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!
London restaurant Festival: 7 Course taster menu £42pp
Dishes are designed to be shared and are served when ready, please let your waiter know about any allergy or dietary requirements. Please be aware 12.5% service charge will be applied to your bill on the night. The whole table must dine from the menu.
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 7 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 2 - 7 people
Starts: 1 October 2019
Ends: 31 October 2019
Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-23:00
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a fantastic meal!
Please note we will only be offering New Years Eve Tasting Menu and will be in touch closer to the date with all the information regarding our party.
Tuesday, 31 December, 2019
See availability for 1,000 point tables
Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Wonderfully authentic dining. Great food and efficient, friendly service.
Great food. Attentive service. The weekend brunch is delicious and good value
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
A little overpriced, service a bit inflexible, but otherwise great food.
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
Fantastic food, although the service was lacking - half of our table received their meals 10 minutes before everyone else.
Could have been less 'background' music. Couldn't have a conversation with he rest of the table without shouting
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.
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.
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.
My wife and I really enjoyed our first visit to Bala Baya. Lovely food, friendly service and a buzzy atmosphere. We had the eight-course dinner tasting menu and we loved all of it. The venison minute steak was a particular highlight, we'd never tasted anything like it before. We look forward to visiting again soon.
Food overpriced and overly complicated without actually enhancing flavour.
Delay in service between plates.
Design of restaurant meant service was lacking.
Regardless the food is great; service is disappointing.
Ordered set menu and additional dish, and had to follow up with the server for the additional dish. No one came back and letting us know how long will be for the dish to arrive. 20 mins later still nothing.
Restaurant is full but lack of attention to table, short of staff more like.
Requested bday plate on bookatable, manager said they have problem with the system.
Not a great experience to celebrate birthday!
Really need to look at staffing issue.
The venue for Bala Baya, under railway arches, away from the road, was not as noisy as I was led to expect from reviews. It was a handsome venue - seating upstairs preferred - with friendly staff. Used to other Middle-Eastern restaurants, the food was interesting, unusual even, less dominated by herbs, but tangy with lime (tea-infused aubergine) or horseradish (Brick potato), all well presented, though the menu lacked larger vegetarian dishes. The biggest surprise was the price of wine - a large mark up, with average bottles approaching £40. If, or likely when, I return I will eat well but drink sparingly.
Overloaded dishes, waiters you couldn’t understand, not a delicate tasting menu. Burned for 30 hours.
Do not recommend!
Staff really friendly and helpful, but little noisy and tables too close together. Some of the food was great, but few dishes bit underwhelming (bread a bit hard, the green veg included some large chunks that could have been cut).
The food was delicious, from the main menu to the deserts!!
We arrived on time for our reservation at 8:30pm and the restaurant was at full capacity. We were not seated till 8:45pm and we ordered immediately since we were starving. We had the tasting menu which was about 7 courses + dessert. While the first 5 courses came out rather quickly, we sat at the table waiting for one of our appetizers for a good hour and we had to get the attention of the waiter before they even realized we had been sitting there for so long. As soon as got their attention we also ordered our dessert for fear of waiting another 50 mins before being noticed. The table behind us had sat down after us, eaten and left before us. By the time we had finished dinner it was 3 hours since we sat down - of course we told the manager when we got the check and did not pay service. The food was okay but was it worth 3 hours of dining time, certainly not. I think if the restaurant was more organized, we would have had a much better experience but given there are so many options in London, I doubt we will return.
Hi FridayDateNightFail, We sorry to hear your recent experience left you less than satisfied as we pride ourselves on our guest's full experience and take your comments seriously. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this in more detail. If you could please send an email to Natalia@balabaya.co.uk and allow us the chance to discuss and hopefully rectify the issues you faced. We hope to hear from you and be able to give you the real Bala Baya experience! Much Love, Bala Baya X
Food was good but service slow. All the dishes came out at different times so each of us ate our mains alone while we waited for the next one to arrive.
Food and service were very good, however the noise level precluded a simple conversation. Menu is good but could be a bit more extensive, and consistent. Had Dak Dak very good but needed some additional cheese, noticed later the neighboring table ordered the same and their meal had proper amount of cheese. That being said all dishes were very tasty and visually good.
Hi Larry, It's great to hear that you enjoyed our food & our staff looked after you! We apologise if our portion sizes weren't matched to your neighbouring table, if this had been bought to the attention we would have made you new portion to match. We try to change up the music to suit the time and day of the week. On weekday lunches & brunch, it's more relaxed and mellow, but when it comes to the evenings we embrace the party atmosphere! Much love, Bala Baya Xx Much love, Bala Baya Xx
Had an amazing client lunch. Well I say lunch, but didn’t leave until 4.30pm. Food, service and drinks were phenomenal. Can’t wait to return.
