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Balans Soho Society in Victoria reviewed by Stephen Vowles

There is a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about the Balans Soho Society brand. A certain something that is both distinctive and hugely enjoyable as a dining experience – and the restaurant in Victoria is no different.

The large and very airy addition to the chain is decorated with an exuberant panache and flair, just like the other branches, with very amusing props hidden in corners that once glanced certainly could start a conversation. The emphasis is on comfort with a large number of booths partnered with a long bar that enables people to look out across the large outside dining veranda. 

The menu has been put together offering a selection of dishes that, to use a well worn but effective description, are mouth-watering. Kicking off with the Strawberry Refresher and Dessert Rose cocktails, these beautifully presented drinks did not disappoint as the taste certainly matched the prettiness of the drinks. 

For starters we opted for the Pumpkin Tortellini, which was a rather unexpected blend of flavours with a lemony vinaigrette merged with an oil sensation that really promoted the taste of the pumpkin. As my dining companion is vegan this made for a very satisfactory feeling. I went for the Monkfish Scampi that simply was delicious. 

The main courses we chose were the Thai Red Curry (vegetable option) and the Cornish Crab Linguine. Our waiter suggested adding shrimps to this dish which really made this dish quintessentially Balans. The freshness of the ingredients was clearly evident and choosing the wine was actually very easy, going for the Giovanni Puiatti, Pinot Grigio from Veneto Italy; a superb dry white and a fine example of the grape. 

Dessert had to be the palate-cleansing Lemon Sorbet and a rather naughty treat of the Chocolate and Orange Sundae, totally scrumptious. For a business lunch or dinner or just to be with friends, Balans Soho Society in Victoria is charming, excellent value and the staff are attentive without being intrusive. Well worth a visit. A culinary delectation.

Pictures by GAT

Balans Soho Society, Victoria is at Cardinal Place Roof Garden Level, 12 Cardinal Walk, London SW1E 5JE. Open 7 days a week Monday – Saturday 8am – 10.30pm and Sunday 9-5pm. Reservations: 020 7630 7390 www.balans.co.uk

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