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Balans Soho Society

Balans Soho Society

Restaurant, Café, and Cocktail Bar££££
  • Greg V.
    "The best 'Pornstar Martini's' in London"(3 Tips)
    Carina A.
    "go here for drinks or food early morning, noon or late night"(5 Tips)
    Sara F.
    "new dessert sticky toffee brûlée"(2 Tips)
    Patrick James S.
    "Great service, great breakfasts."(18 Tips)
158 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • breakfast food
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • seafood
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  • Khalid G.
    Khalid GoldingApril 9, 2016
    Excellent chips to accompany my fish, will pick a better cocktail next time. Recommend to anyone seeking a relaxed place to eat after shopping or on a first date 👍
  • Clayde B.
    Clayde BaumannNovember 9, 2011
    The front area is better for conversation mode. Back area for hustle and bustle. The truffled chicken liver starter is orgasmic and the Thai curry is always a safe bet. The Chilean Merlot is gorgeous!
  • Leon W.
    Leon WardFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best brunch in Soho. The staff are so lovely and it's very reasonable. You can also do a bit of twink and bear spotting. On Sundays, yummy mummies take over the place! 🙈
  • Slynky C.
    Slynky CatAugust 15, 2014
    "What time do you close? "Christmas?" Great place for a meal after a night out, or early morning hangover cure. A regular spot after a great night out. Highly recommended.
  • Veronica V.
    I went for breakfast and I had it the best pancakes in town, I ordered fruit pancakes, presentation was gorgeous and taste even better!!! Staf was really nice ♥♥
  • Sara F.
    Sara Feldmann BrummerOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The new dessert sticky toffee brûlée is absurdly delicious, but a huge portion! Share with a friend when you go, I was on my pen today and couldn't finish it...
  • Alexandros C.
    Alexandros CJune 24, 2013
    24/7 good food and delightful staff. Extremely convenient for late night dinner and drinks! Breakfast is also awesome!!! A favorite stop when in town!
  • Kristof H.
    Kristof HarlingMarch 30, 2013
    Seafood Jambalaya was fantastic. Also make sure you ask for the cocktail list - there are almost always specials.
  • Ava L.
    Ava LloydJune 21, 2012
    Open 24 hours and also fantastic food and service to boot. Come here almost every week after a night out in Soho. Just as tasty sober! A must.
  • Firat Y.
    Firat YurdayOctober 9, 2015
    Fun place almost everyday it is busy not very quiet place to chat especially evenings per person with alcohol around 40£ food is avarage service friendly
  • Richard D.
    Richard DelaneySeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you can, grab a seat outside and watch the world go by. There's nowhere else in Soho gives you the combination of great people watching & friendly service!
  • Shreena
    ShreenaNovember 4, 2011
    I love everything about this small chain of restaurants. Great food, brilliant staff, gorgeous clientele. The cafe up the road is good for late night eats too.
  • Lizzy C.
    Lizzy CookJanuary 11, 2015
    You can't go wrong! Try Sea Bass, Balans Burger or Thai Red Curry. Go for Pornstar martinis. Waiting staff are quick & entertaining.
  • Sergey M.
    Sergey MMay 2, 2013
    Awesome scallops as a hot starter and delicious duck of two kind as a main course! The staff is very friendly and smiley ;-)
  • Scott W.
    Scott WallisOctober 13, 2012
    Super friendly staff. Even if it looks crowded, tables turn quickly. Go in and belly up to the bar. This American felt very much at home.
  • Ben A.
    Ben AdelieNovember 29, 2015
    Recently renovated to match the more fashionable restaurants nearby. But the service remains spotty, missed orders, spilt drinks, sold up cocktails, and a food menu without a common thread.
  • Ian C.
    Ian CSeptember 18, 2014
    There's a good mix of American and British breakfast food for anyone longing for a hearty breakfast with American-style pancakes.
  • Darrell E.
    Darrell EastApril 18, 2016
    Great service. Food well presented and steak cooked just perfect!
  • YJ H.
    YJ HanFebruary 13, 2016
    Has a lovely Christmas drink here with a full of lovely Christmas mood. Staffs are kind and cocktail were good enough.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsAugust 6, 2016
    A few upgrades but it is still the same. That ambience of being in a Habitat inspired showroom is still there. The gnocchi and halloumi are decent vegetarian options.
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveAugust 6, 2014
    A good place to eat if you need to eat late. Think of it as an elaborate bistro with cocktails and house music.
  • Dominic D.
    Dominic DieselMay 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Kir Royale has to be my favourite cocktail with a nice Steak and hand-cut chips...mmmmm good food, nice staff, a little on the pricey side, but nice comfortable and enjoyable evening Read more
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LeySeptember 15, 2013
    Great food, would definitely recommend the burgers! Lovely staff and free wifi, just ask for the password.
  • WishlistEtc
    WishlistEtcOctober 31, 2014
    All time classic. The place to go for brunch in Soho if you are a big group without a reservation.
  • Sara F.
    Sara Feldmann BrummerNovember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Sunday roast in London, great cocktails, fab atmosphere and open almost all hours! What's not to like?
  • Angel L.
