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REVIEW: Balans Soho Society, Soho

REVIEW: Balans Soho Society, Soho


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The busy streets of Soho can be heaven or hell, depending on what time it is, how much it’s raining and how many G&Ts your mate made you down in Bar Soho because ‘it’s Thursday!’.

What you need is a calming place to drop into, with good food, music and a bit of a buzz. Balans Soho Society offers a lengthy list of libations, so even if it’s a quieter evening (warning: here they’re few and far between) you can sort out the buzz part all on your own.

We started our visit with charred squid and chorizo, alongside fried potatoes and piquillo peppers – a healthy portion we knew would fill us up too much for mains, but so delicious we couldn’t quite stop eating. The next course was a gorgeous hand-picked Cornish crab linguine, alongside a hefty rump of Yorkshire lamb, as recommended by our waiter. It’s always a pleasure to dine out when the staff have a true passion for the food, and here, we felt that really and truly.

It comes with charred baby gem (this side keeps popping up everywhere lately, and we love it), but goats curd and semi-dried tomatoes packed a real punch, cutting through the unctuous meat with sharp flavours.


Thanks to a recent revamp, the atmosphere is sharp and sophisticated. Dark wallpapers and plush furnishings lend the place to long, lingering dates in dark corners, but there are plenty of business associates and small groups of friends kicking back with cocktails and nibbles, too. We put beer-battered monkfish scampi on our list for our next visit, as well as the smoked almond Brie, having watched them sail past our heads to another table with true envy.

Cocktails left us in a whirl as we tried to pick from the huge list – but a Blueberry Banger and a Passion Fruit and Pineapple Swizzle finally caught the eye. The former, a deft mixture of Ron Abuelo rum, blueberry, lime, ginger beer, the latter a light and zingy Ron Abuelo rum base with pineapple, lemon and prosecco. Perfection.

Dessert was naughty and entirely unnecessary – as every good pudding should be. A towering triangle of thick cream and almost an entire banana made up the majestic Banoffee Pie, but it has to be seen to be believed – so here it is:

We left satisfied, sated and safe in the knowledge of a sassy new Soho hangout (how’s that for alliteration) – and we can guarantee you’ll do the same.

If you do one thing after you leave (apart from flop on the sofa, full and happy), heed the restaurant’s advice – these guys know what they’re talking about, after all.

Amy @ Fashionbite xx


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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