Bala Baya

4.5
772 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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What 772 People Are Saying
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BT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food at an affordable price. The waiters were very attentive and looked after us very well

TH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great - great food, good quality. Perfect service.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We met to catch up over lunch. The combination of background music + chatter + resonant acoustic made conversation difficult and we went elsewhere for our coffee.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, every dish was a treat. Lovely staff who helped make a great evening. Highly recommended.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Outside the fumes from other restaurants would be on top of us everytime the train moves on the tracks above.
Expensive for the size of portions and location, but good food

c
Manchester
16 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have no idea how much this restaurant reflects the food of Tel Aviv or Israel. The food was fresh, colourful, beautifully presented and full of flavour. I loved their freshly baked pitta breads - extraordinary taste and texture. I feel I never want to buy a supermarket pack again. Only one Israeli beer on the menu but reasonable wine list.

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi cyberdoctor, Thank you for the amazing review and we are glad to hear you enjoyed our homemade pita! We are inspired by the buzz of Tel Aviv and aim to give our guests a taste of that famous Telavivian hospitality! With waves of plates to share, a warm welcome, loud atmosphere and a few glasses of our Israeli wines - you are on the streets of Jaffa. We hope to catch you again soon. Much Love Bala Baya Xx

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JK
London
73 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner here and tried dishes that I have never experienced before. The venison carpaccio was absolutely glorious, as was the tomato and cheese salad (you have to try it to understand this is no ordinary cheese salad). Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and full of joy - a bit like Bala Baya.

Have booked again for next week. So much I didn't try!

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi JenniferK, Wow, what a fantastic review, it is a real pleasure to read your comments - We pride ourselves in offering fresh and vibrant dishes, and your feedback tells us we are doing it right! We hope to see you again very soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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F
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with interesting flavour combinations. Great value with unlimited brunch plates and opportunity to sample different dishes. Highly recommend and will visit again soon!

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Fbaf, Thank you so much for your review! It's great to hear you enjoyed our brunch offering. We aim to offer a delicious spread Israeli inspired dishes packed full of flavor, and from your comments, it sounds like we are getting it right! We can't wait to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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WL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Will definitely be back and recommend to anyone!

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi WaiL, Thank you so much for your continued love and support, it means the world to us! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we can't wait to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was absolutely outstanding but i was disappointed with the service, we had to catch someones eye to order wine when we had finished our drinks a while before. I would definitely go back but a bit more attention to detail on this would make it outstanding.

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi SarahJ, Thanks so much for your review and it is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed our food! We are sorry to hear that our service had left you feeling a little dispositioned, we aim to deliver an effortless experience for all our guests. Your feedback has been passed over to our management team, who have addressed these points with our staff. We can't wait for you to come back in and see what changes we have made based on your comments! Much love, Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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VJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was lovely, however the service was extremely slow and unorganised (although the waiters were very friendly and apologetic) the food servings were very very small for their pricing also, but lovely quality of dinner once we ordered more!

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi VickyJ, Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed our food! Our experience is based on sharing, we would suggest 6-7 plates between 2 guests to ensure everyone is well-fed. We are sorry to hear that our service was a tad haphazard on your visit, we aim to deliver a seamless experience for our guests. Your comments have been addressed by our team internally. We hope you'll swing by soon to see the changes we have made! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, welcoming staff and attentive from the minute we walked in. The menu was so interesting - I wanted to order everything on it, which I never want to do! I loved the restaurant’s location down a little alley - felt like you were entering a secret place off the beaten track.

Bala Baya
Responded 5 days ago

Hi AmyD, Thank you so much for popping in and leaving a review! We are so happy to hear you had a fab time with us and enjoyed our flavors. We pride ourselves on making our guests feel at home and we are so pleased our staff are doing just that! We hope you will come back soon to sample the rest of our dishes! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food.
We had the tasting menu with one item swapped for something we preferred and every course was mind blowing. The Israeli red wine was luscious. The waiter (who was new that week was lovely, friendly and attentive). The atmosphere was chilled informal and welcoming. We had a great evening. To emphasise though it was the food that was the best part.

Bala Baya
Responded on 15 August 2019

Hi Redearth, Thank you got taking the time out to review! It is so great to hear that our staff are doing a fab job & that you enjoyed our tasting menu! We cant wait to catch you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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NT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service were excellent.
The music was way too loud and too fast for a restaurant.