    Angel LamFebruary 21, 2016
    Can't go wrong with the high society egg Benedict or pancakes
  • Richard D.
    Richard DelaneySeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They will, on request, do a mean Bloody Mary with Gin & Cucumber! Ask very politely and enjoy!
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen MarinhoAugust 24, 2013
    Wonderful atmosphere, good food, delicious cocktails and good staff.
  • Todd S.
    Todd SMarch 5, 2016
    The burger is spot on, the falafel is quite tasty, and the linguini with seafood is quite good
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HepburnMarch 15, 2014
    Great food on a great night! Join for a friendly tour of London's gay scene!
  • Eilin C.
    Eilin ChangAugust 14, 2014
    Really good food and friendly staff! Go here for a special occasion.
  • James G.
    James GoochFebruary 19
    Delicious linguine and gnocchi complimented by excellent service. Always a winner.
  • Adrian W.
    Adrian WarnerDecember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely food and great service, but ask for your bill to come without the 10% service charge, it is optional. I refuse to pay extra for service, so just knock it off.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJanuary 3, 2015
    Half nightclub half restaurant. Trendy, but complicated. Do NOT get the calamari. But do get the duck spring roles.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TipperMarch 25, 2014
    The calves liver is sublime! If you fancy something really good I'd really recommend!!
  • Olga B.
    Olga BeLovaFebruary 24, 2014
    Delicious food!! Better to order diff staff and share with friends😋🍴yammy!!!
  • iDork g.
    iDork guzzi-stevensNovember 19, 2012
    Gay or not thy this little cute place in soho when in London. Share the table and listen to other people's conversations LOL rude but entertaining
  • Edita S.
    Edita SimutyteAugust 11, 2015
    Great food, great drinks/cocktails and atmosphere and open till 5am everyday
  • Andy H.
    Andy HowellMarch 1, 2015
    Good place for breakfast. Warm, buzzy but not too loud. Very good food.
  • Terry E.
    Terry EasthamApril 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a table by the windows as this is the best place in London for people watching
  • marina k.
    marina k.December 4, 2016
    Really friendly staff, they made sure you did not run out of water! Good coffee also.
  • Sara F.
    Sara Feldmann BrummerJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely staff, great menu and fab cocktails, very attentive service too. Love!
  • Christina P.
    Christina PolyakJuly 15, 2016
    Sunday brunch excellent. Generous and delicious portions. English breakfast especially good.
  • Basilio M.
    Basilio MartinoMarch 4, 2011
    £12 for pre cooked and heated up venison sausages and mash!! I gave this place 3 chances and it failed 3 tines! Definitely my last time here better having a kebab from the corner
  • Louise M.
    Louise Mc FSeptember 28, 2013
    Great service, good served quickly. Very popular place as was completely full.
  • Javier H.
    Javier HernandezNovember 20, 2011
    The only place in central London where you can eat decent food 24/7. Burguer is good.
  • Sydney V.
    Sydney Von IheringJanuary 24, 2016
    Came here for a Sunday roast finished off with a sticky toffee pudding! Delicious.
  • Tim E.
    Tim EganJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fab cocktails, friendly staff. Try the steak and eggs!
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RossOctober 11, 2013
    Food seems to have gone downhill a little lately. The cob salad is essentially a bowl of lettuce. The rib eye steak is probably your best bet. Skip desert.
  • Patrick James S.
    Patrick James StephensDecember 2, 2012
    Great service, great breakfasts. What more could you ask for ;)
  • Jochen R.
    Jochen RostJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Burger is fantastic, and the staff is really on the ball ... and lots of eye-candy around
  • Cookie
    CookieDecember 29, 2014
    Great little restaurant for a midnight meal...! Reasonably priced as well.
  • Ian B.
    Ian BurgessFebruary 16, 2013
    Love this place, the food, the staff and the mixed clientele.
  • Ollie M.
    Ollie MartinNovember 2, 2014
    The quesadilla starter is great with pulled pork.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TipperMarch 25, 2014
    If having a cocktail, have a pornstar... It won't disappoint!!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CanterburyMarch 27, 2015
    Trendy place with a great vibe and the menu is excellent.
  • Iunius M.
    Iunius MardoniusJune 5, 2014
    The burger was ok, definitely not for £11.95. The fries; average! Service fast, almost rude... There is very fine line between cleve and clever dick. A very average 4/10 like your food & service
  • Andy G.
    Andy GeorgeMay 16, 2013
    Terrible service twice now! Always comes down to inaccurate bills too. Today, to top it off, I'm told I can't use the 2-4-1 breakfast offer to cover the extra sausage and bacon they wrongly added!
  • Natasha A.
    Natasha AlaminJuly 13, 2012
    The yoghurt and fruit concoction is hideous and the piña colada was horrid! The food altogether was a mess!
  • Greg V.
    Greg VaughanMarch 27, 2014
    The best 'Pornstar Martini's' in London
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Tim U.
    Tim UngerApril 21, 2012
    the food is great. try the thai chicken or the steak. oh! and the servers are hot, hot, hot!
  • Lucas S.
