It is, I tell him. Staff at the Chiltern Firehouse are used to catering for every whim. Madonna has stayed here, David Cameron has eaten in the restaurant and Bradley Cooper has been spotted in the secret smoking area accessed through a mirrored door in the loo.
He runs some of the most ludicrously hip establishments in existence - the Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Standard in several cities and, of course, Chiltern Firehouse, which opened on a sleepy Marylebone street in and has been celebrity catnip ever since.
He is here today to promote its glossy new cookbook, which is filled with recipes from in-house chef Nuno Mendes and a foreword from regular Stephen Fry. If he were a cocktail, what would he be? Balazs is 60 but looks younger and flirts like a year-old. According to recent press reports, he is currently in a long-term on-off relationship with Uma Thurman. The funniest encounter I had with him? He came up to me - he made a bee-line across the room when we were at a cocktail party - and he went like this There is a pause.
The employee who took it was sacked within three hours of the film being made public. The former US President once performed an impromptu DJ set on the decks here, a few feet from where we are now sitting. He played for 35 minutes. His father was a doctor and his mother, Eva, a psychoanalyst who emigrated to Sweden when the Communist Party started gaining ground in their homeland. His father taught at Harvard Medical School and died last year at the age of His mother recently suffered a stroke and mild heart attack, and requires hour care.
Eva sounds like a force of nature. It was his way of ensuring she kept her faculties sharp. Though the pair are not believed to be a couple. So, is he dating Uma Thurman, or…? A smile twitches at the corners of his mouth. That, and those cocktails.