Bala Baya

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
866 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Israeli
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!

Special Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!

Bala Baya Nights Brings: LAILA LAVAN! The ultimate party paying homage to Tel Aviv’s white night festival. Feast on a canapé & bowl food selection, enjoy 2 hours of free-flowing drinks & Dj all night! 9pm - late - £85pp. This is a ticked event, you will be sent a ink to purchase tickets in advance.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:30PM - 10:00PM

What 866 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
JF
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Jerusalem in January this year and fell in love with the culture, history and cuisine and were thus delighted to find an Israeli gem in London. The food was SUPERB and so too was the service, really attentive, friendly and helpful. It was for my partner's birthday and when I booked I said it was for a birthday but was not expecting the restaurant to take too much notice, however, after we said no to dessert (too full) our waitress came over with two celebratory shots, telling us that she was going to put a candle in our dessert but since we did not choose one she wanted to still offer us a little something, which really made what was already an incredible dining experience that much more special!

Bala Baya
Responded 3 days ago

Hi JulieF, Such great feedback! It is words like yours that lets us know we are doing it right. We are so pleased to hear that our team showed you the true Bala Baya experience and took good care of you. We hope to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
KD
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we entered and were warmly greeted to our departure an hour and a half later, it was all perfect! The food had so much flavour and colour! The waiting staff were attentive and informative!

Bala Baya
Responded 3 days ago

Hi KiwiDinah, It is a pleasure to read your review, we must agree our team have a great way of looking after our guests! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our flavours and we can not wait to welcome you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
BA
London
41 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I love this restaurant, the food is always phenomenal. This time however, the service felt very rushed... constantly topping up our wine glasses, when they're still full... taking plates away with food still on them. It made us feel we had to hurry... I'll be back, I know this was just a glitch.

Bala Baya
Responded 3 days ago

Hi BA20, Thank you for your continued love & support, it means the world to us!] We are apologies of the service felt a little more rushed than normal, we have passed your feedback over to our managers who will address this with the team. We cant wait to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
PJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another outstanding meal! Such exciting flavours. And not too noisy despite there being a table of 30 on the mezzanine upstairs. Some confusion over our order - with the waiter trying to deliver some dishes to us a second time - but overall a really interesting and delicious menu and friendly service.
Skip the lamb-flatbread (fatty, late to be delivered, and not good value) and invest in two portions of the sticky chicken thighs instead. Incredible!

Bala Baya
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for your review & support, it means the world to us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our food and that our staff looked after you. We have passed your comments over to our team regarding the lamb and they will address, where needed, any ongoing issues - We thank you for your honest feedback. We cant wait to see you again! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
YH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Super small meals, not reflected in the web and the menu.
Very disappointing experience!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, tasty food and very nice decor. It is a sharing concept albeit certain dishes are not presented in a way that they could be shared (i.e. one piece of potato or one aubergine cake on the plate).

J
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, with a menu full of dishes that none of us had tried before. The waitress was great and knew all of the dishes in detail. Would love to visit them again.

EB
London
23 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place for brunch and good choice from the menu.

SR
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I am quiete surprised of the poor level of this restaurant.
I came to London with great expctation for this venue knowing that this Chef was inspired by a very well known Chef (Otolenghi).

We tried more than 7 dishes and the only thing I could call normal was the hummus and the pitta.
For what's left, I am still nice by telling you it was a complete no sense and nightmare in terms of taste.

The hype for this place is crazy. It was a complete disaster in terms of taste, I have never experienced something like this.
I have tested several times Israeli food and this is not Israeli food (the idea of putting some jelly inside a lamb sandwich....).

If you want to save yourself money, time and your stomach, don't go there.

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our whole night was excellent. They read the notes in my OpenTable booking and wished my girlfriend a happy birthday. We were seated upstairs which I would recommend, the potato was excellent, the hummus was very nice. It's the sort of place where people are turning to the other tables to talk about how great the food is. A gem of a restaurant.

Bala Baya
Responded on 25 November 2019

Hi AngusW, Thank you for taking the time out to write your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our flavours & had an enjoyable time with us, we must agree our brick potato is not one to be missed! I We really do hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
M
London
17 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delightful experience. Love the small plates.

