Ever had Alsatian food? No, we’re not talking about the dogs, but rather the part of France where the dogs come from. Passed back and forth from Germany to France more often than that Lynx body spray set that always seems to appear under the Christmas tree, the Alsace region has developed a unique cuisine, and Corbin and King’s new restaurant, Bellanger hopes to showcase just this. Expect hearty German cooking, but with a French flair—sausages and schnitzel feature on Bellanger’s extensive all-day menu, alongside èscargot and fine cheeses. It’s not a new London restaurant without sharing plates, so great, steaming pots of hearty dishes such as coq au riesling and choucroute—a sauerkraut-spiked riff on cassoulet—feature as well.
If there’s one thing Corbin and King like, it’s a grand Mitteleuropean café, and Bellanger does not disappoint on that front. All through the day and into the night, Bellanger is open for coffee and an ever-changing range of home-baked patisserie and gateaux, as well as delectable pastries and smaller treats. Bellanger also serves a brunch menu on weekends, with choice picks from their usual menu jostling alongside lighter dishes such as Eggs Benedict, smaller plates and Viennoiserie.
To complement these riches, there is an utterly massive wine list, showcasing the very best of French and German wine—not just well-worn favourites such as Riesling and burgundies, but also Gewürztraminer and wines from the Jura region, as well as a very tempting (and well-priced) list of champagnes. There’s also a short-but-sweet list of beers, cognacs and dessert wines. So, if you want a slap-up meal, or a coffee and cake, pop on down to Bellanger.