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

Bala Baya is a bakery in the morning, a fast paced pitta kiosk with a sit down mezzanine at lunch and a buzzy street level restaurant at night. Our food is rooted in tradition but with a progressive and modern take.

It is chef Eran Tibi’s poem to Tel Aviv. It’s about an honest love between food and people. His love of Tel Aviv and its many unique eating habits has inspired him to create a menu that mimics a day in the life of the “White City”.

Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, Bala Baya has created a kaleidoscopic space that allows you to experience the sun-kissed youthfulness of Tel Aviv from the heart of Southwark.

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  • Monday - Friday
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 5:00pm

FOR BOOKINGS OVER 6 PEOPLE, PLEASE EMAIL US AT

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 £15pp for lunch/brunch and £20pp for dinner.

  • Monday - Friday
  • 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  • 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 5:00pm
  • 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     19

    One plate, one salad, pita & dip

  • POWER LUNCH FOR 2     36

    Two plates, two salads, pita & dip

  • Add dessert     6

PITA

  • House-Cured Salmon     8

    Soft herb salad, pomegranate,molasses,tahini

  • Caramelized Cauliflower     7

    Soft herb salad, tomato & chilli, tahini

  • Braised Beef Shoulder     9

    Rocket salad, tahini, tomato

SALADS

  • Beetroot Salad     6

    Red onion, mint, parsley, red wine vinegar, orange zest, feta cheese, pistachios

  • Roasted Aubergine     5.5

    Walnuts, mixed herbs, chili

  • Tabbouleh     5

    Bulgur, tomato, cucumber, spring onion, parsley, sumac

  • Carrots & Chickpea     6.5

    Mixed herbs, chili, turmeric, cumin

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     3.5

  • Burnt Broccoli     7

    Harissa, dates & miso butter

  • Chickpea Hummus     6.5

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

  • Cauliflower     8

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Aubergine Mess     9

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, lychee, tahini

  • Prawn Baklava     11

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

  • Octopussy     12

    Braised octopus, courgette, mango, olives

  • Catch Of The Day     13

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

  • 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

  • Rubbed Chops     9.5

    Grilled lamb chop, smoked spices, pomegranate, baby gem

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     7

    Chocolate & hazelnut spread, stewed plums, anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     7

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters, tahini crumble

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DINNER

MONDAY TO FRIDAY, FROM 5 TO 11PM
SATURDAY, FROM 6 TO 11PM

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     3

  • Burnt Broccoli     6

    Harissa, dates & miso butter

  • Chunky Veg     6

    Tomato, cumber, fennel, chillies, feta, soft herbs

  • Chickpea Hummus     6

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

  • Aubergine Mess     11

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, lychee, tahini

  • Cauliflower     9

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Potato Tempura     8

    Double fried potato, turmeric tempura, chili & grape relish, garlic aioli

  • Get Stuffed     21

    Freekeh, morels, caramelised onion, cabbage, quince, verjus

  • Prawn Baklava     14

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

  • Octopussy     14

    Braised octopus, courgette, mango, olives

  • Fish & Fennel     26

    Whole sea bass, fresh fennel, burnt sage, lemon, vine tomatoes, butter & anise sauce

  • Green Mackerel     11

    Mackerel tartar, green gazpacho, granny smith apples, crispy capers

  • Harissa & Maple Salmon     11

    Cured salmon, sharon fruit, bitter lemon, brick noodles, dill

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     11

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

  • Poussin & Fig     25

    Spatchcock spring chicken, lemon, sumac, Mixed herbs & Kalamata salad, fig jus

  • Chickpea & Lamb     11

    Chickpea hummus, braised lamb forequarter, dukkah, pine nuts

  • Rubbed Chops     18

    Grilled lamb chops, smoked spices, pomegranate

  • Beef & Potato     16

    Beer braised beef shin, potato & chive dumplings, spiced pair, pita crumb

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     8

    Chocolate & hazelnut spread, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     8

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters, tahini crumble

  • Cherry Malibi     6

    Coconut & Malibu set milk, cheery compote, pistachio praline, rose petals

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SWEET WINES

  • Carmes De Rieussec Savuingon blanc, Sauternes France 2008     13 / 59

    Apricot, white peach, honey

  • Fanti Vinsanto, Malvasia, Tuscany. Italy 2010     16 /69

    Aromatic, rasisns, walnut

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The tasting menu is for the whole table to share and is available for a minimum of 2 guests

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WEEKEND BRUNCH

WEEKENDS FROM 10:30AM TO 4PM

SMALL PLATES

  • Unlimited plates     8pp

  • All plates served with grilled lemon thyme pitta

  • Hummus & chickpea salsa

    Miso & harissa butter

    Sweet potato, aubergine & walnuts

    Tomato & garlic relish

    Fiery Romero peppers & green chillies

    Beets & Quince

    Yoghurt & green harissa Tabbouleh

    Spiced Carrots

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

  • Smokey Trout & Rice     16

    Burnt end cumin rice, oak smoked trout, soft boiled egg, zhoug & herbs

  • Steak & Eggs     16

    Sticky date beef, 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

  • Arak Salmon     12

    Harissa cornbread, smashed avocado, poached eggs, house cured salmon, grape salsa

  • Pocket of Love     15

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

ROAST
  • Poussin & Fig     25

    Spatchcock spring chicken, lemon, sumac, herbs & Kalamata olive salad, fig jus

  • Get Stuffed     21

    Freekeh, morels, caramelized onion, cabbage, quince, verjus

  • Fish & Fennel     26

    Whole filleted sea bass, fresh fennel, burnt sage & lemon, grilled vine tomato, butter & anise sauce

EXTRAS

Shawarma spiced chips, garlic aioli     4

Chunky salad with feta     6

Cured salmon     3

More meat     3

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