Bala Baya: Tel Aviv inspired restaurant and cocktail bar in Southwark

Bala Baya brings the essence of Tel Aviv to Bankside’s Union Street Arches, the first stand-alone project from Israeli born Chef Eran Tibi, whose vibrantly progressive cuisine pays homage to his roots. Eran’s creations draw ideas from traditional Israeli dishes whilst adding the unique essence of Bala Baya. We are all about embracing sharing in its true form with a hands-on, hands-in approach to family-style dining that focuses on the pure enjoyment of fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients.

With the restaurant paying tribute to the city’s atmosphere which has been carefully replicated by multi-award-winning designer, Afroditi Krassa. Inspired by the Bauhaus architecture, Bala Baya has created a kaleidoscope space that allows you to experience the sun-kissed youthfulness of Tel Aviv from the heart of London.

Follow the camel and enjoy Eran Tibi’s poem to Tel Aviv….

 

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  • Monday - Wednesday
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Thursday - Friday
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Saturday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm

FOR BOOKINGS OVER 6 PEOPLE, PLEASE EMAIL US ON

bookings@balabaya.co.uk
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  • Arch 25,
  • Old Union Yard Arches
  • 229 Union Street
  • London SE1 0LR

If you are having difficulty booking a table, please call the restaurant on (+44) 020 8001 7015 and we will be happy to assist in any way we can.
Cancellation policy: 24 hours
Non-compliance will result in a cancellation fee of £20pp.

  • Monday - Wednesday
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Thursday - Friday
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Saturday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm & 6:00pm – 10:15pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • Arch 25,
  • Old Union Yard Arches
  • 229 Union Street
  • London SE1 0LR
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BALA BAYA SHOOK

WEEKDAYS FROM 12 TO 3PM

  • POWER LUNCH     17

    One plate, one salad, pita & dip

  • POWER LUNCH FOR 2     32

    Two plates, two salads, pita & dip

  • Add dessert     6

PITA

  • Caramelized Cauliflower     7

    Soft herb salad, tomato & chilli, tahini

  • Pork Belly     9

    Gem lettuce, kimchi, Sriracha mayo

  • Braised Beef Shoulder     9

    Rocket salad, tahini, tomato

SALADS 

  • Roasted Vegetables     6.5

    Courgettes, mushrooms, soft herbs, Parmesan shavings, barberries

  • New Potato    5.5

    Leek, sour cream, dill

  • Turmeric Cauliflower    6

    Tahini, pomegranate seeds, rose petals, hazelnuts, parsley

  • Please note our Shook salads change daily 

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     4.5

    House Baked

  • Geens    6

    Chard leaves, broccoli, baby gem, garlic, vinaigrette, Pecorino, sumac 

  • Tomato & Manouri   8

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelionleafs, coriander, blackberry vinaigrette

  • Chickpea Hummus     6.5

    Mixed spices, pine nuts, pickled chillies, tomato pulp, pita

  • Cauliflower     8

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Aubergine Tea with Milk    9

    Date puree, citrus buttermilk, hazelnuts 

  • Prawn Baklava     11

    King prawns, kadaif, lime marmalade, lime cream, Persian lime & Nori dust, pistachios

  • Catch Of The Day     13

    Fresh fennel, burnt sage & lemon, grilled vine tomato, butter & anise sauce

  • Kipper & Corn    12

    St Ives smoked wild kipper, sweet garlic, paprika, polenta, black grape & coriander

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     9.5

    Chicken thighs, bitter orange, harissa, kimchi, butternut squash puree, hazelnuts, sumac

  • Chickpea & Lamb     11

    Chickpea hummus, braised lamb forequarter, dukkah, pine nuts

  • Pig & Grapefruit    11

    Pork belly, spiced caramel, kohlrabi, salted peanuts

  • Rubbed Chop     9.5

    Grilled lamb chop, smoked spices, pomegranate, baby gem

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     7

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaisee

  • The Cheesecake     7

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters, tahini crumble

  • Parsnip & Honey Semifredo    8

    Butterscotch, honeycomb

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DINNER

MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY, FROM 5PM - 10PM

THURSDAY TO FRIDAY, FROM 5PM - 10:15PM

SATURDAY, FROM 6PM - 10:15PM

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     4.5

    House baked

  • Green Tel     11

    Summer greens, Galia melon, macadamia, blossom honey, aromatic seeds, rosary goats cheese 

  • Wild Tomatoes     8

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelion leaves, coriander, balckberry vinaigrette  

  • Chickpea Hummus     7

    Mixed spices, pine nuts, pickled chillies, tomato pulp, pita

  • Aubergine Tea with Milk     11

    Date puree, lime yoghurt hazelnuts

  • Brick Potato     9

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish, pecan & crispy onion crumb

  • White Pepper & Freekeh    11

    Spice freeman, sour cherries, dill, mint & cucumber yoghurt soup 

  • Cauliflower & Roe    12

    Cauliflower florets, fermented harissa, sweetcorn, black pepper, cured fish roe 

  • Sunny Ceviche   16

    Yellow Tiger's milk, mango, salted red onions, red basil 

  • Prawn Baklava     14

    King prawns, kadaif, bitter lime syrup, lime cream, Persian lime & Nori dust, pistachios

  • Octopus & Black    12

    Baby octopus, garlic & turmeric crust, blackened aubergine, harissa caramel

  • Fish & Fennel     Market Price 

    Fresh fennel, burnt sage, lemon, vine tomatoes, butter & arak

  • Laffa Couture   18

    Iraqi flat bread, slow roasted lamb belly, smoked sticky plum, radish & chervil 

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     11

    Chicken thighs, bitter orange, harissa, kimchi, butternut squash puree, hazelnuts, sumac

