Bala Baya

4.4
693 reviews
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Israeli
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:30PM - 10:00PM

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The food wasn't really my taste, a bit too oily. I would also not say it is good value for the money - we spent 80 pounds for 2 people just for 4 small dishes and 1 beer each.
The main issue, however, is the cooking smell in the restaurant. We have to get our coats dry cleaned after a visit to Bala Baya despite sitting away from the kitchen - quite disappointing, please invest in some ventilation system.
The staff is really nice and attentive but I it is not likely that I will be coming back here.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovey location. Food wonderful and a bit different. Wine great. Good service. Got a bit warm upstairs.

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n
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, great restaurant, friendly staff, good wine list, fantastic food which has amazing flavours. Can't recommend highly enough, need more stars 10/10

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SB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good and different flavours to your normal run of the mill. Don’t like the food coming as it’s ready - for the price I’d expect it to come vaguely at the same time. There were 10 mins between some dishes. Service was ok, though again for the price is expect more.

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EM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good is brilliant - particularly the vegetable dishes. Great options.

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here A LOT.
I'm an Israeli living in London and I love Bala Baya,
everything about it reminds me of home - the food, ambiance, the design...
The food is delicious and has all the right flavors,
FINALLY found a place that does pita bread like it's supposed to be!
The brunch is great as you get unlimited plates of different salads for £8pp and that's the time the sun is right in between the buildings so you can sit outside enjoy it together with the food.

The staff is really friendly - in particular, Shimi always makes us feel at home! bless him, remembers our names and always cuddles with our little one! such a star!

Not the cheapest meal, but if you're a foodie like me you know it's an average price for nice food.

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TG
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly casual place with surprisingly delicious food. Unusualy rich in taste
Mediterranean - Israeli cuisine.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was nice but not worth the price. Service was elitist and poor. Would not come back.

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R
London
22 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Booked in for a meal at 2pm so would have been great to have the lunch/dinner menu not the brunch menu. The food was delicious though!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Best cauliflower ever. Good place

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Michaelangelo was an amazing tentative waiter. Bit pricey

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every single bite!

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ND
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Not my first visit and will definitely be going back. Excellent food and service, highly recommended.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was ideal for a pre theatre supper. Service was fast, food good and the Israeli wine lovely.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great food. Hidden gem

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S
Ruhr region
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wir waren begeistert. Tolles Ambiene, netter Service und äußerst leckeres, besonderes Essen. Besonders der Cheesecake mit Banane war ein Gedicht.

Bala Baya
Responded on 10 May 2019

Hi Sunny265, Thank you for feedback & review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food, ambience & service :) Your comments have been passed over to our team. We hope to see you again for another slice of cheesecake soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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s
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great meal after visiting the Tate Modern, the staff really friendly and the food tasted amazing. Will definitely go back.

Bala Baya
Responded on 10 May 2019

Hi scotth, Thank you for your review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit :) We hope to see you again very soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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AG
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would definitely recommend. We did have to wait a while for our table which we had booked, but the food was delicious and service excellent.

Much enjoyed and would go again.

Bala Baya
Responded on 10 May 2019

Hi AmandaG, Thank you for feedback, we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your last visit with us. We apologise that there was a wait for your table, your comments have been passed to our management team, who will address this with our staff. We hope to see you again very soon! Much Love, Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food in a lovely setting. Lots of lovely sharing plates full of flavour.

Bala Baya
Responded on 10 May 2019

Hi food4thought, Thank you for your love & support, it means the world to us! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your last visit & hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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EM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative restaurant. It would be expensive for dinner as it has a small plates concept. However, for brunch, it is perfect as you can order very reasonably priced main meals. I loved it.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, but not a big fan of the 1980s music... Also, please turn the volume down.

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f
London
18 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Great flavors and each dish surprised me with new and exciting taste. 5-6 shared dishes is enough for two people. the staff and manager were very friendly and professional. I love the open kitchen layout and the space to sit at their kitchen bar. Next time I would love to sit upstairs as that area looked cosy. the wines were slight higher than expected and therefor I gave 4 instead of 5 stars.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and customer service, very good ambience.

Bala Baya
Responded on 10 May 2019

Hi JoJo, Thank you so much for your love & support, it means the world to us! We are glad to hear our team took good care of you. We hope to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place ! The food is exceptional, big explosive flavours & the service is friendly , efficient & informed . Great playlist too .

Bala Baya
Responded on 10 May 2019

Hi James, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your last visit with us! We pride ourselves in offering fresh & vibrant dishes & your comments let us know that we are doing it right! We must admit, we think our playlist is rather special too :) Your feedback has been passed over to our team & we hope to see you again very soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Bank Holiday brunch! Food is delicious and there is many vegetarian options. Bottomless Prosecco Gazoz for a sunny day is a must! Will be back soon!

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FF
London
68 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! Unlimited small plates to get you started and then a wonderful main dish. I had a Yemeni Pancake which was amazing.

Soooooo delicious

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would rate value price as zero as the restaurant appears to be trying hard to find ways to rip off from customers

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FF
London
68 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning meal. I was tasting things I had never experienced before. Truly remarkable

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 April 2019

Hi FrankF, Thank you for taking the time out to send us your feedback, we are so pelased to hear you enjoyed your vivst & we cant wait to see you again! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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L
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was really good and tasty and would recommend foodies to come here. However, the price is staggeringly high for the size of the plates. It cost £10 for a couple of pieces of cauliflower.

They need to do something about their prices because there are other places similar such as Coal Office with similar and probably better food but much much better value.

Bala Baya
Responded on 26 April 2019

Hi Luke, Thank you for taking the time out to send us your feedback. We are very happy to hear that you would recocmennd us and that you enjoyed your visit. We have passsed feedback regarding our potion sizes to our management team and they will look into this. We hope to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya X

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends reunion

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LL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
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.

Bala Baya
Responded on 23 April 2019

Hi LisaLisa, What a fantastic review, it is comments like yours that let us know we doing it right. We are so pleased to heear that you enjoyed our food and Shimmy took good care of you, he really is fab!! We have paased your feedback on to the team and they are thrilled! We cant wait to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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PJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
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!

Bala Baya
Responded on 23 April 2019

Hi PippaJ, Thank you for showing us so much love & we are so gald to hear you are becoming a regular, such great news! We can't wait to see you on your next visit, please do let us know what you think of the rest of our dishes. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner before theater. Good food, inventive options, but not extraordinary

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E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
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.

Bala Baya
Responded on 23 April 2019

Hi Eater, 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 in our food & that our staff took great care of you! We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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M
London
29 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
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!

Bala Baya
Responded on 23 April 2019

Hi TPhillips, Why thank you very much, we are very happy to hear you found our food "De-licious" we couldn't of said it better oursleves! We hope to see you again very soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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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.

Bala Baya
Responded on 23 April 2019

Hi cathclou, Thank you very much for your love and support, it means the world to us! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that our staff took good care of you. We hope to see you again very soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx

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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!

Bala Baya
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

Bala Baya
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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