Balans Soho Society Seven Dials Cafe

Restaurants, Global Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
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A Covent Garden café from the iconic Soho institution.

Back in the day, Balans Soho Society was pretty damn cool. Starting life in 1990 as a 24-hour restaurant and café on Old Compton Street, it was a place best stumbled into after an evening of gay clubbing, for a sexy French brasserie atmos and early morning cocktails.

Twenty-six years on and things have calmed down a tad. The manifesto on their website (yes, they have a manifesto) salutes the ‘rogue, the rascal and the reprobate’, but the vibe at this latest outpost, a Seven Dials Café, is more working lunch than wild wino.

The food, though, still hits the 3am spot, even if this branch actually closes at 11pm. With a menu that features a bit of whatever you fancy (linguine, curry, pulled duck tacos and so on), it’s not game changing – but then, it’s not really trying to be. The highlight was the burger, which came stacked, cheesy and perfectly pink in the middle (creamy bolognaise arancini balls were also pretty ace). My tip? Avoid the chips: they were limp and lukewarm. All in all, Balans may no longer be as achingly hip, but this is still a snug, dependable spot to grab a bite.

By: Kitty Drake


Venue name: Balans Soho Society Seven Dials Cafe
Address: 32-34 Monmouth Street
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 11pm | Sun: 8am - 10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:0
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My group came here for tea and dessert and it was decent. Service was attentive and fast. The brownies we ordered were tasty and rich while the cheesecake was creamy. It was a good place for an afternoon girls chit chat.


Good food and decent service. Can get very busy at the weekend, obviously!

Lovely people, lovely food.  We had a great brunch - with prosecco !  The atmosphere is perfect and they will let you book on a Saturday lunchtime, which is as welcome in central London as it is unusual.  Meaning that my Mum (83 years young) is a particular fan.


With it's famous brunch slogan 'A brunch without prosecco is just a sad little breakfast' says it all; Balans know how to brunch! I have been to several branches around London but the Covent Garden has to be the best. The service beats all the rest, the location is just a bonus. The ingredients used are top notch, everything is cooked to perfection especially the eggs and the atmosphere is always buzzing. A Balans review wouldn't be right without compliments to their cocktails, as they are on another level. I had my first Porn Star Martini here and I have never looked back. Recently, I had the Balans Full English which I have attached a picture of below. I have tried the High Society Eggs Benedict, and recommend this to anyone on their first brunch at Balans. It's your usual Eggs Benedict with bacon, with added lobster and avocado, it's to die for!

Great food at reasonable prices and a superb location. Only down side for us was the service – so slow, and served three tables, who had come in after us, before coming over to see why I was waving my arms. If you can get over service like that, you'll love the place.

Staff Writer

I recently had lunch in Balans' new branch in the Seven Dials. The location of this restaurant is ideal and the restaurant casual. The menu offers classic food options at reasonable price. It does the job for a quick lunch on the go. I had the crab croquettes and the Ricotta & lemon Ravioli which were both tasty. I have not tried their  drinks but cocktail menu is appealing! a good option in the heart of Covent Garden!

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