DM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, wonderful flavours, much creativity. And very good value for money. Highly recommended

Bala Baya
Responded on 25 November 2019

Hi DimitraM, Thanks so much for your review, it's so good to hear you had a great time! We can't wait to welcome you back soon. Much love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
GP
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, very pleasant staff. Food was very good.

MC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Best pitta we’d ever tasted. Some of the food served with a bit too much sauce for our liking (very wet brick potato).

PB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was in a group of 4 on a Monday night and the restaurant was buzzing. The location is great in a rail bridge archway. I've never been to Tel Aviv so don't know about the cuisine, we all thought it was sweet and were perhaps looking for more spice. Unless you're a big eater, after the hummus starter, two plates per person were enough.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic flavours. Very prompt service by efficient and helpful friendly staff. Will aim to revisit next time in London.

Bala Baya
Responded on 25 November 2019

Hi Clahar, Thanks for popping by and leaving us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and the team were delighted to read your review. We hope to have you over again very soon. Much love, Bala Baya Xx

Report
HE
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the smaller tasting menu and were very impressed. A great fusion of flavours, each plate served was full of mouth watering surprises. My only feedback would be that they use a different fish for the ceviche as it was a bit tough and chewy (the mango salsa was amazing and you could almost forgive the chewy fish!) Apart from that the cauliflower was a highlight, the hummus was fabulous and the chicken was cooked to perfection! Cant wait to go back and try some more dishes.

AG
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This is a poor version of Berber and Q or Palomar. And yet, not that cheap. Food wasn't hot enough - serve on warm plates perhaps rather than cold ones. Staff very friendly. Drinks good. Just, the food lets it down. Such a shame as otherwise would be an awesome spot.

KO
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food, excellent service. Fantastic Vegetarian options

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely unpretentious restaurant, tasty food and fantastic service. Whilst my group had an extended lunch which ran up to the end of the lunch sitting our hosts politely recommended places to continue our evening.

Our group had the set brunch & we all concurrent we enjoyed it.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful menu and cocktails. Great restaurant tucked away off union street

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had the tasting menu, which was pricey but the food was excellent. There was a small hiccup with the plates delivered and a bit of a longer wait for the final plate, but generally the service was very attentive and swift.

PP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was simply perfect :-) The food, the service, to book a table was really simply.

OB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overrated, overpriced,,, the food was not extraordinary. Not particularly delicious. Main course and drinks were especially expensive.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service. Staff were super welcoming and helpful.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really amazing restaurant. The food was fantastic!

JK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The flavours were good, but all the dishes we tried from starters to mains were excessivly oily.

LM
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as good as it used to be. They have stopped refillable brunch plates, and they are still rationning the bread.

JA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice buzzy atmosphere and lovely food. Service was efficient and helpful.

a
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing, authentic food. The best hummus I've had since visiting Isreal over 5 years ago! Friendly staff and great atmosphere too.

M
London
169 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully authentic dining. Great food and efficient, friendly service.

M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Attentive service. The weekend brunch is delicious and good value

SE
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always delicious but portions have shrunk and prices have gone up over the last year.
Will try again for brunch and see how it compares

MV
London
26 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A little overpriced, service a bit inflexible, but otherwise great food.

LJ
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nothing particularly bad but generally felt like a less well considered version of ottolenghi. A number of the savoury dishes were oddly quite sweet. We had the tasting menu, assuming the dishes would come one by one but like all small plate places sadly they came out in droves, crowding the table and making the experience feel chaotic. Out of the lot I’d come back for the flatbreads and hummus

OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food, although the service was lacking - half of our table received their meals 10 minutes before everyone else.

J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Could have been less 'background' music. Couldn't have a conversation with he rest of the table without shouting

F
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

I cannot fault the food. It was divine. The loud club music at 5.15pm in the afternoon, however, was unnecessary and totally at odds with a relaxed dining experience. The staff need better training in how to make customers feel at home. Being approached to ask if I wanted to order more food whilst my mouth was full was frankly embarrassing.

L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. One of our favourites! Food is always delicious and the service is good too. The only problem at our last visit was the noise. There were some big tables who produced a very high lever of noise and having the music on top of it meant we could hardly hear each other.

J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing at Bala Baya. I love the hummus and pita and the sticky chicken is a must-have dish. The only downside to our last visit was our server pushed the lamb flatbread on us and it was our least favorite dish and the priciest at £18. Definitely don't get that dish because the portion is small and not worth the price.