I know! I know! It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done a restaurant review. They’re a great way of connecting with past Burkett customers and see what they’re up to after we supply them. On the recommendation of Inside Sales Manager, AJ Jarouche, Balance: Pan-Asian Grille in Maumee, Ohio was selected as the featured restaurant. When I called to arrange a meeting with the owners, I spoke with Prakash Karamchandani, or PK- the marketing, advertising and branding genius behind Balance. On the day I visited the restaurant, I met with co-owner and culinary expert CJ- aka Chef Banger to learn a little more about Balance and why they chose Burkett’s as their main equipment supplier.
Walking into Balance, I felt like I was transported out of Toledo. The decor is simple and open feeling- the walls are not cluttered with advertisements, and the dining area was bright and inviting. Ordering at Balance is a three part process- pick your protein (meat, tofu, chicken, or seafood), your sauce (choose from 5 different flavors), and your starch (White or Brown Rice, Fried Rice, Noodles or Fresh Greens) to create a sensational meal that leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Balance also offers Egg Roll, Won Tons, Edamame, Hot Soups, and Potstickers. Nothing washes down your meal as good as a drink from their TeaBar served hot or cold. I tried the Lychee BubbleTea served cold. It was like nothing I’ve ever tried before. The Tea was sweet and refreshing but the real kicker was the Tapioca bubbles. Delicious! You’ve really got to try it for yourself to understand what it’s all about!
Their food is a healthier alternative to fast food dining- but as CJ insists, Balance is far more than your typical “healthy restaurant.” The vegetables and meats are purchased from local vendors who support organic, antibiotic and hormone free foods when possible. The chicken for example, is organic free-range and the meats are antibiotic-free and grass fed- two important aspects for healthy living. Vegetables are bought whole and chopped daily and the sauces are made from scratch. Each season, a new dish is introduced and made from fresh seasonal herbs and greens.
Balance’s latest seasonal specialty is Wasabi Chimichurri served as a salad, taco, or pasta (you can also select the Trio which allows you to taste all 3). I had the Wasabi Chimichurri Trio and it was more than tasty. I would highly recommend you try it on your next visit before it’s out of season! New to their menu is the Wok in the Park II- a gluten free and vegan taste devoid of all soy and animal products. “Eleven vegetables strong, this dish will fill you up right with no regrets. It’s served up with Tofu, but you can always opt for another protein.”
So at this point, your probably assuming this healthy food probably lacks a lot of flavor and I’ll tell you- You couldn’t be more wrong! Chef Banger prides himself on the balanced flavors of his sauces that are prepared to compliment your dish and not sacrifice flavor. For being a “healthy” restaurant their food is also extremely affordable- ranging between $5 for a small dish and $10 for a larger portion.
When Balance prepared to open its doors in February 2010 they went to Burkett Restaurant Equipment for their equipment and supplies needs. CJ’s parents, who own a restaurant in Bowling Green, Ohio are long time customers and staying with CJ and PK’s philosophy of supporting local- Burkett’s was a fitting choice. Their proximity to our warehouse and showroom allows Salesman AJ Jarouche to quickly respond to Balance when they need to restock their kitchen or if a problem arises. For example, recently a gas line broke on a piece of equipment and AJ had a new part delivered in two days. It is that kind of personalized service that CJ really appreciates.
It’s clear that Balance’s food is delicious and their concept is definitely unique! So, if your looking for a healthier alternative to fast food in the Toledo area, Burkett Restaurant Equipment highly recommends Balance. In a hurry? Call ahead for pick up! Looking to cater your next event? Balance also offers catering services.
Balance Pan-Asian Grille
- Website: http://www.balancepanasiangrille.com/
- Address: 514 The Boulevard Maumee, Ohio 43537 (behind Cracker Barrel)
- Phone: 419-893-9999
- Email: Info@Balancegrille.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balancegrille