Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tanaka Balance Deli

There is a relatively new yoga studio in downtown Logan. It is called Balance and is run by Larry Tanaka. Balance is located on Federal avenue and utilizes the two buildings that formerly housed On The Avenue craft boutique (and it was Leah's Crafts before that for you old time Loganites). They are situated between The Italian Place (great sandwiches!) to the East and and Why Sound (great live music!) to the West.

I haven't tried the yoga classes yet, but I know several people who have and they all love them.  If you want to experience yoga at Balance they do offer a free class every Thursday evening.  Get there early because the space fills up quickly.

Not only do they offer yoga, Balance also has a lunch counter located in the back of the West half of their building.  They offer healthy lunch choices such as soups, salads, and smoothies.  On Tuesday their facebook page said they would be offering fresh spring rolls for Wednesday's lunch special.

I met my friend A. downtown yesterday and we walked over to Balance for lunch.  The lunch counter is back behind the reception desk and the seating is pretty sparse, if you try them out you may want to get your order to go.

The menu board listed vegetarian, pork, and shrimp spring rolls, tomato basil soup, and a couple different smoothies. Both A. and I opted for a whole shrimp spring roll. These rolls were the largest spring rolls I've ever seen. They were being hand rolled right there in the open kitchen behind the counter and looked good. We were given a choice of plum sauce or fish sauce for dipping and we both chose the plum sauce. The rolls were fresh, cold, crunchy, and very delicious. They ended up being $6.75 for a whole roll (cut into two halves).

Now that being said, I'm going to admit that it wasn't exactly the best value for money.  For a similar price you can get 2 steak tacos with chips, salsa, rice, and beans at The Grill in Aggie Station.  For a fast food comparison you can get a spicey chicken combo at Wendys for a few cents less and that includes a chicken sandwich, a side, and a drink. Yes it was fresh, yes it was delicious, yes it was fast...but it did not satisfy me or my lunch companion.  And as good as these rolls are they were really more of an appetizer.  We ended up splitting a sandwich from from the Italian Place after we left Balance to fill us up and keep us going through the rest of our work day.

To sum up:

+  The food was tasty and served quickly.
-  The seating was limited, and the portion size wasn't great for the price point.

Go in and try them out and let me know what you think.

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