Middle Eastern Eats: London’s Best Restaurants Serving This Instagrammable Cuisine — The Hand Book
Bala Baya brings the bustle of Tel Aviv to London’s Bankside courtesy of ex-Ottolenghi chef and Israeli-born Eran Tibi. One thing you should know, if you don’t like sharing, this is not the restaurant for you. Sharing is at the heart of Bala Baya’s menu, and much of the Middle East’s cuisine in general, thanks to its colourful, flavour-packed small plates.
London’s most booked restaurants in 2022 revealed — Metro
A Bala Baya, feast on Michelin star prawn baklava and cranberry duck – with plenty of travellers making this a culinary stop.
This outdoor dining terrace has a canopy made from umbrellas lost on the tube — Time Out
The Israeli-inspired eatery is inviting guests to drink and dine under a colourful canopy of London’s finest lost brollies, having sourced 200 forgotten umbrellas from the London Underground. Not only is it a visually stunning cover, but it’ll also protect you from the unpredictable outlook while doing your outdoor socialising this winter.
My foodie city: Bala Baya chef Eran Tibi on Tel Aviv — Evening Standard
Victoria Stewart talks to London-based chef Eran Tibi about his food hotspots in his home city, Tel Aviv
A London Kitchen Turning Out Israeli Street Food — The New York Times
Bala Baya, a restaurant, bakery and bar, open since 2015 in the buzzing Bankside neighbourhood, is the latest and hippest. Chef, Eran Tibi, a Tel Aviv-born former tech executive who studied at London’s Le Cordon Bleu, worked under Mr. Ottolenghi for four years. His mentor’s influence shines through Bala Baya’s brawny spins on Mediterranean street food. And crowds are lining up in the narrow alleyway outside the restaurant for extravagantly flavored dishes that transcend their humble roots.
Like Tel Aviv cuisine? Go to Southwark’s Bala Baya — GQ
The new Tel Aviv-themed restaurant two steps from Southwark station is one of the best restaurants we've dined at all year. The food, quite literally, stopped conversation. It was a meat feast of the highest order. We've already scheduled our return.