Too much of a good thing is a GOOD THING. A free-spirited stalwart of Kensington High Street for over 15 years, Balans Soho Society has re-emerged from a refreshing and spiffing spruce-up ready to welcome the convivial and creative, the rogues, the rascals and those playful pleasure-seekers once again.
A café, a restaurant, a bar, a member’s establishment and definitely a place where rules are made to be broken – Balans Soho Society is the place to indulge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dark activities in the company of fellow bon vivants from early morning ‘til midnight.
A place to indulge and escape the mundane everyday, Balans Soho Society’s menu is overseen by Executive Chef Crispin Chetwynd, a culinary superstar who has spent time touring the globe with the likes of Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd. The seasonally-changing menu shines a light on the best local produce from the likes of Ginger Pig and H. Forman & Sons(the oldest smokehouse in London). Light bites on petite plates include burnt aubergine baba ghanoush peppered with pomegranate seeds and sumac; thrice-fried chicken with shichimi mayonnaise; and charred squid and chorizo with fried potatoes and piquillo peppers.
The must-see, reinvigorated interior sprung to life from the vision of Simon Costin, who made his name creating outlandish fashion shows for Alexander McQueen and has since worked with Stella McCartney and Hermès. In the refreshed décor, find an eclectic bar and dining room adorned with hanging tapestries and mismatched paintings. A cabinet of curiosities right at the back of the space has been left slightly ajar, offering glimpses of the taxidermy, skulls and vintage dolls.