Japanese Uni Pasta. Photo Credit – 52Chefs
Every restaurant has its signatures; not every restaurant has an icon dish. But Brickell’s London-meets-Miami restaurant, Balan’s does.
A savory home for hungry locals, executive lunch-goers, fine diners, late-night drinkers, and festive brunchers, Balan’s menu is truly global. Chef Richard Jimenez is a dedicated and passionate chef who likes to take guests on a culinary journey, offering a brasserie-style concept with an emphasis on fresh local produce, seasonal products, and a fully-scratch kitchen. The modern European chic bar & brasserie is home to more than its share of groundbreaking dishes — including a Japanese Uni Pasta (Hokkaido sea urchin, saffron velouté and fresh linguine) and the Colorado Lamb Chop (grilled 8 oz. T-bone lamb chop served with balsamic lamb jus, blackberries, fresh herbs, confit fingerling potatoes served on lavender dill aioli). It’s the uncommon ingredients, balanced and flavor-forward dishes that regularly steal the show at Balan’s.
Chilean Sea Bass. Photo Credit – 52Chefs
Other unique dishes include the Chilean Sea Bass (pan-seared Sea Bass, coconut yam puree, braised Brussels, plum chutney and beurre blanc) and Crab Pasta (linguine, lardon cream, fresh lime spritz, petite cilantro). Sometimes a meal is memorable enough that you crave it long after the plates are cleared, and that’s what you’ll get with Balan’s. Their newly designed food and drinks menus further showcase the family’s across-the-pond culture, adapted to the Miami market and offering more of a brasserie-style concept that emphasizes fresh, local produce, and healthy eating.
The story of Balan’s began in 1987 London, when the Balan family first opened the Old Compton Cafe. Soon after, the name was changed to become the renowned Balan’s we know today. In 1997, the owners yearned for sunnier climates and palm trees and decided to move stateside. In 2008, they opened Balan’s Bar & Brasserie, located in the heart of Brickell. In 2020, Balan’s was re-envisioned, completely renovated and brought back to its roots in a more refined way to reflect the vision of the second generation of Balan’s. Husband and wife Jonathan and Keva wanted to create a chic brasserie focusing on European cuisine and craft cocktails, a space that they could be proud of as self-described foodies. Jonathan and Keva are true believers in creating a space with a great vibe that also delivers on service and quality while buying and supporting local. Staying true to their vision, they work together with Chef Jimenez to develop seasonal menus incorporating ingredients from some of the best local vendors in Miami. Located at 901 S Miami Ave Suite 108, Miami, FL 33130 | (305) 809-8587. For more information about Balan’s, please visit balansbrickell.com. Follow Balan’s on Instagram at @balansbrickell and Facebook at Facebook.com/BalansBrickell.