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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Reservations
  • Monday - Friday
  • 12:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 22:00
  • Saturday
  • 10:30 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 22:00
  • Sunday
  • 10:30 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 21:00

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 - Friday
  • 12:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 22:00
  • Saturday
  • 10:30 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 22:00
  • Sunday
  • 10:30 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 21:00
  • Arch 25,
  • Old Union Yard Arches
  • 229 Union Street
  • London SE1 0LR
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BALA BAYA SHOOK

WEEKDAYS FROM 12 TO 3PM

PITA

  • Beef Rib & Sticky Plum 12

    Braised short rib, plum jus, tahini, green chilli harissa, tomato, spring onion, pickle

  • Chicken Shawarma 12

    Shawarma spiced fried chicken, amba tahini, green chilli harissa, tomato, spring onion, pickle

  • Caramelized Cauliflower 12

    Boiled egg, tahini, green chilli harissa, tomato, spring onion, pickle

  • Salt baked Trout 12

    Buttered ratte potato, dill sourcream, green chilli harissa, tomato, spring onion, pickle

PLATES

  • Aubergine Mess     8

    Burnt marinated aubergine, oregano, tahini, pomegranate molasses, macerated lychee, parsley & rose

  • Tomato Tomato   9

    Heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, herbs & honey goat’s cheese roulade, za’atar pita croute

  • Pitzza    6.5

    Spiced Tomato, mozzarella, basil

  • Flat Iron Potato     8

    Steamed ratte potato, sour cream, garlic chips, dill

  • Cauliflower Steak Crumble    10.5

    Fried cauliflower, pomegranate molasses, smoked parmesan crumble, lime yoghurt, parsley

  • Cauliflower Vegan Crumble    10.5

    Fried cauliflower, pomegranate molasses, hazelnut, tahini, parsley

  • Octopus Salad    12.5

    Octopus carpaccio, courgettes, cucumber slivers, mango, basil, soft herbs

  • Watermelon & Sardines    11

    Raspberry vinegar cured sardines, oregano, lemon watermelon, almond crumb

  • Crispy Sticky Crunchy     11

    Deep fried chicken thighs, bitter orange glaze, harissa kimchi, hazelnut, sumac, coriander

  • Fancy Squid    11

    Oat milk & semolina calamari, butternut squash & saffron marmalade, preserve lemon, coriander

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     6.5

    Tahini & pistachio, stewed plums, creme anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     6.5

    White chocolate, salted caramel, mango & yuzu, tahini crumble

  • Malibu Malabi   6.5

    Orange blossom, lychee, sumac, rose, toasted coconut flakes

MEZZE

  • Chickpea/ Short Rib Hummus     6/10

    Green harissa, chickpea salsa, parsley, sumac

  • Zesty Tomato & Aubergine 6.5

    Smoked aubergine, tomato, lemon, coriander, pita

  • Creamy Yoghurt & Za'atar 4.5

    Strained Greek yoghurt, za’atar, olive oil, sumac, pita

  • Three Chillies 3.5

    Red chilli harissa, salt cured green chillies relish, pickled Turkish chillies, pita

EXTRAS

  • Shawarma Fries 4.5

    Chunky potato, twelve spice mix, harissa mayo

  • Harissa 1

    Chilli and garlic relish

  • Tahini 1

    Sesame paste, lemon, extra virgin olive oil

  • Amba Tahini 1

    Mango pickle spice, tahini paste, lemon

  • Harissa Mayo 1

    Chilli and garlic relish, mayo, lemon

  • Bala Baya Pita 1

    Freshly house baked pita

  • Bala Baya Pita Pack 3.5

    Freshly house baked pita bag of 5

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DINNER

MONDAY TO SUNDAY, FROM 17:00 - 22:00

PLATES

  • Pita & Three Dips  8

    Our house baked pita, strained yoghurt, smoked tomato & aubergine, amba tahini

  • Tomato Tomato 9

    Heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, herbs & honey goat’s cheese roulade, za’atar pita croutons

