This Old Compton Street venue is one of Soho's popular spots. Much of that is down to its flexibility - it's open for breakfast through lunch to cocktails and dinner in the evening that stretch into busy late nights and early mornings. The pavement seating and window tables prove a bit of a draw come summertime.
The all-day food menu ranges from breakfast burritos, full Englishes, kedgeree and chorizo con papas to pulled pork sandwiches, the Balans burger, rigatoni, risotto and crab linguine. The evening menu features Thai red curries, quesadillas, duck spring rolls and Maryland crab cakes alongside bellies of pork, rib-eye steaks and sea bass served with crushed new potatoes, spinach and a chive butter sauce. Many of the dishes are available late into the night, too.
Many visit just for drinks. A good selection of the global wine list is available by the glass, extending to the champagne, too. Cocktails, though, prove most popular, with frozen daiquiris and various martinis alongside an apple and elderflower collins, a passion fruit and pineapple swizzle and a monkey gland - a mix of Broker's Gin, absinthe, orange juice and grenadine.
Reveling in its reputation as the ‘enfant terrible’ of the Old Compton Street catwalk, Balans Soho Society, Soho is open early mornings to very late nights, 7 days a week.
Relaxed, spontaneous, sociable dining is very much the order of the day at Balans, whatever time of day. Whether it’s for a brief encounter at breakfast, a meandering weekend brunch, a light lunch or a candlelit dalliance over dinner, Balans Soho Society extends the most cordial of invitations to whet the appetite or wet the whistle, whatever your pleasure.
Using only the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from such suppliers of excellence as The Ginger Pig and H. Forman & Son, everything – from small plates such as the delicate ‘Seared Scallops with Spiced Cauliflower’ to main courses like the perennial favourite ‘Red Curry with Jasmine Rice’– is prepared in-house. The wine list is skillfully chosen to carefully complement the eclectic, globally influenced menu.
The cocktails are created by skilled mixologists. After all, what sort of an event is it that doesn’t start in the company of at least one freshly prepared Porn Star or a Harlot from Jalisco?
Bohemian, gregarious, sophisticated and perhaps just a touch eccentric - a place to abandon your plans - Balans is the quintessential Soho experience.
|Venue name:||Balans Soho Society Soho||Contact:|
60-62 Old Compton St
|Opening hours:||Mon - Thurs: 7.30am - 5am | Fri & Sat: 7.30am to 6am | Sun: 7.30am - 2am|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube|
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