Bala Baya


Mon - Fri / 12 - 3pm + 5 - 11pm
Sat - 11 - 4pm + 5 - 11pm
Sun - 11 - 4pm + 5 - 9pm


For group bookings over 20 people, please email us.


Adventurous Eating
by Chef Eran Tibi


Adventurous Eating by Chef Eran Tibi

Bala Baya brings an authentic taste of the Middle East to South London. In true Eran fashion, we’ve brought everything needed to make a mini slice of Middle Eastern culture – our own pita oven, house made Gazoz, Bauhaus architecture and a soundtrack to match. So Yalla Yalla, come enjoy in Bala Baya style.

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"The service at Bala Baya is excellent, with friendly and attentive staff. It's a good restaurant for weekend brunch. Whether you're a vegetarian or a meat lover, Bala Baya has something for you." Peter, Google Sept 2023
"Amazing food and service. We had the sharing tasting menu for 2, and honestly it was so much food. 3 large plates of food to be eaten with dips, a cauliflower roast and a whole sea bass later, absolutely stuffed. Deliciously stuffed." Kiyam, Google May 2023
"Fantastic food. So well spiced and great combinations with layers of different flavours and textures. All perfectly cooked and presented. Staff are friendly too. The perfect place for a date or an outing with friends." - Richard, Google, Feb 2023

An authentic taste of the Middle East in the heart of Central London

Are you searching cool restaurants in Central London looking for a dining experience that’s a bit different?

In the beating heart of theatreland, is a unique restaurant in London, a Southwark restaurant like no other. When you’re sharing time with us, you’re family.

Experience the warmth and openness of genuine Eastern Mediterranean culture with a modern twist on exquisite food. We want you to feel at home in our restaurant in a way you will never have had in any other restaurant before.

We celebrate the uniqueness of our guests as much as we do our dishes. We are proud of what we’ve created here in Southwark and can’t wait to share it with you.

Bala Baya is a south bank restaurant focusing on Middle Eastern dishes that will leave you speechless, with a wide array of fun, delicious food. We’ve made sure everyone will have a great time, find what they want, feel inspired and enjoy an unforgettable time with us at one of the most unique Central London restaurants.

A diverse spectrum of life, a rhythmic fusion of food and culture

Bala Baya is our home under the arches, a Bauhaus in South London, bringing the vibes of the bustling streets of the Middle Eastto the endless cultural melting pot that is London town.

Life is a journey and a celebration, and we want to make it just a little bit more interesting. With our fearless approach to making ideas into reality we believe that food should be a journey, as life is, with all the unpredictability and excitement that brings.

Join super-star chef Eran Tibi as he welcomes you to discover the upper limits of flavour and then pushes beyond them to create dishes  more wonderful than anything you will have sampled before.

Experience dining remade, revamped, rebuilt from the ground up. With a warm welcome to everyone and anyone that wants to go on the journey with us.

We’re saying it: experience the best restaurant in Southwark

Situated in amongst the best theatres in the nation, Bala Baya is the perfect place to energise your evening after taking in an exciting show.

We don’t do anything piecemeal here at Bala Baya London; with our restaurant space, we wanted to be as experimental and fearless as we are with our food.

You can’t fault our ambition; we decided to recreate a Bauhaus city in Central London, a mini-Middle East full of fun, food and drink, where the lively soundtrack will have you on your feet and dancing in no time.

Eran didn’t just want to open up another classy but sterile restaurant near Southwark station amid a sea of other fine-dining, stuffy, ultra-modern, tastefully decorated, dead-behind-the-eyes eateries, after all, who wants to be the same as everyone else?

Except for the tastefully decorated part.

His vision was to create a space that celebrates life, that lives and breathes as vibrantly as you do, as everyone does.

A restaurant in London where tradition isn’t used to remind us of how limited we are but how free we all are. Free to enjoy each other’s company, fun delicious food and free-flowing drink in the comfort and warmth of other people who want to share a good time.

Inside the restaurant, marvel at the genuine piece of culture we have brought into the city, from the Terrazzo tiles, the exact replica Eran made of his dad’s pita oven, to the wine and our speciality, the Gazoz.

Loud and audacious dining

Fearless is the word. We expect nothing less. Our attitude to food is the same as our attitude to life.

Experience food with no boundaries, a genuine taste of the Middle East and beyond inside our restaurant in London. A delicious selection of dishes for everyone to enjoy, no matter what you prefer, we’re sure to have something to tickle your tastebuds.

All of our meals are prepared with in-season vegetables, spices and fruits. From light bites to gut busting feasts we make sure to use the freshest ingredients to bring an authentic taste to your table.

Dig into a succulent meat dish or sample something from our entire menu devoted to plant-based foods, making them perfect for anyone to enjoy.

Food that’s larger than life, an experience to share

We believe that food is meant to be shared, many of our dishes have been designed with this in mind. Small plates to pass around the table or platters to be shared and enjoyed over laughter and libation.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we serve a selection of delectable desserts featuring sweet morello cherries, baharat cream and our signature burnt babka, made using grilled pistachio and tahini enriched dough.

And to wash it all down? Soft drinks, spirits, mouth-watering cocktails and the finest wines.

Saving the best for last, there is the Gazoz, ah the Gazoz, flowers, herbs, spices, nothing beats a refreshing Gazoz. Making Gazoz is an artform, one we have perfected – but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

So come and join us, take a trip to one of the most quirky places to eat in London. A unique fusion of cultures that you won’t forget. A place to let the worries of the world melt away, and feel the warmth of family and life flow into you through good company, good food and good times.


  • Do you take walk-ins?

    Of course, you can stumble in whenever you want and we’ll do our best to accommodate you, but we advise booking ahead to make sure you don’t miss out.

  • When does the kitchen close?

    We accept last bookings at
    22:00 Monday to Thursday.
    22:15 Friday and Saturday.
    and 21:00 on Sunday.
    We allow 15 minutes to take the last kitchen orders for these bookings.

  • What is the nearest station?

    Southwark Station is a brisk 3 minute walk away.

  • Do you do Private Dining?

    Absolutely! Please email for all enquires or head to Private Dining for more information.


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