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Bala Baya

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Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, SE1 0LR LondonSee map

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A friendly, lively restaurant which celebrates the Middle Eastern heritage of its passionate owner. Dishes are fresh, vibrant and designed for ...

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Restaurant menu

Last update: January 2023
Chef Eran Tibi
Average price £52
Burnt Babka
£15
Grilled pistachio & tahini enriched dough, blackberry compote, creme anglaise
Quince Pudding
£12
Milk sponge, quince, meringue, crème anglaise
Midnight Malabi
£10
Coconut, white rhum, black tahini, morello cherry, vanilla, rose, sesame brittle

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Reviews

9.1/10
Excellent522 reviews
9.2/10

Food

9.1/10

Service

8.9/10

Ambience

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  • Owen B.
    Owen B.

    January 15, 20233 reviews

    7.5/10

    Lovely food and staff, small portions and overpriced but still a lovely brunch restaurant.

  • Catherine P.
    Catherine P.

    January 15, 20234 reviews

    10/10

    Went for brunch with friends and had the brunch feast. Really enjoyed everything but in particular the mezze and the desserts. Really interesting and complementary flavours. Service was excellent, would come again and try other mains too! Thank you :)

  • Heqing S.
    Heqing S.

    January 13, 20235 reviews

    8/10

    The service was superb and really nice ambiance there. But the portion of the dishes was too small considering the price and the brisket doughnut was too salty for me.

  • Alex W.
    Alex W.

    January 7, 20235 reviews

    9.5/10

    Rarely do you find these days a restaurant with a refreshing totally individual style. All the dishes we had were superb. If you are bored with having the same thing over and over again - then try this place you won't be disappointed.

  • cris t.
    cris t.

    January 7, 20235 reviews

    8/10

    Service was amazing! 10/10 Food wasn’t amazing (but maybe that is just their lunch menu) a solid 8/10 nothing more.

  • Stefano U.
    Stefano U.

    January 7, 202338 reviews

    9/10

    Really nice place with amazing dishes. Impeccable service

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  • Mizzy K.
    Mizzy K.

    January 6, 20238 reviews

    9/10

    Amazing and creative food full of flavours. Staff were exceptionally friendly and professional. Portions are small so be ready to order two to three plates per person. One thing we didn't like was the cheap nightclub style music that was loud and did not match the ambience of the restaurant. Because of the dome-shaped ceiling, the music sounded even more offensive and everyone was forced to speak in louder voices. I really hope they play better music on lower volume (or no music at all) because it is a truly exceptional restaurant otherwise.

  • Erdi K.
    Erdi K.

    January 4, 20231 review

    10/10

    Perfect ambiance, great food!!

  • Tisha H.
    Tisha H.

    December 21, 20222 reviews

    10/10

    Delicious food, friendly and helpful staff

  • Carolina R.
    Carolina R.

    November 24, 202212 reviews

    10/10

    Great food, great service and great ambiance. What more can you ask for?

  • Andy J.
    Andy J.

    November 19, 202215 reviews

    7.5/10

    Unfortunately we waited for our table but it was already booked! Food and service were over other issues like noise at exceptional levels. It was a Saturday night! Warning that it was a Michelin guided place not starred.

  • Ximena M.
    Ximena M.

    November 10, 20223 reviews

    10/10

    Delicious food from the beginning till the end. Highly recommended.

  • Lisa R.
    Lisa R.

    November 6, 20221 review

    10/10

    Not disappointed and that’s something nowadays for a pricey restaurant! Food and service were really good. Only gripe, drinks are overpriced - beer £7, 125ml wine glass £8, bottle £34 (starting price), cocktails between £13 and £16… don’t come too thirsty.

  • Elena S.
    Elena S.

    October 30, 20221 review

    10/10

    Changed a plate on the menu to suite my dietary needs (pregnant). More than generous helpings for each serving.

  • Matthew C.
    Matthew C.

    October 30, 20221 review

    10/10

    Food was incredible, and nice atmosphere in the restaurant. Highly recommended.

  • Alejandro P.
    Alejandro P.

    October 29, 202210 reviews

    8/10

    The food at Bala Baya was really good, and the ingredients of high quality. However, some of the dishes were a bit overpriced: especially the brunch brisket burger we ordered was very small for a "main dish" at 18£ . The service was lovely and smiley but a bit slow - we waited for quite some time to order and have our plates changed. All in all a nice experience at Bala Baya and will be back soon!

  • Bryony C.
    Bryony C.

    October 26, 20221 review

    6.5/10

    Lovely food although the portions are small for the price. Staff are nice. The venue was very loud and they had music playing too, I couldn't hear my fellow diner at all at some points. We were upstairs and after a couple of hours we realised we were sitting in smoke [from the grill downstairs presumably] and our eyes were watering so we left. Such a shame as the food was good but we won't be returning.

  • Marta c.
    Marta c.

    October 23, 20228 reviews

    10/10

    Food was delicious but portions were too small (for the price).

  • Ian H.
    Ian H.

    October 21, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    Greta friendly, knowledgable service. Some of the tastiest, well cooked, interesting food we have ever had (and we are real foodies) and a cool vibe! We had the 'set menu' which was decent value. The Sea bass is probably the best fish dish we have ever had!!

  • Charlotte P.
    Charlotte P.

    October 1, 202220 reviews

    7/10

    Expensive for what it is- food good but average (brunch) and was ok as we had fork vouchers but would have been very disappointing if we had paid full price.

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Opening time
Open today

Monday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, SE1 0LR, London, United Kingdom

Public transport

Southwark

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