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Balans Soho Society Cafe

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34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
44207439330
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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Balans Soho located on Old Compton Street is a local institution renowned for two things. Firstly the food, modern British featuring a wide ranging menu that includes small dishes, large dishes and sides featuring fish, salads, steak, breakfast options and pasta. The food served is truly tasty with the portion sizes slightly larger than normal. The "Eggs in Hell" -... More 

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Woodford
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good menu and food quality, fairly priced, top staff and management who goes all the way to make you enjoy your stay after a night out or lunchtime

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Thank Jack C
London
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306 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What can be better on a sunny day than sitting outside in Soho and watching the world go by! Friendly, efficient staff. Pedro who served us was fantastic. Good tasty food and large portions. Certainly not expensive. House wine £20. A perfect lunch.

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Thank LondonToots
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a regular customer at balans and this is for a reason. Upon each return I am made to feel welcome by all of the waiters and managers. Ovidiu was the first night waiter to serve me with a friend. Immediately he broke the ice by providing such a friendly and personal service. It was almost we had known each... More 

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Munich, Germany
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233 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is what the tiles on the floor say as you enter this classic London establishment....and its true. We were lucky enough to be given a cozy corner table overlooking the street. The menu had plenty of excellent choices including vegetarian and share plates. Cocktails were also delicious. Excellent tastes and presentation.

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Thank Niobe B
Oxford, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great trendy spot for a meal or a coffee. You are located in Soho, and you'll know it from the clientele, and that's fine. Food is good, well prepared, and they listen well to special instructions. Lovely place for a quiet read, or a tete a tete with a friend. Breakfast is terrific.

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Thank AlisonRyde
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I youst to come here a lot and loved it. Since they changed the menu it's hit and miss. Many items I love the breakfast burrito or poached eggs are gone from the menu. However if you go and ask for these like I leave a few times the last few weeks they are obliging and make it tonight out... More 

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Thank Anthony D
Indianapolis, Indiana
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here during the break between Harry Potter part 1 and 2. Service was quick and friendly. Food was very tasty! Just a couple blocks from the theater in Soho. I would recommend to friends and family.

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Thank IndyandBeyond
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, big range of drinks and pastries, the staff is very friendly and the bar located in Soho so anyone can find it. Also the price is very affordable for quality, I always like to come back

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NYC
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161 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Have been here several times for the simple reason it is a good reliable option in Soho for light food, coffee or something heavier.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Cuisine
Contemporary, Cafe, British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
00:00 - 00:00
Monday
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
00:00 - 00:00
Thursday
00:00 - 00:00
Friday
00:00 - 00:00
Saturday
00:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: 44207439330
Description
Originating from the heart of Soho (the colony for the unconventional and the kingdom of the one handed clock), Balans Soho Society reignites the same café still stands where it originally began almost three decades ago. Open around the clock the café has always been a busy hang-out by day and a refuge at 4am for those in need. It boldly asks 'How does one constitute a late breakfast 2pm or 2am? Not for the fainthearted, Balans Soho Society Café is a place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants. It remains a café at heart, while serving up delicious dishes it also serves sandwiches and café style nosh. And it's all done in the spirit of Soho - the iconic corner of London that has always acted as a refuge for outsiders: minorities, eccentrics, bohemians, dreamers...people drawn together by a shared conviction that normal rules don't apply to them. A place to go when you feel like doing things you probably shouldn't.

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