  • Chickpea/ Short Rib Hummus     8/12

    Green harissa, chickpea salsa, parsley, sumac, pita

  • Aubergine Mess     9

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee, pita

  • Flat Iron Potato   8

    Steamed ratte potato, sour cream, garlic chips, dill

  • Cauliflower Steak Crumble   11

    Fried cauliflower, pomegranate molasses, smoked parmesan crumble, lime yoghurt, parsley

  • Lima to Tel Aviv    13

    Today’s catch ceviche, mango, yuzu, sumac tiger milk, kadaif crisp

  • Watermelon & Sardines    11

    Raspberry vinegar cured sardines, oregano, lemon watermelon, almond & feta crumb

  • Octopus Salad     14

    Octopus carpaccio, courgette & cucumber slivers, mango, basil, soft herbs

  • Prawn Baklava    16

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

  • Fancy Squid  11

    Oat milk & semolina calamari, butternut squash & saffron marmalade, preserve lemon, coriander

  • Fish & Fennel   32

    Canoed wild sea bream, burnt sage, fresh fennel & soft herbs, vine tomatoes, butter & arak

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy     13

    Chicken thighs, bitter orange glaze, harissa kimchi, hazelnuts, sumac, coriander

  • Lamb Chops  16

    Apricot & shawarma glazed lamb chops, pistachio, lemon thyme, grilled baby gem, za'atar braise

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     9

    Tahini & pistachio, stewed plums, creme anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     9

    White chocolate, salted caramel, mango & yuzu, tahini crumble

  • Malibu Malabi     8

    Orange blossom, lychee, sumac, rose, toasted coconut flakes

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SHARING MENU £45pp

PLATES

  • Chickpea Hummus 

    Green harissa, chickpea salsa, parsley, sumac, pita

  • Tomato Tomato

    Heritage tomatoes, nectrine, lemon thyme, herbs & honey goat’s cheese roulade, za’atar pita croutons 

  • Aubergine Mess  

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee, pita 

  • Octopus Salad

    Octopus carpaccio, courgette & cucumber slivers, mango, basil, soft herbs

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy

    Chicken thighs, bitter orange glaze, harissa kimchi, hazelnuts, sumac, coriander

  • Fish & Fennel

    Catch of the day, burnt sage, fresh fennel & soft herbs, vine tomatoes, butter & arak, pita

  • or

    Prawn Baklava

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

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Tahini & pistachio, stewed plums, creme anglaise

  • or

    The Cheescake

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters,
    tahini crumble

  • or

    Malibu Malabi 

    Orange blossom, lychee, sumac, rose, toasted coconut flakes

VEGAN SHARING MENU £37pp

PLATES

  • Pita & Three Dips

    Our house baked pita, tahini, smoked tomato & aubergine, amba tahini

  • Tomato Tomato

    Heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, za’atar pita croutons

  • Chickpea Hummus

    Green harissa, chickpea salsa, parsley, sumac, pita

  • Aubergine Mess

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee, pita

  • Flat Iron Potato

    Steamed ratte potato, green harissa, garlic chips, dill

  • Cauliflower Steak Crumble

    Fried cauliflower, pomegranate molasses, hazelnut crumble, tahini, parsley

DESSERT

  • Malibu Malabi 

    Orange blossom, lychee, sumac, rose, toasted coconut flakes

VEGETARIAN SHARING MENU £37pp

PLATES

  • Pita & Three Dips

    Our house baked pita, strained yogurt, smoked tomato & aubergine, amba tahini

  • Tomato Tomato

    Heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, herbs & honey goat’s cheese roulade, za’atar pita croutons

