galette season traditionally happens on Epiphany (Twelfth Night), i.e. 6th January, although at Balthazar they’ve been running galette season from Tuesday, 26th December 2017 and will carry on until Wednesday, 31st January 2018. Any excuse to eat it must be found! They recommend heating the galette and eating it after a hearty dinner, with friends for tea, or even in secret at breakfast time, which works for SEEN.

Also available at the Balthazar Boulangerie for 6-8 people to take away or have delivered, the galettes are £20 each in the restaurant, and £15 at the boulangerie. They will also be available by the slice in the restaurant (£7) and the boulangerie (£2.70). Guests who find a fève in their galette slice whilst dining at Balthazar will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne served at their table – on top of receiving their golden crown, of course! Vive la galette!

Guests can book a table via the Balthazar reservation line on 020 3301 1155 or by emailing

Opening times:
Open all day from breakfast time, Monday to Sunday
Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 12am
Saturday: 9am to 12am
Sunday: 9am to 11pm


4-6 Russell Street
Covent Garden