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

SALADS

Sample menu

  • Green Bean     5.7

    Green bean medley, fennel, orange, hazelnuts, garlic & olive oil

  • Pumpkin Curls     6.3

    Roasted pumpkin, lime yoghurt, dukkah, pineapple & prawns dressing

  • Aubergine Medjool     6.5

    Medjool dates, miso roast aubergine, rocket & coriander salsa, salted peanuts

  • Carrot & Barberry     5.5

    Turmeric rice, roasted carrots, barberries

KITCHEN     Weekdays from 12pm- 3pm

  • Cauliflower     9

    Crumble, syrup, yogurt

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     9

    Chicken, bitter orange, harissa, butternut squash, kimchi

  • Squid     9.3

    Sauteed squid, Arak & butter sauce, kalamata olives & plum tomatoes

  • Tamarind Cod     11

    Cherry tomato relish

  • Chickpea & Salsa / Oxtail 6 / 9

    Chickpea, tahini, warm hummus, braised oxtail

  • Salt Beef     9.5

    Date jus, sweetcorn & mustard mayo

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DINNER

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

FEAST

  • Shank Deluxe     22

    Lamb, artichoke puree, fresh marjoram, tomato crisps, coffee infused jam

  • Pasta & Ribs     21

    Short rib roast, ripped pasta, bonfire vegetables, young Pecorino

  • Fish & Fennel     24

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

  • Pockets of Semolina     16

    Semolina dumplings, herby mushrooms & pine, paprika broth, chilli & cardamom

PLATES

  • Kebab Dumplings     13

    Lamb, semolina & yoghurt

  • Chickpea & Lamb     9

    Chickpea hummus, braised lamb shoulder, pine nuts

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     9

    Chicken, bitter orange, harissa, butternut squash, kimchi

  • Squidelicious     9

    Spiced squid, sweetcorn mayo, coriander & grape relish

  • Aubergine Mess     9

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, lychee, tahini

  • Stuffed Potato     8

    Black truffle, Taleggio, spring onion & tomato relish

  • Harissa & Maple Salmon     11

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

  • Cauliflower     9

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Ox-tail Falafel     9

    Black bean, soft herbs, green tahini

  • Home - Smoked Trout     12

    Tangerine, saffron, ash

SIDES

  • Chunky Israeli Salad with Feta     6

  • Spinach & Pecorino     5

  • Chickpea Hummus     6

  • Four Hour Cabbage     6

  • Pitta     2

DESSERT

  • Burnt Babka     8

    Chocolate & hazelnut spread, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • The Filthy     8

    Mascarpone, tahini, tonka cream, milk caramel, sesame crumble & banana compote

  • Floating Malabi     7

    Malabi in pomegranate & Chambord broth with rose, sesame & Moroccan tuile

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GAZOZ

  • Grapefruit & Thyme     3.5

  • Tangerine & Clove     3.5

  • Quince & Fennel     3.5

  • Grape & Ginger     3.5

COCKTAILS

  • Tomato & Cucumber Negroni     10

    Tomato & cucumber infused gin, sweet vermouth, Campari

  • Artichoke Julep     10

    Cynar, whiskey, Aperol, lemon, agave

  • Peach     11

    Kamm & Sons, peach liqueur, lemon, Prosecco

  • Honey & Smoke     12

    Whiskey, hickory smoked honey, white truffle

  • Spiced Mule     11

    Whiskey, ginger ale, lime, chilli, agave

  • Apricot     11

    Gin, apricot liquer, Aperol, lemon

  • Basil & Mint Sour     11

    Basil infused gin, cucumber, mint, lime sugar

  • Elderflower & Herb     12

    Gin, Green Chartreuse, St Germain, lime

  • Camomile Pisco     10

    Gin, Pisco, lemon, grenadine

  • Gazozini     8

    Prosecco cocktail - choose from our delicious Gazoz flavours

  • Grenadine & Ginger     11

    Tequila, grenadine, lime, ginger

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Set menus are available for a minimum of 2 guests. Any parties of 8 guests and above will need to take a tasting menu for the whole table to share.​

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WEEKEND BRUNCH

WEEKENDS FROM 10:30AM TO 4PM

SMALL PLATES

  • Single plate     4

    Unlimited plates     8pp

    Order a brunch plate and add £8 for unlimited small plates - must be ordered by the whole table

  • All small plates served with grilled lemon thyme pitta

  • Hummus & chickpea salsa

    Pickles, olives & feta

    Celeriac, apple & dukkah

    Grilled beets, mint, pistachio

    Grilled Turkish chillies, lemon

    Chopped liver & crispy onions

    Cherry tomato & coriander, pitta crumb

    Kipper, paprika & lemon

    Sweet potato, aubergine & walnuts

    Harissa butternut, maple

    Fiery Romero peppers & green chillies

BRUNCH
  • Summer Berries Yoghurt     7

    Granola, blossom honey & berries

  • Yemeni Pancake & Egg     13

    Tomato, cardamom & chilli salsa, green tahini cream, aubergine, boiled egg

  • 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, mashed 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

  • Rippled Eggs & Salmon     12

    Harissa rippled & scrambled eggs, house cured salmon, apple & celery, sharon fruit, garlic pickle sour cream, grilled pitta

  • Venison & Black Beans     15

    Baked black beans, rosemary & smoked duck, wild mushroom hash, venison sausage & fried egg

ROAST
  • Shank Deluxe     22

    Lamb, artichoke & confit garlic puree, fresh marjoram, tomato crisps, coffee infused tomato jam

  • Pockets of Semolina     15

    Semolina dumplings, herby mushrooms & walnuts, paprika broth, chilli & cardamom

  • Fish & Fennel     24

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

EXTRAS

Shawarma spiced chips, garlic aioli     4

Chunky Israeli Salad with Feta     5

Cured Salmon     3

More meat     3

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