Italian inspired. Honest cooking. Balena is the first collaboration of Boka Restaurant Group and The Bristol Group. Recently named one of Bon Appetit's Top 50 Best New Restaurants. Chef Chris Pandel is the executive Chef and he oversees the operations at both The Bristol and Balena.
The name goosefoot didn’t emerge from a fondness for feathered friends or feet, but from our passion to cook with the highest quality seasonal ingredients grown and sourced from small artisan farms.
A goosefoot or chenopodium genus is actually a plant family of great significance to the culinary world. There are 150-varieties in the family some of the species in the genus have leaves that resemble the foot of a goose. A few of our favorites are: Chioggia beets, strawberry blite, Swiss chard, Bull’s Blood, Bordeaux spinach, lamb’s quarters, red orach, epazote and quinoa.