Balans Soho Society

60-62 Old Compton Street , London, W1D 4UG

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SquareMeal Review of Balans Soho Society

The Balans brand’s hallmarks include a cosmopolitan vibe, a please-all menu and an all-day offering. Drop by for a full English, a mid-morning snack or a casual dinner along the lines of roast chicken with shiitake mushrooms, or Cornish crab linguine – the world is your larder here. If you’ve got room for dessert, you’ll be ordering from the likes of chocolate brownie cheesecake or warm doughnuts with fudge sauce and Chantilly cream. The drinks selection is just as wide-ranging as the food, from Martinis, Margaritas and house mixes, to a clutch of affordable, globe-trotting wines. With its decent prices, relaxed atmosphere and undemanding comfort food, Balans is in possession of a strong formula which is seeing it gradually spread across the capital.

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7.0

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 4.5

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 3.0

Andre A. 03 January 2016

Balans is where London's gays go for a quick bite or a late drink. The food is always ok, the sesame tuna when on is great, sometimes bad but there is always the Thai Curry. The waiters were flirtatious and the drinks flew liberally. Unfortunately they decided to renovate. No more sexy red and mirrors, it now looks like any suburban shabby chic restaurant opened in the last ten years. I just don't know why they thought they had to renovate unless they wanted to take all the gayness out. Oh Balans, we used to have so much fun.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Helen A. 10 October 2013

Had a pleasant, okayish meal in Balans yesterday after a visit to the theatre. The set meal was good value, albeit not exceptional and the service was friendly and efficient. The cocktails were the highlight of the evening as they were first class. Not the best place in Soho, but worth a visit.

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