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

  • Porcini stuffed cabbage   13

    Freekeh, morels, verjus, stewed quince

  • Chickpea Hummus     6.5

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

  • Cauliflower & Roe     8

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

  • Aubergine Mess    8

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee

  • 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

  • Octopus & Black  12

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

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     9.5

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

  • Laffe Couture    13

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

  • Spiced Lamb Parcels     12

    Lamb, bulagr wheat, caramelised onion, tahini

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     7

    Festive spice, blood orange, vanilla, crème pâtissière, pecan

  • 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

  • Aubergine Mess 11

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee

  • Wild Tomatoes     8

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

  • Chickpea Hummus     7

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

  • Porcini & Freekeh   14

    Turkish cabbage, morels, verjus, stewed quince

  • Smashed Roasties   11

    Potato, celeriac & macadamia puree, nutmeg, black truffle

  • Cauliflower & Roe    12

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

  • Mackerel & Harissa    13

    Confit mackerel, harissa, Sharon fruit, mustard cress

  • 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

  • Lamb Parcel  12

    Spiced bulagr wheat, caramelised onion, tahini

  • Game    16

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

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     8

    Festive spice, blood orange, vanilla, crème pâtissière, pecan

  • 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  

  • Mackerel & Harissa 

    Confit mackerel, Harissa, Sharon fruit, mustard cress 

  • 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

  • Game

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

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

     Festive spice, blood orange, vanilla, crème patissière, pecan

  • 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 Mess

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee

  • Lamb Parcels 

    Spiced bulagr wheat, caramelised onion, tahini

  • Smashed Roasties

    Potato, celeriac & macadamia puree, nutmeg, black truffle

  • 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 Mess

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee

  • Wild Tomatoes

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

  • Festive Greens

    Chard leaves, garlic vinaigrette, sumac, duck egg

  • Porcini & Freekeh

    Turkish cabbage, morels, verjus, stewed quince

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

  • Festive Greens

    Chard leaves, garlic vinaigrette, sumac,

  • Wild Tomatoes 

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

  • Aubergine Mess

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee

  • Smashed Roasties 

    Potato, sesame puree, nutmeg, balck 

DESSERTS

  •  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

BACK TO TOP

There is nothing we love more than to throw a good party, and this NYE we pull out all the stops with the ultimate celebration, as we pay tribute to Tel Aviv’s

“White Night Festival.”

Kick off the night with 2 hours free-flowing drinks, feast on a luxurious canapé and bowl food selection then dance with us into 2020 with our DJ spinning beats on the decks all night! 

£85pp, 9 pm till late!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK!