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Balans - Kensington

187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 (0)20 7376 0115
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Ranked #1,245 of 17,214 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $69
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Tube - Kensington High Street Buses - 49, 27, 9, 10, 328, 28, C1
Description: Located at 187 Kensington High Street, Balans is open all day from 8am until midnight 7 days a week. The comfortable and relaxed dining room offers the perfect location to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Balans offers a seasonal menu as well as changing daily specials using the best and freshest ingredients available. Breakfast specialities include eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes as well as a traditional English breakfast. House specialities are steaks, seafood, the famous Balans burger as well as truly tempting desserts. With a varied modern brasserie style menu Balans really hits the spot. Balans also offers an extensive wine menu and a cocktail bar serving a wide range of delicious drinks, including martinis, mojitos and frozen daiquiris. Famous for a warm welcome and friendly service, Balans High Street Kensington is the perfect place for a great dining experience.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My favorite lunch in Balans is egg benedicts simple or with spinach and spicy mary. Delicius who made in Balans both in Soho or Kensigton. I really tip this cafè for brekfast or lunch

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65 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Had a local fish and chips. Fish was done OK not the rest.The restaurant is located in Kensimgton high street end.There are quite a few other coffee shops and restaurants are closeby.Service charge is included in the bill.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Stopped here for a drink before a meal and tried their extremely good cocktails. On finishing one was surprised by David (one of the staff) coming up, taking my empty glass and saying mournfully "sorry for your loss" to my forlorn drink. David was brilliant, amazing service from him and his colleague and resulted in us returning to Balans for... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We were walking around Kensington high street area looking for a place to eat and we jumped into this place bc our first choice was closed for 3-6pm so we thought this might just be ok, but it was awesome! Great food and great staff. We had a real British waiter which was a pleasant surprise! Descent price too

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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I live just around the corner from Balans and I love coming here, on my own for a coffee or lunch or with family and friends for any occasion. The food is always good and the service is friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I visited this branch of Balans with colleagues for post - work cocktails. The serivce was very good and the cocktails were 2-4-1, so no complaints! Definately worth a visit for food and/or drinks.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The food was OK, service OK. Felt annoyed with the sneaky way they included the 'optional 12.5% service charge' in the bill total. I would probably go again, next time trying a different dish (i ordered kedegree this time) and maybe a different branch to see if my experience would be different.

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London, United Kingdom
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94 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Ate here last night - before opera at Holland Park Very happy with the two for one cocktail offer which meant I had two Absolut martinis for £7.50 - seemed to be lots of people enjoying that offer! Food was great - very nicely presented and cheerfully served. Particularly enjoyed my perfectly cooked tuna and my companions fish and chips... More

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25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Went for breakfast on our way to Wimbledon for a day of tennis. Great start to our day fabulous food the Steak eggs (your choice poached fried or scrambled) and Balans potatoes was lovely and the Breakfast special full english a fruit juice and pancake with fruit superb set us up for a great day

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After a day of museum, we walked down the high street and we read the menu decided to give this a try. A good decision from us as the dishes were quick to the table, fresh and delicious. The side order of chips was yummy, maybe the portion was a bite small for really hungry people. Overall experience was good,... More

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