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“Still good but under-staffed in busy periods” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balans Earls Court - CLOSED

Balans Earls Court
239 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9HP, England (South Kensington)
02082448838
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Price range: $16 - $40
Cuisines: French, American, British, Bistro
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: South Kensington
Transit: Tube - Earls Court; Bus - 14, 74, 148, 328, C1, C3
Description: Located at 239 Old Brompton Street, Balans is open from 7.30am until midnight Monday to Friday and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays it stays open till 1am. The comfortable dining room and conservatory offer 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 Earls Court is the perfect place for a great dining experience.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Still good but under-staffed in busy periods”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We went for our usual Sunday brunch on a cold day when the place was busy although not completely full.

We were seated and able to give the order promptly to our friendly waiter but there was a long wait before our drinks arrived and, despite another request, they arrived with the food which we had spotted getting cold on the counter while they sorted the drinks. Hmmmm

Our eggs Benedict were OK but the sauce was a bit bland (lacking salt perhaps?) and we forgot how doughy English Muffins are as our Cafe back home serves them on toast.

The granary toast was nice and, after a request for extra strength, the tea is now much improved, I am pleased to report.

I suspect the problem was with the increased numbers over their regular Sunday custom but I have been there when it has been busy before and don't recall similar issues.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“The Ideal Neighborhood Diner. Tiara misu or Full Breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is what we used to have in the States. A corner hang-out for local people to grab a bite or have a filling meal. Fast and efficient or just spread out the paper. It's a basic deli menu and served up well: grilled favorites and great salads. Your wine's not chilled enough? You're in the wrong place. Roll with it. It's a great mix of characters (when I'm there) but always welcoming. Last week I saw a Japanese tourists come in. She spoke no english. But they got it sorted!

There certainly was a great view - lots of young stylish people passing on the street. There's street-side cafe eating and big tables inside to have instant birthdays.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Sunday brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I've been for lunch and dinner but always enjoy Sunday brunch! The full English is great and the coffee is very good. There's a variety of different dishes but the atmosphere and service makes the visit even more enjoyable. It's a favourite with local residents so you might have to wait if you've not reserved a table. If you're coming for dinner don't forget to arrive before 7pm or you'll miss the happy hour two-for-one cocktail special!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very patchy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Always great service and atmosphere but food only average at best. I've had great breakfasts but dinner always hit and miss

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Used to be better.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Used to be regular customers of both Balans Earls Court and Soho. We will not be back in a rush. Service was mixed - one friendly waiter but the rest of the staff nonchalant at best and not interested in comments about food. Wine was not chilled enough, and food was very disappointing. Shrimp linguine was dreadful - overdone chilli masking an unpleasant taste. Huge home cut chips not touched. Other diners were also complaining about food. Shame. It all felt rather unloved and needing a revamp. Wish we'd gone elsewhere.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Megan B, Public Relations Manager at Balans Earls Court, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Dear Customer,

On behalf of Balans please accept my sincere apologies for your recent negative experience. We always welcome feedback and are always looking to improve. I'm sorry that your comments were not handled properly by your waiter and I hope you won’t be deterred from giving us another try.
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