  • Chickpea Hummus

    Green harissa, chickpea salsa, parsley, sumac, pita

  • Aubergine Mess 

    Blackened aubergine, soft herbs, tahini, lychee, pita 

  • Flat Iron Potato

    Steamed ratte potato, sour cream, garlic chips, dill

  • Cauliflower Steak Crumble 

    Fried cauliflower, pomegranate molasses, smoked parmesan crumble, lime yoghurt, parsley

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Tahini & pistachio, stewed plums, creme anglaise

  • or

    The Cheescake

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters,
    tahini crumble

  • or

    Malibu Malabi 

    Orange blossom, lychee, sumac, rose, toasted coconut flakes

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WINE LIST

ROSE WINES

  • Figuiere, Granache-Syrah-Cinsault, Mediterranee Provence, 2019 France 9/45

    Organic, delicate spices, bright red fruits

  • Dalton Estate, Barbera-Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee 2019 Israel 9.5/49

    Off-dry, fresh strawberry, lavender and minerals

    RED WINES

  • Givon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Upper Galilee, 2017 Israel 6.5/32

    Dark berries, spicy, soft tannin

  • Barkan, Merlot-Argaman, Dan, 2017 Israel 7.5/39

    Robust, rich colour, fresh wild berries

  • Jazreel, Alfa, Syrah-Argaman-Cabernet, Galilee, 2018 Israel 12/58

    Complex, balanced, long finish

  • Petit Castel, Merlot-Cabernet-Petit Verdot, Jerusalem, 2016 Israel 85

    Sweet cedar, herbs, spiced

  • Valcheta, Malbec, Mendoza, 2017 Argentina 9/43

    Spicy, aromatic, raisins

  • Petite Fleur Blend, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2015 Argentina 59

    Tabacco, dark cherry, smooth

  • Les Peyrautins, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc, 2018 France 8.5/40

    Black cherry, vanilla, red plums

  • Pieno Sud Rosso, Nero d'Avola, Sicily, 2018 Italy 6/27

    Silky, soft, dark fruits

  • Querciavalle, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2013 Italy 42

    Elegant, juicy, berries

  • Reva Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barolo, 2014 Italy 73

    Full-bodied, floral, spicy

  • Prunus, Jean, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocherio, Dao, 2016 Portugal 37

    Oaked, black cherry, crisp

  • Niel Joubert, Pinotage, Paarl, 2016 South Africa 29

    Silky, sofy, dark fruits

SPARKLING WINES

  • Prosecco Asolo Superiore Dry 'Adalina', Enrico Bedin, Veneto Italy 7.5/35

    Floral, apple notes, crisp, fresh

  • Pierre Mignion, Grande Reserve, Champagne, Le Breuil France 13.5/59

    Robust, smoky, fruity

  • Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label, Brut, Reims, Champagne NV France 95

    Sharp, citrus fruits, balanced

WHITE WINES

  • Givon, Chardonnay, Upper Galilee, 2018 Israel 6.5/32

    Crisp, pear, citrus fruit

  • Or Haganuz, Amuka Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc- Chardonnay, Northen Galilee, 2018 Israel 10.5/56

    Green apple, lime, mint

  • Generations, Chardonnay-Chenin Blanc, Judean Hills 2017 Israel 59

    White flowers, tropical fruits, grapefruit

  • Yatir, Viogner, Judean Hills, 2016 Israel 65

    Peach, nectarine, balanced acidity

  • Zero-G, Grüner Veltliner, Wagram 2017 Austria 41

    Refreshing, white pepper, crisp green fruit

  • Bolfan, Riesling, Zagorje, 2019 Croatia 8/39

    Refreshing, zesty, guava

  • Deux Bars, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, 2019 France 39

