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Bala Baya, London
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Winter terrace

Bala Baya

8.9/10
757
Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, SE1 0LR London
Israeli
Average price £52

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Bala Baya

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£64 per guest
Available from Oct 17 to Jan 17

MICHELIN Special

£57 per guest
Available from Feb 15 to Mar 31

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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: February 2024
Chef Eran Tibi
Dietary optionsGluten free, Lactose intolerance, Nut allergies, Peanut allergy, Vegan dishes, Vegetarian dishes
Naughty nuts & jam
£12
Chestnut & cardamom babka, baharat milk jam, macadamia, gold dust
Sticky treat
£12
Mejdool dates, black treacle, baharat chantily, bahart crumble
Midnight malabi
£12
Coconut, white rum, black tahini, morello cherry, vanilla, rose, sesame brittle
MICHELIN Special £57
This preset menu includes: Sharing Tasting Menu

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Reviews

8.9/10
Fabulous758 reviews
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Food

8.8/10

Service

8.5/10

Ambience

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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Short waiting time
Moderate noise level
  • shyam m.3 reviews

    February 18, 2024

    8/10

    Great service and extremely authentic food. The desserts are exquisite

  • Alfonso M.3 reviews

    February 18, 2024

    10/10

    Their hummus is worth dying for.

  • Davinderpreet M.

    Davinderpreet M.4 reviews

    February 17, 2024

    3/10

    Really poor for a restaurant that's got a Michelin star and has extortionate prices Really didn't appreciate the presentation and service at this place Food was mediocre and drinks were priced very high

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  • Adrian B.11 reviews

    February 17, 2024

    4.5/10

    The restaurant was Michelin ‘approved ‘ but although the food was authentic the menu was a bit limited , the service was not great and we asked twice for the music to be turned down and it was but nowhere near enough .Very disappointed.

  • Mateusz M.4 reviews

    February 11, 2024

    8/10

    It has taken a relatively long time for the waiters to come and take our order, but overall a good experience and the food quality was really nice

  • Melanie S.5 reviews

    January 21, 2024

    6/10

    Came with high hopes as friend recommended but we were disappointed. Some things were great such as the bread, lovely napkins and menu sounded exciting but starter portions were tiny plus we were charged £3.50 for 2 tiny breads (delicious as it was) and my dish called hake tempura was basically a fish burger. The food and service were ok. But not especially good in our view (4 of us). Maybe the evening menu is better?

  • Annette D.2 reviews

    January 10, 2024

    8.5/10

    Quite difficult to find which didn’t help either the freezing weather. The staff was nice, just the right amount of conversation and service, ambience was good.. Food not bad but not exactly to my taste, I found the flavour combinations a bit wrong for me, some spices little too overpowering in the desserts and the orange in the beetroot salad just didn’t work for me even though I use orange in my beetroot soup. Would have liked to see a few more grains like freekeh. It really was overpriced for what we had though even with The Fork £50 off. Doubt I’d go again but glad I tried it.

  • Yair R.

    Yair R.8 reviews

    December 31, 2023

    6/10

    We went here for New year's eve when they had the set menu. Some dishes like the octopus, the carrot hummus, the bread and the artichoke were really tasty whilst others were really not (Brussels sprout pork belly, market green salad and dessert). Dishes were brought and taken faster than I would have liked making a more rushed atmosphere.

  • Danielle J.13 reviews

    December 28, 2023

    10/10

    Amazing food. Vibrant flavours and colours. Really enjoyed it & highly recommend 👌

  • Marga M.5 reviews

    December 19, 2023

    7/10

    The food was really good. Exceptional even. Unfortunately everthing else was just average or maybe even a bit below. We were seated upstairs first, but there was so much noise that we could literally not hear each other speaking (we are young), so asked to be moved downstairs. This was a bit better but still very noisy. Why not take some acoustic measures to do something about this? I am very sure that would make a huge difference. The other part we were disappointed in was the waiting staff. We ordered the Festive Menu which is pretty pricey so we expected a lot. But all the dishes were just set on the table, without any explanation what was what, or where the ingredients. Also not all dishes from one course were brought at the same time which made it even more confusing. We also would have liked to have more than the 2 drinks we had, but couldn't get anybody to take our order even though by that time there were plenty of staff available.. Last comment was that we only received one dessert rather that the 2 described on the (still pricey) Festive menu. In the end we didn't feel the 200 GBP bill for 2 people was worth it. It's a shame, because the cooking is 10 out of 10 and is really something else.

  • Jill K.8 reviews

    November 26, 2023

    9.5/10

    Loved the food and the service Great

  • Javier M.

    Javier M.7 reviews

    November 24, 2023

    8.5/10

    Good food but found it expensive, even with the set menu

  • Anna p.1 review

    November 18, 2023

    10/10

    Fabulous food and friendly, welcoming staff. One of my best ever restaurant experiences. Do yourself a favour and visit!

  • Bree S.6 reviews

    November 16, 2023

    8/10

    The flavours in every dish are amazing. It did not disappoint. We claimed £50 off and didn't have to ask for the discount. Aubergine mess and beef brisket were highlights. The only fault I can say is that they told us prawn baklava was out of shell but it wasnt. Also the grilled cabbage was saltier than last time. Definitely returning - one of the best places to claim yums in London!

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  • Darryl W.

    Darryl W.9 reviews

    November 7, 2023

    9.5/10

    Wonderful food and extremely friendly staff. Slightly pricier than the average middle eastern restaurant but the food was significantly elevated in quality and flavour. Will return to try the brunch menu.

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  • Georgia R.6 reviews

    November 4, 2023

    9.5/10

    Beautiful dishes, great menu, friendly staff, upstairs mezzanine was a fashionable place to eat with its exposed brick and huge chandelier. Dishes were a little smaller than I expected considering the price

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  • Guanpeng Li3 reviews

    October 20, 2023

    6/10

    Expensive, cold and unreadable menu. Draughty and loud, cannot have a proper conversation. Wine is very expensive. Food is OK but overpriced. Won't recommend.

  • Mike H.27 reviews

    October 17, 2023

    8.5/10

    Second time we have visited this restaurant. Food was excellent once again and service was good. Only concern was that music was a trifle loud. We will return.

  • Chelsea S.12 reviews

    October 7, 2023

    10/10

    Wonderful food and cocktails!

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  • Vanessa M.

    Vanessa M.5 reviews

    September 30, 2023

    10/10

    Very nice place to share, just a bit £££, but the yums helped pay the bill

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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

Additional information

London Bridge, South Bank, South East London, South London, ,

About the restaurant

Bala Baya brings an authentic taste of Israel to South London. In true Israeli fashion, we’ve brought everything needed to make a mini Tel Aviv – our own pita oven, house made Gazoz, Bauhaus architecture and a soundtrack to match. So Yalla Yalla, come enjoy a taste of Tel Aviv, Bala Baya style.

Features

Mediterranean, Ceviche, , Cod, Lamb, Salad, Stew, Truffle, , , , Bookable terrace, , Fine Dining, Good for families, , Lunch, Romantic, Terrace, Black Friday, , TheFork Festival, , , Gluten free, Lactose intolerance, Nut allergies, Peanut allergy, Vegan dishes, Vegetarian dishes

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