That was average, but just because we had a brunch menu and not the original menu. Brunch is very adapted to the wide range of customers with some mediterranean twist. Wish i had a choice of original menu as well.
Hi Sushifan, We are sorry to hear you found our brunch offering average, we do try our hardest to offer an array of dishes to excite all tastebuds and it is disappointing to hear this wasn't to your liking, we find most of our guests rave about our take on brunch. We do hope you will swing by for dinner or lunch where you can sample our offerings. Much Love, Bala Baya xX
Really delicious food, great wine and perfect service! Highly recommend this gem of a place. The hummus and chicken and aubergine all so good. And the wine!
Perfect evening, perfect place, perfect food, cannot wait to go back!
Great food but so loud we couldn’t hear the waiter or have a conversation!
Hi MrsKnitting, Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to leave a review. It's great to hear that you loved our food! We change the type and volume of the music to be suited to the time and day of the week. During weekday lunch and brunch, for example, it's more relaxed and mellow, but come on Thursday/Friday night we like to put on something more upbeat and turn it up! We do hope our party atmosphere will not deter you from coming again. Much love, Bala Baya Xx
Amazing restaurant, great food. A lovely experience
Hi Basil, Thank you for your love and support - It means the world to us! We hope you pop in again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx
One word for this place: incredible!
The service was terrible. It took over an hour for lunch to arrive and our waiter disappeared. The food was mediocre.
Probably the tastiest food we have had for a while. We all agreed that every single dish was exceptional. And the service was attentive but not overly in your face and for what we got it was really good value for money. This place has a relaxed but fun vibe. Simply cannot wait to go back (but hoping not too many people read this and cotton on so we can't get a table....!!)
Hi BridgetG, 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 and that our team looked after you! We have passed your feedback on to the team and we hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx
An interesting venue; very welcoming staff and excellent service throughout. Food was inventive and very tasty. The Israeli Rose wine we had was excellent.
A useful venue for an early dinner before seeing something at the Union Theatre in the same complex.
Hi MichaeIT, Thank you so much for your faboulous feedback! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on your last visit ☺️ We hope to catch you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx
Great atmosphere and buzz. Beautiful food although definitely order several dishes as some are quite small. Hummus exceptional and the taste and presentation of everything we had was great. Service very informal and friendly; but did take a while at the busiest part of the evening. However, the taste, buzz and hummus definitely mean I’d return and recommend.
Amazing food. We were upstairs, which had a good atmosphere. Took a while to get served but once it happened they were much more attentive. Highly recommend
Thanks so much for your review - apologies for the delay on service, but 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
Wonderful meal at Bala Baya, where I hosted my senior management team. Great food, vibe and service. Vegetarian and vegan options were well catered for (& delicious), and the cheesecake desert is out of this world. Head of our Dubai office noted it was "the best hummus I have ever eaten, and I eat a lot of hummus".
Exceptional lunch. The aubergine salad delicious, the octopus extraordinary, and the cheesecake divine.
What more is there to say?
Hi JenniferK, We are so glad you enjoyed our dishes and had a fab lunch with us! Your review means the world to us and we don't think we would add anything ourselves - thanks so much! We hope to have you over again very soon. Much love, Bala Baya Xx
We ate a delicious meal and cannot wait to go back.
Hi MOMMYfoodies, Thank you for stopping in and leaving a review. Your support means the world to us and we cant wait to see you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx
Bala Baya is a good restaurant - food, setting and service is great. My only reservation is that I think it is a little expensive for what it is. I do recommend it though!
Hi SarahG, Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a review! You're too kind, we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We value your feedback and have passed this onto the team. We hope to see you again soon. Much love, Bala Baya Xx
Absolutely amazing food and service!!! Just the best!
Hi JessicaR, Thank you for your love and support - it means the world to us! We hope to see you again soon. Much Love, Bala Baya Xx
Could not recommend this more highly. Fantastic food and friendly service. Just a gorgeous restaurant.
Hi RchaelH, Thank you so much for dropping in and leaving such gorgeous comments, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see catch you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx
I was familiar with the work of chef Eran Tibi so was curious to see how it played out in this environment. We went on a sunny weekend for brunch, and were able to sit outside, which was lovely. The menu offered a number of vegetarian and fish choices but am not keen on the stipulation that the small plates have to be ordered by everyone at the table. I think some of the dishes in the small plates section could usefully be offered as mains, to give more variety. The cocktails were nice and a bit different. The acid test is whether I would go back — my friends would, but I don't think I would make the journey — two tubes and two buses for me — as I thought it was pleasant but didn't really have the necessary wow factor. Sorry, Eran!
Food was excellent as always! The staff very friendly but professional. Also very accommodating as we needed bigger table at the last minute. The only downside is that it’s a bit noisy.
Thank you so much for your faboulous feedback! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on your last visit ☺️ We hope to catch you again soon! Much Love, Bala Baya Xx