  • Dak Dak   13

    West Country reared venison lion, grape, lemon thyme, green chilli, Parmesan 

  • Minute Steak     16

    West Country reared venison, date & yeast butter, tahini, Kalamata, tomato 

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     8

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     8

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters, tahini crumble

  • Malibu Malabi     8

    Coconut, orange blossom, mango, yuzu, sumac, rose

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TASTING MENU £42pp

PLATES

  • Chickpea Hummus 

    Mixed spices, pine nuts, pickled chillies, tomato pulp, pita

  • Cauliflower & Roe

    Cauliflower florets, fermented harissa, sweetcorn, black pepper, cured fish roe  

  • Sunny Ceviche 

    Yellow Tiger's milk, mango, salted red onion, red basil 

  • Wild Tomatoes 

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelion leaves, coriander,
    blackberry vinaigrette

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy

    Chicken thighs, bitter orange, harissa, kimchi, butternut squash puree, hazelnuts, sumac

  • Minute Steak

    West Country reared venison, date & yeast butter, tahini, Kamalata, tomato 

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • or

    The Cheescake

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters,
    tahini crumble

  • or

    Malibu Malabi 

    Coconut, orange blossom, mongo, yuzu, sumac, tahini crumble 

TASTING MENU £53pp

PLATES

  • Chickpea Hummus 

    Mixed spices, pine nuts, pickled chillies, tomato pulp, pita

  • Cauliflower & Roe

    Cauliflower florets, fermented harissa, sweetcorn, black pepper, cured fish roe 

  • Laffa Couture 

    Iraqi flat bread, slow roasted lamb, smoked sticky plum, radish & chervil 

  • Aubergine Tea with Milk

    Date puree, citrus buttermilk, hazelnuts

  • Minute Steak 

    West Country reared venison, date & yeast butter, tahini, Kamalata, tomato 

  • Brick Potato

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish, pecan & crispy onion crumb

  • Fish & Fennel

     Burnt sage & lemon, grilled vine tomato, butter & arak

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • or

    The Cheescake

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters,
    tahini crumble

  • or

    Malibu Malabi 

    Coconut, orange blossom, mango, yuzu, sumac, rose 

VEGAN TASTING MENU £38pp

PLATES

  • Cauliflower 

    Cauliflower florets, fermented harissa, sweetcorn, pomegranate,  black pepper 

  • Chickpea Hummus

  • Aubergine Tea & Sesame Butter

    Date puree, sesame butter, hazelnuts

  • Wild Tomato 

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelion leaves, coriander, blackberry vinaigrette 

  • Green Tel

    Summer greens, Galia melon, macadamia, aromatic seeds 

  • White pepper & Freekeh

    Peppers, spiced freekeh, sour cherries, dill tahini  

DESSERT

  • Malibu Malabi 

    Coconut, organe blossom, mango, yuzu, sumac, rose 

VEGETARIAN TASTING MENU £35pp

PLATES

  • Cauliflower

    Cauliflower florets, fermented harissa, sweetcorn, pomegranate, black pepper 

  • Chickpea Hummus

  • Green Tel

    Summer greens, Galia melon, macadamia, blossom honey, aramatic seeds

  • Wild Tomatoes 

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelion leaves, coriander, blackberry vinaigrette 

  • Aubergine Tea & Milk

    Date puree, citrus buttermilk, hazelnuts 

  • Brick Potato

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish, pecan & crispy onion 

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Chocolate & hazelnut spread, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • or

    Malibu Malabi 

    Coconut, orange blossom, mango, yuzu, sumac, rose

  • or

    The Original Cheesecake

    White chocolate cheesecake, salted caramel, banana fritter, tahini crumble

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WEEKEND BRUNCH

WEEKENDS FROM 10:30AM TO 4PM

SMALL PLATES

Small Plates   10pp

All six plates included served with grilled lemon thyme pita

  • Aubergine  Mess
  • Hummus &  Harrisa 
  • Pickle & Sumac
  • Beetroot & Quince
  • Pepper & Rose 
  • Chopped Liver
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BRUNCH
  • Turkish Eggs     11

    Garlic yogurt, poached eggs, harissa burnt butter, pickled chillies, pita crumb

  • Pita Melt     13

    Fried egg, taleggio cheese, portobello mushroom, porcini & green pepper sauce

  • Blackberry Pitta French Toast     9

    Banana tempura, maple, pecan & chocolate brittle

  • Rippled Eggs & Salt Baked Salmon Shawarma   12

    Garlic yoghurt, apple & celery, herbs, grilled pita

  •  Spiced Vension Steak & Eggs     16

    West Country reared venison , smashed potatoes, pickled chilli salsa, harissa, hollandaise

  • Shakshuka with Aubergine or Lamb     11 / 14

    Eggs, rich tomato sauce, spiced aubergine or lamb, preserved lemon & date tahini

  • Yemeni Pancakes     12

    Hard boiled egg, herb salad, chili & coriander green tahini

  • Pocket of Love     15

    Beef & lamb stuffed pita, whipped tahini, Sharon fruit salsa, soft herbs

  • Catch Of The Day    13

    Fresh fennel, burnt sage & lemon, grilled vine tomato, butter & anise sauce

EXTRAS

Shawarma spiced chips, garlic aioli     4

Cured salmon     3

More meat     3

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The Festive season is upon us and there is nothing we do better than throw a good party!

From private dinners, total takeovers and the office shindig, we can cater for them all! 

CLICK HERE to enquire and let us do the hard work, whilst you focus on getting your outfit right!