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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  • 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 – 10:15pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm

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 – 10:15pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:30am – 4:00pm
  • 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     32

    Two plates, two salads, pita & dip

  • Add dessert     6

PITA

  • Caramelized Cauliflower     7

    Soft herb salad, tomato & chilli, tahini

  • Pork Belly     9

    Gem lettuce, kimchi, Sriracha mayo

  • Braised Beef Shoulder     9

    Rocket salad, tahini, tomato

SALADS 

  • Roasted Vegetables     6.5

    Courgettes, mushrooms, soft herbs, Parmesan shavings, barberries

  • New Potato    5.5

    Leek, sour cream, dill

  • Turmeric Cauliflower    6

    Tahini, pomegranate seeds, rose petals, hazelnuts, parsley

  • Please note our Shook salads change daily 

PLATES

  • Pita & Dip     4.5

    House Baked

  • Geens    6

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

  • Tomato & Manouri   8

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelionleafs, coriander, blackberry vinaigrette

  • 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, lime marmalade, lime cream, Persian lime & Nori dust, pistachios

  • Catch Of The Day     13

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

  • Kipper & Corn    12

    St Ives smoked wild kipper, sweet garlic, paprika, polenta, black grape & coriander

  • 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

  • Pig & Grapefruit    11

    Pork belly, spiced caramel, kohlrabi, salted peanuts

  • Rubbed Chop     9.5

    Grilled lamb chop, smoked spices, pomegranate, baby gem

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     7

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaisee

  • The Cheesecake     7

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters, tahini crumble

  • Parsnip & Honey Semifredo    8

    Butterscotch, honeycomb

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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     4.5

    House baked

  • Greens     6

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

  • Tomato & Manouri     8

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

  • Chickpea & Hummus     7

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

  • Aubergine Tea with Milk     11

    Date puree, lime yoghurt hazelnuts

  • Cauliflower     10

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Brick Potato     9

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish,pecan & crispy onion crumb

  • Kipper & Corn    12

    St Ives smoked wild kippers, sweet garlic, paprika, polenta, black grape & coriander

  • Harissa & Maple Salmon   13

    Arak cured salmon, plums, brick noodles, bitter lemon, dill

  • Prawn Baklava     14

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

  • Octopus & Pearls    21

    Prawn bisque, moghrabieh, sea foliage, tomato caramel glaze

  • Fish & Fennel     26

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

  • Pig & Grapefruit    13

    Pork belly, spiced caramel, kohlrabi, grapefruit, salted peanuts

  • 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     19

    Date short-rib, saffron dumplings, Turkish chillies, Pecorino 

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka     8

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • The Cheesecake     8

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters, tahini crumble

  • Parsnip & Honey Semifredo     8

    Butterscotch, honeycomb, rose petals

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TASTING MENU £42pp

PLATES

  • Cauliflower

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Harissa & Maple Salmon

    Cured salmon, mango, bitter lemon, brick noodles, dill

  • Chickpea & Lamb

    Chickpea hummus, braised lamb shoulder, pine nuts

  • Tomato & Manouri

    Mooli, pickled red onion, dandelion leafs, coriander,
    blackberry vinaigrette

  • Crispy, Sticky, Crunchy

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

  • Saffron Beef

    Braised beef, saffron dumplings, blackened tomatoes,
    Turkish chillies, date jus

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • or

    The Cheescake

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters,
    tahini crumble

  • or

    Parsnip & Honey Semifredo

    Butterscotch, honeycomb

TASTING MENU £53pp

PLATES

  • Chickpea & Lamb

    Chickpea hummus, braised lamb shoulder, pine nuts

  • Cauliflower

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Kipper & Corn

    St Ives smoked wild kippers, sweet garlic, paprika, polenta, black grape & coriander

  • Aubergine Tea with Milk

    Date puree, citrus buttermilk, hazelnuts

  • Rubbed Chops

    Grilled lamb chops, smoked spices, pomegranate

  • Brick Potato

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish, pecan & crispy onion crumb

  • Fish & Fennel

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

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Sesame & pistachio creme, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • or

    The Cheescake

    White chocolate, salted caramel, banana fritters,
    tahini crumble

  • or

    Parsnip & Honey Semifredo

    Butterscotch, honeycomb

VEGAN TASTING MENU £33pp

PLATES

  • Cauliflower

    Nut crumble, syrup

  • Chickpea Hummus

  • Aubergine Tea & Sesame Butter

    Date puree, sesame butter, hazelnuts

  • Wild Tomato 

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

  • Greens 

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

  • Brick Potato

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish, pecan & crispy onion crumb 

DESSERT

  • Fruit & Praline

    Fresh berries, coconut cream & pistachio praline

VEGETARIAN TASTING MENU £35pp

PLATES

  • Cauliflower

    Crumble, syrup, yoghurt

  • Chickpea Hummus

  • Greens 

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

  • Tomato & Manouri 

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

  • Aubergine Tea & Milk

    Date puree, citrus buttermilk, hazelnuts 

  • Brick Potato

    Garlic confit potato, onion porcini broth, horseradish, pecan & crispy onion 

DESSERTS

  • Burnt Babka

    Chocolate & hazelnut spread, stewed plums, whisked anglaise

  • or

    Parsnip & Honey Semifredo 

    Butterscotch, honeycomb 

  • or

    The Original Cheesecake

    White chocolate cheesecake, salted caramel, banana fritter, tahini crumble

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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 & spiced mushrooms
  • Yoghurt & green harissa
  • Smoked aubergine, tomato & olives
  • Baked beans, smoked duck & feta
  • Pickled chillies & olives
  • Lemon pickled vegetables
  • Chopped duck liver
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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

  • Yemeni Pancakes     12

    Hard boiled egg, herb salad, chili & coriander green tahini

  • Pocket of Love     15

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

ROAST
  • Rubbed Chops     18

    Grilled lamb chops, smoked spices, pomegranate

  • 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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