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Balans Soho Society (Bar, Restaurant)

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60 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4UG
Cuisine: European
Tel: 020 7437 5212 | Email to Balans Soho Society | Transport: Leicester Square | Write review

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1) Close your eyes and imagine walking the buzzing streets of Soho. Your destination is a venue that really sticks to its own motto: “Too much of a good thing is a good thing”. Can you visualise it? Heavy-patterned dark wallpaper, mismatched mirrors, suffused light, upbeat music; welcome to Balans Soho Society!

2) To enjoy Balans you must embrace it: abandon your inhibitions, let yourself go and rejoice in this gay-friendly triumph. All around you relaxed 30-something pals are having fun. What are all those mirrors, if not flirtatious people-watching devices?

3) You can’t say they’re inconsistent at Balans. The philosophy of abundance goes beyond their trendy interior to permeate the extensive menu. Expect strong sugary cocktails and hearty British food – both in impressively great portions.

4) The menu features robust pub classics for strong appetites. The infamous Balans burger and the red curry are hugely popular. Double-dipped chips have a ubiquitous presence all over the highly carnivorous menu. If not really outstanding or over-inventive, the dishes are satisfying in a very manly way. They are big, without making a big thing of it.

5) Balans Soho Society ticks many boxes for the typical Soho-goer. It’s a hip, trendy restaurant, filled with positively tacky good vibes. Still, as for the food, it’s not an all-show-no-substance scenario: you get the show AND lots of substance.

6) It’s clear Balans cares about your physical and mental sanity, being one of the few restaurants in Soho that takes reservations.

7) The doors of Balans Soho Society are almost open for you all day and all night (until 6am Mon-Sat). You can come for brunch pancakes or for a grilled chicken sandwich at lunch. Or – so handy an option in Soho – for fish and chips at 1.30am. Most of the time you might find yourself wondering if you’re having a late dinner or an early breakfast.

8) Just remember: alcohol is served until 3am!

9) Balans Soho Society is one and a thousand different places, depending what time you visit: chatty and welcoming in the morning, lively with workers from the nearby creative companies at lunch, bubbly at night.

10) Balans is a fun place where everything is a bit over the top. But never too much, because if you come here you believe that life is too short for diets and sobriety. more

Customer Reviews for Balans Soho Society

Average (based on 6 votes): 6 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Balans Soho Society.

“Balans can have an amazing atmosphere on a good night - it's also the only place you can get a sit-down meal in Soho after 3am, and the party really gets started then! Although their dubious alcohol policy - sometimes you can drink, sometimes you can't is annoying, as is the now mandatory cover charge per person (for a restaurant!!) and added service charge. If you're hammered and hungry and don't care about splashing out, this might be a good place to come.”
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Joanna, Soho, London (8 years 6 months 12 days ago)

“I also had an awful experience in here. I work a couple of doors down and went in for some leaving drinks with a work friend. There were only about 3 other tables occupied so you'd think the service wold be fast. We waited an hour for the food and the cocktails didn't turn up until the food did. The waiter was friendly but I had fish and chips and it was horribly greasy and really over priced... shame really. The cocktails were nice but not worth waiting an hour for...”
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Annie, London (10 years 4 months 6 days ago)

“Balans general level of service and quality has declined over last few years. We were treated appallingly on new years eve. Booking made 2 weeks in advance with friends. We turned up and manager denied this (even though they confirmed a few days before). Left standing outside for over half an hour until they decided we were worthy of a table. Food terrible and pointless complaining as no-one cares. Advice - steer clear of Balans. Their attitude to customer service is 'take it or leave it' and staff are too concerned with looking in the mirrors rather than trying to make dining there an enjoyable experience.”
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NM, London (10 years 5 months 17 days ago)

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“The manager of this restaurant has to be the rudest person ever. Totally dismissive of me when a waitress spilled wine over my skirt, I asked if I could be re-imbursed for the dry cleaning. He looked away. Disgraceful. Service very poor. If YTS was still in evident this lot would be refused a job. I will not be visiting Balans again! Well not Soho anyhow. Sort it out!”
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jaqui st clair, glasgow (10 years 11 months ago)

“Balans in Soho is terrible! I went there for lunch today and waited 45 minutes for my food. We then asked where our food was, and the Balan's waitress said 5 minutes. At this point the chef obviously panicked. Our food came out. My colleague and I bit into our Pie, and found the meat around the outside to be cold. I tried to open the pie to find the whole thing frozen. A frozen Pie! The staff were useless and offered a salad as a subsitute. Balans is a REAL disapointment!”
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Steve J, London (soho) (11 years 8 months 8 days ago)

“Save your money. Go elsewhere until the owners sort this place out. Management utterly rude and unprofessional. Manager needs to be fired and replaced. An additional unexpected guest in our party was humiliated and refused entry even though the restaurant was half empty and the waiting staff could see no issue. When politely asking the reason, the manager became aggressive and threatened to bar us from the place! We left our meals unfinished and left without paying service charge which he said he didn't care about because service was "optional anyway". How about non-existent. Ridiculously patronising and unacceptable behaviour. Food is so-so - people go for the buzzy atmosphere, late opening hours and nice waiting staff. Give it a miss - so many better places these days.”
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SH, London (11 years 10 months 15 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: European
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  • Group: Balans

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