You’ve all seen on my socials recently how much I love a burger. and how I am trying to put on some weight. So when the opportunity presented itself to go for food with a media owner to Balans Soho Society in Westfield, there was no way I was going to miss it.
If you are not familiar with Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, there is a little strip of restaurants towards the back. All of them have outdoor areas and while being next to a shopping centre isn’t the prettiest of settings to sit outside and enjoy a meal, where is in London to be honest? We sat outside as it was a warm day, and all of the restaurants on that strip have cover anyway.
Before my visit here I must admit, I had no idea what Balans Soho Society was or that they were famous for. Had you have said Balans to me two weeks ago I would have assumed you were swearing at me in some sort of code. That might sound like something no one would ever actually do, but rest assured they do. In fact, all of my mates kids have figured out what Richard is short for and they now go around calling each other “Richard head”.
Once I found out Balans Soho Society were famous for their burgers, that was what I was going to order. I feel like you always know you are going to get a half-decent burger when they ask you how you want it cooked. At least you are not going to be presented with something charred so badly it looks like it fell through the grill on the BBQ.
The “infamous” Balans burger comes with Red Leicester, maple bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, red onion marmalade and fries on the side. The only one small negative was that it came in a brioche bun. I don’t understand why brioche is having such a renaissance at the moment but I just don’t agree with a sweet bun for savoury food. Luckily though, the contents of the burger were so good, they cancelled out the brioche bun. The dill doesn’t seem like a very prominent flavour mixed in with all of the other ingredients, but it really did give it a little kick. The red onion marmalade also gave a little extra dimension to the flavour. The thing is about a “posher” burger is that you are actually getting a good helping of beef, some of your 5 a day and then some well-needed carbs from the fries on the side.
If you are in the area and you are looking for a burger with a little bit of luxury to it, you should try Balans Soho Society.
*I visited Balans of Soho as a paying customer. They are not affiliated with this review in any way and this post is not sponsored. This page and blog theme contains affiliate advertising.
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