Long a fave of London's pink brunchers, Balans' first overseas venture is on Lincoln Road. Curiously, despite the laid-back locale, it's more uptight than its Anglo counterparts. Wait staff want you to know that they're only doing this job until the call from their casting agent comes through. Still, the food is good (a mix of Asian and Mediterranean, and keenly priced). And, unlike London, the umbrellas outside are there to keep the sun off, not the rain.