    Lucas Sileński-CahillFebruary 13, 2012
    Get the Balans loyalty card and until the end of March you get 2 for 1 on main courses!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CookApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A very kind waiter warned me about the £15 gin and tonic. Beware! Order two pornstar martinis instead.
  • Funda C.
    Funda CizgenakadFebruary 8, 2014
    If you like a spicy Bloody Mary with wasabi!
  • David A.
    David AllardyceJanuary 20
    Lovely big portion of Cobb salad. Breakfasts looked good too.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ChandlerAugust 5, 2016
    When this was plain ordinary Balans it was fine. Now very much less sure about the ambience.
  • King D.
    King DomingoOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Balans gives me one more thing to look forward to for the fall: Duck confit with parsnip mash is back!
  • Jay D.
    Jay DeeDecember 7, 2013
    Uncomfortable seats, crowded but worst of all, the tea was weak and the handles on the tea cups too small to hold properly. A cup of tea! Fundamental! The staff were nice though.
  • Matsume K.
    Matsume KaiFebruary 25, 2011
    The pork belly is to die for!!! And I can't believe they had a high chair for my little man!
  • Raf L.
    Raf LopezJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great 2:1 special on Mains and Desserts Jan-Mar 2012. Mon- Tues noon-midnight
  • Mike S.
    Mike SMarch 19
    If any place in london that will take your money it's this place - what a ripoff for the average menu and paying double for nothing - will not be visiting the anytime soon
  • Nasco R.
    Nasco RFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Staff were dismissive and unhelpful, as we left we passed three members of staff and none said goodbye or made any attempt to make you want to return!
  • Scott J.
    Scott JamesAugust 6, 2014
    Fun crowd, staff are nice and approachable
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TipperJune 25, 2014
    Try the sea bass, the sauce was awesome!
  • Jon W.
    Jon WinterDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Berrylicious cocktail - it certainly is.
  • Charlotte F.
    Never had a bad meal in here and the staff are a delight Read more
  • Lin H.
    Lin HumphreyAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic happy hour drink specials from 4-6.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MuradovaOctober 2, 2012
    Passion fruit daiquiri is a must!
  • Victoria C.
    Victoria ChenNovember 1, 2014
    The Tuna was so Amazing!
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MarieJanuary 23, 2013
    Open 24 hours. What more could a NY girl in London want?!
  • Helen R.
    Helen RobertsFebruary 9, 2013
    Butternut squash tortellini was yummy. :)
  • Kareena U.
    Kareena UAugust 22, 2011
    Great for cheese cake and people watching.
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerDecember 7, 2016
    good bouillabaisse & good vibes
  • Amir M.
    Amir MontazerApril 1, 2016
    Try in Infamous burger! it's really good!
  • Olivier W.
    Olivier WeberApril 29, 2012
    Not to be confused with its larger sister Balans on the same street, which is more of a restaurant.
  • David James L.
    David James LennonJuly 11, 2010
    CRAB CAKES!!! Try the crab cakes!!! lush with a glass of bloody mary. ;-)
  • Paulo O.
    Paulo OliveiraFebruary 22, 2012
    Thai curry chicken with noddles. Indescribable!!
  • Katy R.
    Katy RaynerJune 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Bloody Marys in London. Fact.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PantelidesDecember 10, 2010
    Try the Xmas Turkey special with all the trimmings. Scrum :)
  • Simon
    SimonApril 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you get a royalty card!
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMay 1, 2010
    go here for drinks or food early morning, noon or late night
  • Dan M.
    Dan MckinenJune 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Qassadies amazing
  • mylifeisgorgeous
    mylifeisgorgeousOctober 22, 2011
    You don’t need to be gay to enjoy a coctail in this soho crowded bar.+44 (0) 20 7376 0115 Read more
  • Judith R.
    Judith RyanDecember 30, 2016
    Try the doughnuts
  • Neil E.
    Neil EvansDecember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The pie of the day is well worth the money.
  • Igor T.
    Igor TApril 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They don't serve duck leg anymore. Was my favorite.
  • Lucy B.
    Lucy BarksNovember 2, 2013
    They kick out really promptly
  • Matty S.
    Matty SpencerMarch 28, 2012
    ThevChicken Ceaser wraps here are amazing!
  • Hasan K.
    Hasan KöseoğluJanuary 16, 2015
    Great atmosphere good food
  • Rob
    RobNovember 3, 2013
    Hannah is a fab new waitress! Xx
    ElRetodeJamie.comSeptember 15, 2016
    En pleno Soho este restaurante tienes una variedad de platos deliciosos, pero te recomiendo la hamburguesa con la que acabarás saciado. Read more
  • Roberto R.
    Roberto RequenaAugust 25, 2014
    De los mejores sitios de Soho para lunch o brunch! Muy recomendable... Eggs Benedict, burgers, english breakfast! Fantástico
  • Leo S.
    Leo SkvirskiyApril 8, 2013
    Да, коктейль Pornstar из водки и шампанского - идеальный напиток для местечка в самом центре голубой жизни Лондона.
  • Jerôme
    JerômeJuly 14, 2014
    Une pensée pour Seb Landron et Gabor
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