Bala Baya

4.5
661 reviews
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Israeli
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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 offers you a unique experience that is all about feasting and sharing whilst ensuring that all ingredients are all responsibly sourced.

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 Southwark.

Follow the camel and enjoy Eran Tibi’s a poem to Tel Aviv!

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LL
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu at Bala Baya is one of my favourites. It is creative and yet not overly fussy. Everything I eat there is sensational with my favourites being the Baklava Prawns and the sticky crunchy chicken. The maitre d, Shimmy, is so knowledgable and passionate and always helps you understand the dishes even better. I keep going back because it is such a special find.

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PJ
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning meal - again! We're now planning a third visit to try the last few remaining dishes that we have not yet tried from this exciting menu. The cocktails are on the pricey side, but the food itself is great value. Love this place!

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E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful flavors and service. I was dining alone, so didn’t have the greatest table, the server and food was fantastic. To be honest, while NOPI Downstairs is a more communal and social experience, the food was markedly more interesting here.

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M
London
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place with good food and attentive service. Unfortunately the ambience on the ground floor is lacking but I understand in the summer the bifold doors open up into the front terrace so that might help.

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TP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

De-licious food. Love this place - consistently good , great service. Go!

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent meal. Delightful staff. Not buzzing, but lovely to be able to have a conversation without shouting. I would definitely go back again and have already suggested it to several friends.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, great service

Little noisy but they turned down the music on request.

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Responded on 9 April 2019

Hi PippaH, Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our service and food! We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared 4 creative and delicious dishes on our way to a concert. Innovative food and great service! One of my favorite restaurants in London!

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Responded on 9 April 2019

Hi Chiswickfoodie, Thank you so much for your kind words and contuined support, it really does mean the world to us! It is great to revcice feedback like this as it lets us know we are doing it right. We cant wait to see you agin! Much Love, Bala Baya

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Food was average, very oily and very overpriced. I

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Responded on 9 April 2019

Hi Fejd, We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit with us. we take all feedback very serioulsy as it only aids us in getting better at what we do. If you could please drop an email to natalia@balabaya.co.uk as we would love the chance to discuss & rectify these issues. We look forward to hearing from you! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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PR
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very memorable experience- the staff were very engaging and gave great recommendations. The food was light and with delightful varied spice flavours. When we next return to London from Australia it will be on our repeat list.

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Responded on 9 April 2019

Hi PilippaR, Thank you for your feedback, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and that our stff looked after you. We hope to see you again on your next trip over! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and superb service.

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you for your support, it means the world to us! We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere, good food but not exquisite! Expensive...

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TS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I’d recommend for the pure beauty of the restaurant and authentic food. However the wrong starters were given, they forgot my cocktail and the waiter wasn’t the happiest man in the world! For the price, I just expected a bit more in the way of service and size dishes.

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Hi TaniaS, Thank you for taking the time out to send us your comments, we are pleased that you enjoyed our food & ambience! We are sorry to hear that you faced some problems when you joined us. If you could please drop an email to natalia@balabaya.co.uk as we would love the chance to discuss & rectify these issues. We look forward to hearing from you! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Average place, very slow with food and very stuffy place. You end up smelling like a grill when you leave. The food was alright, nothing special- there are much better places

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We would love to discuss your visit in more detail, if you could please drop an email to Natalia@balabaya.co.uk and allow us the chance to rectify any issues you faced. We hope to hear from you! Much Love, Bala Baya xX

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Hi Shooby, We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed our food & thank you for the love! We hope to catch you again soon. Kiss Kiss, Bala Baya xX

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Israeli food

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you for your feedback & support, it means the world to us! Kiss Kiss, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely location and atmosphere for Southwark! Food was divine, service was really good and lovely ambience!

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you very much for your feedback, we are so happy to hear enjoyd our food & that you were looked after by our team. We hope to catch you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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N
London
16 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. We were downstairs by the door and would prefer to be upstairs. Otherwise, lovely food and friendly service

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Hi Neil, Thank you for sending us your feedback, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Next time, please let us know ahead of time that you would like to be seated on our mezzanine and we will do our very best to accommodate! We hope to see you soon! Much Love, Bala Baya xX

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RR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was pretty poor. They didn’t explain the brunch menu from the start which is not as it’s written. The place was exceedingly noisy.
The food tasted pretty good at the time but leaves you feeling indogested shortly afterwards. Considering the number and quality of ottolenghi restaurants around, it is very difficult to suggest Bala Baya as anyone of the Ottolenghi cafes provide significantly better food for not a dissimilar price.

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Hi ReenaR, Thank you for taking the time out to give us your feedback and we are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit with us. If you could please drop an email to Natalia@balabaya.co.uk as we would love the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail. We hope to hear from you! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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GJ
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Exceptional food, great atmosphere and attentive staff. Will be back.

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Some people at my party were waiting for their food for too long.

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Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi Foodexplorer, Thank you for sending us your feedback, we are very sorry to hear that you experienced some issues on your visit. If you wouldn't mind sending an email to Natalia@balabaya.co.uk as we would love the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail. We hope to hear from you. Much Love, Bala Bay Xx

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B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service to improve
Great food, great ambiance

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, different from the usual types of cuisine thought there are still plenty of items on the menu that will suit the less adventurous diner.