Bala Baya
Responded on 15 August 2019

Hi NeilT, Thanks for stopping by, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed our food and service. We have noted your comment on our music levels and will address this with the team. We cant wait to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and cocktails.

m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality of food with varied dishes with lots of flavour and presented very well
Likewise service was super - in particular the manager who is very professional but also highly personable
The ambiance in particular during summer months is heightened with the outdoor seating - albeit limited and without views but nonetheless pleasurable option
In terms of pricing - this is fair by en large however a few dishes like the fish feel heftier than expected
Defiantly recommended if you like Israeli / food from the region

Bala Baya
Responded on 6 August 2019

Hi Moof, Thank you for popping by and for taking the time to write a review! We are absolutely over the moon reading your fantastic feedback - it is so great to hear you loved your food and that our staff took good care of you. We hope to see you again soon! Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went on a barmy summer's night, sat outside and felt like we were in Tel Aviv. It was great. The food is beautifully presented and imaginative combinations of taste. There are a selection of plates to share and they were all unusual and absolutely delicious. The wine is expensive - I think the cheapest is £32, so although the food isn't expensive, the bill came to £115 for two. We had a very charming waitress and the manager was equally welcoming. The service was slow and I think they forgot some of our plates at times and had to be reminded, but it didn't bother us as we were having a good time. Recommended.

Bala Baya
Responded on 6 August 2019

Hi Mangetout, Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and for providing invaluable feedback and we have passed your comments over our management who apologise if we missed some plates, we hope this was dealt with on the night! Bringing Tel Aviv to London is exactly our aim and we are to hear happy we are doing just that We can't wait for you to come over again soon! Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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N
Singapore
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food that is beautiful in the plate and in your mouth. What a pleasant surprise!

Bala Baya
Responded on 5 August 2019

Hi Nichole, 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 really do hope to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, a lovely lunch meal with collagues - we opted for the Lunch Sook menu. Slightly pricey for lunchtime but for a one-off team meal it's a nice option. Will definately like to go back and try the weekend bruch menu. The lady who served us was lovely (shame I didn't take her name), she really made our experience great, thank you.

AR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super friendly staff. Great set lunch menu- very tasty and good value.

Bala Baya
Responded on 6 August 2019

Hi AmandaR, Thank you very much for taking the time out to send us your feedback. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our Power Lunch offer! We hope to see you again soon, perhaps for dinner? Much Love, Bala Baya X

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just ok for the price. Ordered tasting menu for 3 and each course had 2 plates to share, yet were still charged for 3 people.
If you can't get a tasting menu right, don't offer it. It is just a set-menu in that case for 2, 4, 6 etc.....

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

Amazing meal- second time here but somewhat found it better than the first. (Which was also amazing ) tasting menu was fab! Highly recommended and our hostess was so accommodating and lovely

LM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just lovely, interesting, different and simple. Service was great too and it's a really nice, casual urban setting; we even had a table outside which was perfect in this heat. A great spot for a chilled meal with friends, date night or as we did - a work team lunch with a difference. Definitely will become a staple!

Bala Baya
Responded on 5 August 2019

Hi Lmxx, Thank you very much for your review & support, it really 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 and we hope to see you again very soon! Much love, Bala Baya Xx

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K
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The concept for this place sounds so much better then the actual reality. Food (we went for Sunday brunch) has fantastic ingredients and flavours but they are drowned in oil, the place is beautiful but so noisy that the four of us at the table struggled to hear each other. Sadly, we won’t be returning.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal at Bala Baya one Saturday night: really busy, but they squeezed us in when we arrived 45 minutes early (on the off-chance). Brilliant service and delicious food. Sometimes small plates add up to a large bill, but Bala Baya was excellent value for money.

JK
London
73 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding brunch at Bala Baya. I had the French Toast and my grandmother had the ripples eggs. Totally delicious food, great staff, and great design👍👍👍

GS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had an early supper on Friday night with a girlfriend - we shared the greens, the cauliflower, potatoes and baklava prawns (absolutely delicious). Would like to have tried a fuller range of the menu but we found we were quite full after 4, light dishes between us. The service was what really stood out for me though- the staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and for that reason, I’ll definitely be back!

LO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was lovely for our Sunday brunch, flavours were incredible. Would definitely return.

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 July 2019

Hi LucyO, Thanks for your feedback, it's fab to hear you enjoyed your visit! We hope to catch you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff was so incredibly friendly and the food was so good. Good portion size. I will definitely good back and recommend!