    Citrus, lemon grass, almond blossom

  • Maison De La Paix, Viognier, 2018 France 7.5/35

    Smooth, mineraly, apricot

  • Cave De Ribeauville, Gewurztraminer, Alsace, 2017 France 56

    Fresh, aromatic, apple blossom,

  • Jean Pierre et Alexandre Ellevin, Chablis, Burgundy, 2016 France 59

    Fresh, elegant, white pepper

  • Rocca, Trebbiano, Puglia, 2018 Italy 6/27

    Delicate, ripe citrus, refreshing

  • Feudi Arancio, Grillo, Sicily 2018 Italy 36

    Balanced, tropical, harmonious

  • Monteluna, Vermentino, Sardinia, 2018 Italy 38

    Crisy, refreshing, floral

  • Broglia, Gavi di Gavi La Mairana, Piemonte, 2018 Italy 10/51

    Fresh, full body, complex

  • Quinta da Lixa,Anjos De Portugal, Vihno Verde, Minho 2018 Portugal 34

    Refreshing, fruity, gently fizzy

  • Outnumbered, Sauvignon Blanc, Wairarapa, 2019 New Zealand 9/42

    Lime, gooseberry, tropical fruits

  • Azubre, Verdejo, Reuda, 2018 Spain 38

    Mineral, grassy, herbal

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WEEKEND BRUNCH

WEEKENDS FROM 10:30AM TO 4PM

BRUNCH
  • Aubergine Shakshuka     12

    Eggs, rich tomato sauce, roasted aubergine, tahini, salt-cured green chilli, pita

  • Short Rib Shakshuka     14

    Eggs, rich tomato sauce, sticky short rib, tahini, salt cured green chilli, pita

  • Granola     7

    Macerated lychee, Greek yoghurt, orange blossom honey

  • Steak & Eggs     14

    Sticky short rib, fried eggs, plum jus, tahini, green chilli harissa, tomato, spring onion, pickle, pita

  • Blackberry Pita French Toast     10

    Maple, pecan & chocolate brittle

  • Rippled Eggs & Salt Baked Trout Shawarma     12

    Chalk Stream Trout, dill sour cream, plum, celery, herbs, grilled pita

PLATES
  • Aubergine Mess     8

    Burnt marinated aubergine, oregano, tahini, pomegranate molasses, macerated lychee, parsley & rose, pita

  • Watermelon & Sardines     11

    Raspberry vinegar cured sardines, oregano, lemon watermelon, almond & feta crumb

  • Tomato Tomato     8

    Heritage tomatoes, nectarine, lemon thyme, herbs & honey goat’s cheese roulade, za’atar pita croute

  • Cauliflower Steak Crumble     9.5

    Fried cauliflower, pomegranate molasses, smoked Parmesan crumble, lime yoghurt, parsley

  • Octopus Salad     12.5

    Octopus carpaccio, courgettes & cucumber slivers, mango, basil, soft herbs

  • Fish & Fennel     28

    Canoed wild sea bass, burnt sage, fresh fennel & soft herbs, vine tomatoes, butter and arak

  • Crispy Sticky Crunchy     11

    Deep fried chicken thighs, bitter orange glaze, harissa kimchi, hazelnut, sumac, coriander

MEZZA
  • Shawarma Fries     4.5

    Chunky potato, twelve spice mix

  • Pitzza     6.5

    Spiced tomato, mozzarella, basil

  • Chickpea Hummus     6

    Hummus, braised chickpea, harissa, parsley, pita

  • Zesty Tomato & Aubergine     6.5

    Smoked aubergine, tomato, lemon, coriander, pita

  • Creamy Yoghurt & Za’atar     4.5

    Strained Greek yoghurt, za’atar, sesame, olive oli, pita

  • Three Chillies     3.5

    Red harissa, salt-cured green chillies relish, pickled Turkish chillies, pita

DESSERT
  • Burnt Babka     9

    Tahini & pistachio, stewed plums, creme anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     9

    White chocolate, salted caramel, mango & yuzu, tahini crumble

  • Malibu Malabi     8

    Orange blossom, lychee, sumac, rose, toasted coconut flakes

EXTRAS

Shawarma spiced chips, garlic aioli     4

More meat/fish     3

* menu items are subject to change without prior notice

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