Bala Baya


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


For group bookings over 20 people, please email us.



Looking for unique vegetarian restaurants in Central London?

Are you bored with the usual fare of veggie burgers, chips and salad? Fed up with having vegan chilli-sin-carne? Maybe you’ve sampled some of the best vegan fine dining in London only to come away unimpressed?

Perhaps it’s time to try something just a little bit different.

Here at Bala Baya we do vegan and vegetarian food with a Tel-Aviv and Middle Eastern inspired style that you’ll find wildly delicious, fun, and completely unforgettable.

Bala Baya vegan? – Yallah yallah (let’s go!)

When you visit Bala Baya you can expect a warm welcome, a treat for all the senses and an experience you’ll want to repeat again and again. Our ethos is one of inclusivity – all are welcome – and our vegan and vegetarian food will take you to a place of warmth, happiness, and taste sensations like no other.

And if you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan outdoor dining in London – check out our outdoor seating area – you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the bustling streets of Tel-Aviv as you tear into a warm pita and sample a delicious mouthful of chickpea hummus, washed down with a refreshing glass of gazoz – a unique sparkling cocktail that is available as a non-alcoholic or alcoholic option – your choice, of course.

Vegan and vegetarian dishes that stand out from the crowd

Are you wondering what to expect as a vegan or vegetarian entering the friendly and lively atmosphere that is Bala Baya? Well, we love to treat our vegan and vegetarian guests. Feast your eyes on dishes that are as visually enticing as they are delectable, and be surprised by flavours that tease your taste buds and produce involuntary moans of pleasure.

Our dishes are perfect for tearing and sharing – and you’ll be urging your nearest and dearest at the table with you: ‘you have to try this – it’s amazing’.

Unlike some vegan restaurants Central London has to offer, we create exquisite plant-based dishes using fresh, seasonal vegetables and spices, rather than offering you imitation burgers. Our flavour palate is one of rich, authentic Middle Eastern and Israeli foods – prepared by our very own co-founder and head chef Eran Tibi – an inimitable modern Israeli chef obsessed with bringing you a dining experience that goes far beyond merely amazing food.

Israeli vegan and vegetarian food in London

If you, or one of your party, is vegan or vegetarian and you’re wondering what you can eat at Bala Baya – don’t worry because we have a delicious selection of scrumptious delights for you.

Many Israeli dishes are naturally vegan or vegetarian and we have an entire menu especially devoted to plant-based foods that you will absolutely love. All our meals are prepared using fresh, in season vegetables, spices, and fruits. For light bites and starters try heavenly delights such as our harissa marinated mixed olives, crudites with a fiery tahini, or blackened aubergine with fresh pitas – an amazing dish made with pomegranate molasses and lychee.

We have a special vegetarian and vegan sharing menu which includes delectable treats such as a cauliflower steak crumble with pomegranate syrup, parsley and lime yoghurt. Or try our caramelised cabbage with stem ginger and red basil – utterly delicious.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, we have the mysterious and sexy Midnight Malabi – a tantalising combination of coconut, black tahini, morello cherry, vanilla, rose, white rum and a sesame brittle.

And, of course, we have a burnt babka that you will be dreaming about long after you’ve devoured it – a mouthwatering treat prepared with a grilled pistachio & tahini enriched dough, paired with a fresh blackberry compote and creme anglaise.

Our desserts are made to be shared and enjoyed together. If you want a dish to be made vegan, please speak to our staff who will be happy to help – we want you to be happy and to have a dining experience that you won’t forget. If you’re checking out vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Central London, give us a visit – you’ll be glad you did.


Q: Are your vegan foods prepared separately from any meat dishes?

A: Yes, all our vegan and meat dishes are prepared separately to avoid any cross-contamination

Q: I’m searching for the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Central London – where are you located?

A: We are located in a delightful spot just a few minutes away from Southwark station (about 250 metres/4 minutes walk), so if you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan restaurant near Southwark, be sure to come say hello and sample vegan foods with a Tel-Aviv inspiration. We can’t wait to meet you.