TF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Really unusual flavour combinations that worked exceptionally well. Beautiful presentation and fantastic service.
The only thing that let it down was the limited choice of beer. Only one type of beer on offer, which wasn't much better than fosters or carlsburg. The cocktails made up for this, they were fantastic.
I would go back for the baklava prawns alone!

Bala Baya
Responded on 29 July 2019

Hi TorFil, Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us! Sorry to hear your not a big fan of Goldstar, we took a decision to showcase one of the lesser known brands from Israel. We do have a rather large drink list and we are happy you enjoyed our cocktails instead. We hope to see you again soon! Much Love Bala Baya Xx

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, look forward to visiting with friends , can't wait .

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 July 2019

Hi mikew, It is great to hear you had a good time with us. We can't wait to catch you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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j
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative mixture of flavours. We enjoyed each dish very much

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 July 2019

Hi join, Thank you very much for taking the time out to send us your feedback. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the flavours! We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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ZB
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious. I would go back for the variety and the uniqueness of each dish. The cauliflower and the hummus were my favourites. We were a group of 7 and we ordered the tasting menu and there was a lot of food. We felt bad at not having been able to finish it all.
The service was really good as well and the lady guided us and told us about the most popular dishes and we had a good laugh with her. The only thing that could have been improved is the attentiveness towards the latter half of the meal when we were all quite full and the food lay there for a long while before moving on to the last course.
In all, loved the place and can't wait to go back.

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 July 2019

Hi ZiniaB Wow, thank you so much for a fantastic review we are so pleased to hear that you had a good time with us on your last visit. It really is comments like yours that let us know all our hard work is paying off and our guests are having the experience we hoped for! We have passed your feedback to our team and they are overwhelmed by your kind words. We can't wait to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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ML
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. So tasty. Lovely, friendly service from our Lithuanian waitress. Only surprise was that they charged us for extra pitta bread. Their prices are not cheap so giving an extra pitta at no charge would be a nice gesture.

s
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined there on Saturday night and had the best culinary experience. Since we travel the world and dining in many restaurants, we couldn’t believe this amazing find. Everything was amazing. Lovely, friendly and accommodating staff. Great music and by far, the best meal we have had lately. We shared 6 plates including the prawn baklava (WOW), cauliflower, lamb chops, kipper, aubergine tea & milk and the crispy chicken thighs. The service was top notch. We had to leave to see a play and they’ve made sure everything will be on time including an amazing cheesecake for a dessert. We also tried few cocktails. My favorite was the honey and smoke. And we shared a bottle of Israeli viognier that was amazing. By far the best Israeli/ Tel Aviv restaurant in London and obviously my favorite one. Can’t compare it to anything else. Unique and innovative. Definitely coming back here. There’s a lot more I would like to try. Thank you all very much.

Bala Baya
Responded on 16 July 2019

Hi Sean, It is a real treat to read your fantastic feedback - we are absolutely over the moon and want to thank you for all your kind words! We thrive for perfection and it is comments like yours that let us know all our hard work is paying off. We are delighted to hear you sampled so much of what we have to offer and thoroughly enjoyed each one! We can wait to have welcome you back soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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MG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous vegan tasting menu for £33 per person. So many different dishes and lovely flavours. Very friendly staff and attentive service. I only took 1 star off on Ambience as we were outside and wind was blowing smoke from next door’s meat grill in our direction! Otherwise perfect, would definitely recommend and will definitely go back.

LY
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, great value, good service. Very minor point was after ordering food came out very fast; table got congested.

Bala Baya
Responded on 22 July 2019

Hi LeeanneY, Thank you very much for you feedback, we are so happy to hear that you had a great time with us. We have noted your comment regarding our speed of service and our management team will address this with our staff. We hope to see you again very soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and super nice service. You should definitely drop by.

Bala Baya
Responded on 16 July 2019

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

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M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Second visit - the first was marred by poor service and I was assured that was unusual and an apology from the manager. I only went back again as the food was outstandingly good.

Hugely disappointed as again, really poor service. Incredibly slow, food coming out before drinks, massive gaps between plates. The staff were very courteous and friendly but nothing quite makes up for it if you’re anxious about whether you’ll ever get your food or drink.

Bala Baya
Responded on 16 July 2019

Hi Mk12, We can’t express how disappointed we are when reading your comments, providing outstanding quality of food and service is what we pride ourselves on, and extend our sincerest apologies that this was not the case when you visited us. We are always keen to learn more and improve and would welcome the opportunity to discuss your experience in more detail, if you could please drop an email to Natalia@balabaya.co.uk? We hope to hear from you soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply sublime.

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