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 - 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 – 10:00pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 5:00pm

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 – 10:00pm
  • 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     17

    One plate, one salad, pita & dip

  • POWER LUNCH FOR 2     34

    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

  • Please note our Shook salads change daily 

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     3.5

  • Geens    6

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

  • 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, bitter lime syrup, lime cream, Persian lime & Nori dust, pistachios

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  • 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 Chop     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 WEDNESDAY, FROM 5PM - 10PM

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

SATURDAY, FROM 6PM - 10:15PM

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     3.5

  • Greens     6

    Braised gem lettuce, broccoli, chard leaves, garlic vinaigrette, parmesan, sumac 

  • Tomato & Manouri     7

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

  • Chickpea Hummus     6

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

  • Aubergine Tea with Milk     11

    Date puree, citrus buttermilk, hazelnuts

  • Cauliflower     9

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Smashed Roasties     11

    Potato, celeriac & macadamia puree, nutmeg, black truffel 

  • 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

  •  Sharon Fruit Mackerel     11

    Harissa, citrus, macerated sharon fruit 

  • Fish & Fennel     26

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

  • 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

  • Chickpea & Lamb     11

    Chickpea hummus, braised lamb forequarter, dukkah, pine nuts

  • Rubbed Chops     18

    Grilled lamb chops, smoked spices, pomegranate

  • Saffron Beef    16

    Beer braised beef, saffron dumplings, blackened tomatoes, Turkish chillies, date jus, Pecorino 

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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WEEKEND BRUNCH

WEEKENDS FROM 10:30AM TO 4PM

SMALL PLATES

Unlimited plates     8pp

All plates served with grilled lemon thyme pita

  • Heritage carrots & caraway
  • Golden beets, honey & peanuts
  • Hummus & Turkish chillies
  • Yoghurt & green harissa
  • Smoked aubergine, tomato & olives
  • Baked beans, smoked duck & feta
  • Pickled chillies & olives
  • Lemon pickled vegetables
  • Chopped duck liver
  • Spiced mushrooms & pine nuts
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 & Salmon    16

    Rippled eggs, house cured salmon, garlic yoghurt, apple & celery, pita

  • 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

  • Trout & Cornbread     12

    Oak smoked river trout, smashed avocado, poached eggs, grape salsa & harissa cornbread

  • Pocket of Love     15

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

ROAST
  • 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

Cured salmon     3

More meat     3

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