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Balans - Kensington

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187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
Tube - Kensington High Street Buses - 49, 27, 9, 10, 328, 28, C1
+44 (0)20 7376 0115
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Located at 187 Kensington High Street, Balans is open all day from 8am...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great - but you get a 3 because of slipping a 12.5% service charge onto the bill.

We had a cocktail and starter each and shared a pud. The place feels brown and has an Eighties vibe - emphasised by the offers of pepper from large pepper grinders and Madonna singing on the musak. I had the quesedilla with avocado - very tasty - and the shared pudding was a sort of coconut coverup... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Kit-Rabbit
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We had a cocktail and starter each and shared a pud. The place feels brown and has an Eighties vibe - emphasised by the offers of pepper from large pepper grinders and Madonna singing on the musak. I had the quesedilla with avocado - very tasty - and the shared pudding was a sort of coconut coverup of an almost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I was seated promptly and the food was quick. I had the cream-cheese stuffed pain perdue, and it was wonderful. I also tried my friend's berry pancakes and they were some of the best pancakes I've had at a restaurant. There wasn't much food for what you pay; that was the only caveat. Thanks for a great breakfast.

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Me and my boyfriend tend to go here for brunch as often as we can, and we have yet to be disappointed! Nice atmosphere, menu is really good and they serve breakfast until 5pm. Last time we went we had the omelette and Steak & eggs, both really well cooked and arrived within no time at all. We were served... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Six of us had breakfast, food and coffee were fantastic with enough variety for everybody. Staff were very attentive. Food is reasonably priced, definitely visit again. Toilets are down steep stairs making it difficult for older people in the party.

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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Popped in here on impulse as it looked cozy and wasn't too busy, we were not disappointed at all. The prices are good (the cocktails are quite expensive but its a nice treat), the food is perfect and the service is #1. Prices: About £3.50 for a bottled beer £7-8 burger and chips £11-16 main course £8.50 cocktails Considering a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

"The Best Burger I had in London"... Those were my words. My wife raved about the happy hour 2for1 cocktails.Try the "Caramello" to add zest and sparkle back in your wife's eyes after a long day chasing Paddington's Bears. And she thought the waiters were very charming...

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Food is okay and atmosphere, but the Male Manager was extremely rude, never going back, which is a shame as I live around the corner.

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uk
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Popped in here late afternoon one Sunday for a bit to eat after a visit to an exhibition at Olympia. We sat in one of the booth style tables at the back and the service was very attentive with drinks and appetizer orders being taken very quickly. The food was delicious, we opted for the Sunday roast (be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Polite and welcomming staff. Great foods and coffee/tea. We will be visiting again for sure! Best regards A Norwegian couple

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edinburgh
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31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Heary, well cooked breakfast. Had the big £12 breakfast. Bacon and sausage was high quality and OJ fresh. Will be back - great start to the day.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube - Kensington High Street Buses - 49, 27, 9, 10, 328, 28, C1
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7376 0115

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 69
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?