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Balans - Kensington

187 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SH, England
+44 (0)20 7376 0115
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Ranked #1,259 of 16,892 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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87% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Good "modern British" menu, which basically means stealing good stuff from any cuisine plus upmarket pub food. Very reasonably priced, especially for Kensington. Wine list is very good, and again, moderate prices. Above all, excellent service and really enjoyable visit.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Visited June 2014 Would not go back, we went here for drinks and wasn't made to feel special or wanted... I had to prompt the server after sitting there for about 10 minutes to take our order.... The staff didn't look like they wanted to be there, all in all disappointing, and wouldn't recommend

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Kensington is pretty non descript for restaurants but balans is a cut above, especially for brunch. Eggs well cooked, nice bread and very tasty pancakes. Would definitely go again

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Chinnor, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

From the web site we chose Balan's this weekend and it exceeded all expectations. Good food you would expect, and we got that. Good service too you would expect and we got that. You cannot anticipate the buzz though and that is what Balan's is all about; it's fun to be there. So go. We also witnessed one simple act... More

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

A return visit on a very quiet evening during the tube strike, lovely meal, although a tad slow on the service side, I went for the fish and chips, my friend - the Balans Burger, great food apart from the chips, they are enormous, tasteless, lumps of potato, huge chunks that were so obviously not fresh and had been re-heated,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I usually dodge chain restaurants, but our first choice was closed, second choice was not taking bookings, but really happy with the third! Our waiter was witty and amusing and interacted with us really well, always good to start a meal laughing! The cocktails were extremely moreish, I wish we'd had more time there. I opted for the Thai Red... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We lived in Kensington for 3 years and would go to Balans sometimes but mostly for drinks and dinner. We just came back from a visit in Kensington and went to Balans for lunch. 2 people had breakfast and 1 had a starter and we all cleared our plates. Fun atmosphere and great food

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Kronberg im Taunus, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The location is very central at Kensington high street. We got a nice table at the window with very good homemade smoothies. The lady who was serving us did a great job and very courteous. Thank you for your service.

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