Very good service and well priced menu

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi JeremyH, Thank you for your review and support! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our menu and found that it offered an array of dishes suitable for all tastebuds. We hope to catch you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous x

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, amazing staff, amazing food...and the music was epic. Go go go.

Bala Baya
Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you for your fantastic feedback & support, we hope to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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J
London
38 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always superb. The baklava prawns are absolutely outstanding and our waiter was super friendly and lovely!

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi Jem99, Thank you very much for your review & support, it really means the world to us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the our food and that our staff looked after you. We hope to see you again very soon! Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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NI
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and atmosphere. Great staff. I was here for my birthday celebrations and everyone had a lovely time.

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Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi NINAY, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are very pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable birthday with us! We hope to see you again very soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have now brought at least 5 friends or business contacts here. The food is always excellent. The noise level is a little high, ok for an informal meeting. Service is always pleasant and attentive but can be a little slow/haphazard at busy times. Prices veer towards high: while the lamb chops were superb, £18 is pricey for 2. If you order carefully, it’s possible to keep costs within reach for those who are tight for cash. Still my favourite restaurant in the area.

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi N16annie, Thank you for taking the time out write your review and send us your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that you experienced slower service on your last visit and have taken on board your comments, we will address these with our management team. We thank you very much for continued support and we hope to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya X

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MF
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Vibe, great food , great service! the pita bread is the best and don't give up trying the Cheese Cake

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Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi MiliF, Thank you very much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you were looked after by our team and that you enjoyed your visits with us. We hope to see you again soon for another serving of cheesecake! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. A firm favourite and recommended

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Thank you very much for reccomnding us & we are glad to hear you had a good time! We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya xX

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Not sure how this place got so many reviews. Were told they need the table in 2h after arrival. Music is way too loud which makes conversations pretty difficult. Tables are pretty small and if you sit on the first floor you will get the smell from the kitchen; be prepared to dryclean your jacket. Food was average (oily hummus and overcooked beef and lamb) especially when considering the prices they charge you. At least the waiter tried his best to be nice. If they could only use proper plates and using plastic ones that would add greatly to the experience. Not coming back here.

Bala Baya
Responded on 19 March 2019

Hi KlausM, We are very sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing time with us, we appreciate all feedback as it only helps us in getting better at what we do. If you could please email Natalia@balabaya.co.uk as we would love the opportunity to discuss your comments in more detail. We hope to hear from you! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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SZ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just in one word: excellent! The food is amazing and the staff very friendly. Give it a try, you won't be dissapointed.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service - bit pricey, but worth every penny! Will be coming back here for sure!

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Responded on 26 March 2019

Hi DejiB, Thank you for taking the time out to write your review. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and will be coming back, we can't wait to see you again! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food took ages... over an hour.

Mistake in the order, however it was kindly rectified.

Service was great, however the person who seated us initially had an unwelcoming demeanour.

Food was lovely, but all diners at my table felt unwell after, but maybe that was due to the richness!

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RM
London
18 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A lot of reviews seem to mention the same thing...the noise/music level!
I would hope the restaurant will listen in due course.
The food is actually amazing and makes up for the ambience issues.
The service (once they notice that you have been sat there for 30 mins and not ordered yet) was great.
Seriously guys please turn the music down!!

Bala Baya
Responded on 18 March 2019

Hi RMS1, Thank you very much for your review! We are sorry to hear that you had a delay on your service but are so glad to hear our team turned it around. The people have spoken & we have heard you! We will be addressing our music levels with our management team & will ensure they are set to a more appropriate volume so all our guests can enjoy our party atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food good staff!!

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RD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

On my second visit to Bala Baya, I took along three guests who had never been before. We all enjoyed the cuisine, although I was disappointed not to find any Israeli or Middle Eastern (e.g. Lebanese) wines on the wine list. The restaurant was fairly full, with enough conversation to give it plenty of atmosphere. The experience was rather spoilt though by the loud, monotonous and bass-heavy music, which made conversation very difficult, and to the point where I gave up asking my guests to repeat what they had said each time and nodded (un)sagely.

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Responded on 19 March 2019

Hi RonD, Thank you very much for your review & support, it means the world to us! We apologise for the lack of Middle eastern wines when you visited. We were in the process of launching our new list & it now holds 7 Israeli wines. We have addressed our music levels & will be ensuring it is set to a more appropriate volume. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed our food & we hope to see you again soon for a glass of one our new wines! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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h
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food. I am a fan of this restaurant.

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Responded on 18 March 2019

Hi happyluncher, Thank you for your review & your support, it means the world to us, we would also like to add that we are fan of you! We hope to see you again very soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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RW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Bala Baya was stunning. Worth going for the baklava prawns alone. The dishes were beautiful and delicious, I wished the portion size was a tiny bit bigger for the price but that’s probably because they were so tasty.

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Responded on 18 March 2019

Hi RebeccaW, Thanks so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and can't thank you enough for your support! We hope to see you again very soon. Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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LC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This blew our mind
It was simply a fantastic experience from start to end. The food was stunning- taste and presentation
Can’t wait to return

Bala Baya
Responded on 18 March 2019

Hi LouiseC, Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, we've passed your comments onto the team & they are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our food. We can't wait to see you again! Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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