Balans Soho Society: A look at their refreshed restaurants and menu
Balans Soho Society is seen as a part of London which has stood the test of time.
The restaurant first opened over 30 years ago and now has branches in Westfield, Kensington and Stratford with all recently undergoing a makeover, and new menu.
The restaurants attract a mixed crowd dependant on which one you enter, with Soho feeling homely and friendly whilst the Westfield ones are busy and loud.
It’s a place that well and truly throws the rulebook out the window, and with pretty lengthy opening hours you can order Eggs Benedict at 3pm if you wish… or 3am!
The new look of the restaurants and bars came from designer Simon Costin, who made his name creating fashion shows for Alexander McQueen. He decided to update the décor yet keeping it lovingly lived-in and a bit rough round the edges. There’s little doodles on tables and markings on the floors.
The food is also worth the slightly heftier price than similar chain restaurants. The seasonally-changing menu was created by Executive Chef Crispin Chetwynd, who has spent time touring the globe with Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd cooking for all of them.
If you aren’t that hungry the bar is a great place to hook up, and also is quiet enough to chat and enjoy each others company.
Along with the new fixtures and fittings, the menu has also been given a makeover. There’s a selection of small and larger plates on offer. But one thing Balans does well is a steak.
Cooked to perfection the 12 oz Sirloin Steak oozes the quality of the brand, with crispy, crinkly chips as a side. They’ve been double dipped for extra indulgence too. The meal is finished off with a small side salad and bourbon bbq sauce. We also decided to get some long stem broccoli. A must, with a knob of button on top.
Coming in at £26.00 a head, without drinks, it’s reasonable for a London chain – and you feel you’re getting more than value for money with the friendly staff, and diverse clientel.
Our top picks
The Soho Full English
Available every day between 8am and 4pm, for £10 you can enjoy a proper full English breakfast. You get 2 eggs (any way), bacon, Cumberland sausage, field mushroom, tomatoes, Balans potatoes and toast.
Choose from a choice of bacon, banana or berries with warm maple butter. Glorious, for £8.00.
Have a drink. Ron Abuelo rum, blueberry, lime and ginger beer. All cocktails are £9.50.
The Infamous Balans Burger
It lives up to its name, with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, red onion, brioche bun and double-dipped chip all for £13.00.
Take a visit to your local Balans, or check out their central London delivery on their site here.