Balans Branches Out

Balans restaurant, which has

been an anchor on the west side of Lincoln Road Mall since 1997, five

weeks ago opened its' second South Florida location in Mary Brickell

Village (there are five London branches as well). The interior is

modern and minimalist, with outdoor tables spread upon the VIllage

patio. Anglo-Indian proprietor Prady Balan tells Short Order the new

Balans menu is "pretty much the same" as the one in South Beach,

although the downtown venue dictates that this one cater to the

executive lunch crowd -- business lunch specials run weekdays from

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Another distinguishing factor for the new Balans is that it hosts a

late night lounge scene with DJ and full bill of fare until 5:00 a.m.

every Thursday through Saturday. "At 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning,

some people want breakfast, others want burgers, some want pasta."

Still, the late night menu will get whittled down once they see how the

public responds. As Prady puts it, "At the end of the day, the business

is very much dictated by the customers."


Apparently customers have dictated that they want deals. Weekdays, from

3 p.m. to 7 p.m, brings two-for-one cocktails, half-price beer and wine

by the glass, and $2 off all entrees (price range:appetizers around $8,

pastas $13 to $17, and most main courses $12 to $23).

A third local Balans will be opening "sometime in June" at Biscayne

Boulevard and N.E. 67th Street. The moderately priced comfort food

concept will remain the same, but Prady promises a decor that is "going

to be completely different to what Brickell or Lincoln Road looks like"

-- Lee Klein

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