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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!
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
2 plates + pita and dip £20
From Taste of Tel Aviv menu. Add dessert for £6
If you like Ottolenghi you will like Baya Bala. However I must say that service and price does not match up. First of all the wine choices by the glass were poor, the wine served although was a hot day should have been chilled. The waitors were nice, but it did take a while to get our food and desert so the whole experience dragged out. The dishes could have been served with more pita bread or some table sides included.
The key point is that it is very overpriced food like this should cost much less. Go to Ottolenghi instead.
So nice to be back after lockdown. Forgot how good the food is and lovely staff.
Very yummy food. Will visit again.
We had a great time at Bala Baya. My friends and I were meeting out for a post-lock down reunion. We had a table outside, which was perfect. The staff were excellent. They were all following correct social distancing procedures, but that didn't stop them from also offering fun and friendly service. The food and wine were all delicious! We ended up staying much longer than we had originally intended, which thankfully wasn't a problem. I'd definitely recommend anyone to head to Bala Baya!
Often a great place to eat, this time just didn't feel AS great. I'm sure with reopening after lockdown there are sure to be some kinks to iron out. I will be back, hopefully when I do it will be back up to it's previous greatness
It's so good to have you back. Amazing as usual. The staff were wearing masks and there was many hand sanitiser dispensers to be seen. Friendly service and great vibe even with the masks. See you soon.
Excellent Israeli restaurant. We come here every few months are and never disappointed.
My wife and I had different opinions. She loved it but it was not for me. Firstly i felt that the decor was a bit underwhelming. I assumed it would be much trendier but it was a bit bland inside and did not have that classy or trendy feel to it. Secondly i felt the menu was a bit limited- there was only about 12 dishes. I felt these dishes were around 40% too expensive but i fully accept that may be Covid related as these places need to survive and recoup lost revenue. A 12.5% service included annoyed me but that may also be the post Covid norm. The lamb in laffa was the biggest disappointment- it was so tiny and cost £15- this price is absurd. £9 max. There was only one beer option and nothing on draught so the drinks menu wasnt that good either. There was nothing really on the dessert menu and even though i called ahead because it was my wifes birthday they didnt do anything for it at all bar giving us a small Rasberry shot at the end. The restaurant was not busy. I felt that it would have been easy for all the staff to make the tinniest of fusses by say singing happy birthday or providing a cupcake with a candle in it. They said they would only do this if we ordered a dessert (which we did not) which i feel was bordering on rude. I do feel that the waitress was upselling all the time ("have another drink") or by suggesting we order more which we didnt need and predictably a big push for their most expensive dish on the menu (some fish dish cant remember what it was), but again maybe this is the norm post Covid- she did eventually see that this was annoying me and then stopped doing it. The positives however cannot be overlooked. The Hummous dish was delicious as was the cauliflower. It was all nicely presented. The service (bar upselling) was quick and attentive. My wife loved the prawns and aubergine. The restaurant is in a cosy side street which has bars and live music. It is in a great location.
Amazing hosts, friendly staff and incredible food ✅
I was expecting a nice and relaxed atmosphere but they were actually playing really loud techno music and the ground floor was really chaotic with some customers doing shots. Really not what I had in mind but maybe I misunderstood the whole concept of Bala Baya.
The food was good but did not blow my mind either.
I would not go back to that restaurant.
Lovely meal. Recommend the short rib! Don't fill yourself up too much on the pitta bread. Really nice service.
Lovely food, service and atmosphere - so good to be back!
Very good food. If it was a bit more simple it was perfect.
Most amazing food in London.
Good luck to you guys during the crisis. We need you back!
Regularly recommend to friends. My fave restaurant in London. Amazing creative food, beautiful setting and great staff.
I came at lunchtime so the restaurant was relatively quiet which was perfect for a business conversation. Food is fantastic. Wonderful fresh salads, vegetables and fruits and great tasting meat dishes. Something different to your usual English/European/Asian fusion offering of so many eateries. Great value power lunch option too! Give it a try...
What super service and food. Unique and delicious.
Hello Stephenodonnell, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We will be looking forward to hosting you every time :) Much love Bala Baya team
fab place with super food and cocktails (food is a little on the pricey side for the quantity)
Superb food, great service & fun ambiance. Everything we tasted was delicious, with unusual but really perfect ingredient blends. This is top Mediterranean cooking with a twist
Hello Caroline666, Thank you so much for such a lovely review. Whenever you happen to be around please remember... we are here to accommodate and make sure that you will have even a better experience than the last visit :). Much love, Bala Baya team
Average food for a massively inflated price. Most of the dishes just okay. One of our dishes was inedible - the meat fatty, tough, bland and over cooked (the manager did exchange it for something else but not before commenting that it was ‘meant to be like that’...?!) Huge ‘discretionary’ service charge added at the end, and made to feel quite uncomfortable when we didn’t want to pay it. Went away with the overall feeling of being ripped off.
Hello Earlsfieldgirl, We are very sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience on your last visit. If you could please have the kindness to email us at email@example.com more details we would really appreciate it. Much love, Bala Baya team
We came across Bala Baya online by chance and would recommend to anyone looking for something a little different.
Food was outstanding, service great and a good location.
Hello Katrina, We are very happy to hear that you gambled on us and we proved you right :). We would be thrilled to see you returning in the near future and meet up the same standards that made you give us such a lovely review. Much love, Bala Baya team
My favourite London restaurant ❤️
Hello Anonymous, Would it be cheeky to say that you are our favourite London guest :) Much love, Bala Baya team
A regular at this restaurant - if you have not discovered this restaurant yet, you should do!! It’s a great c evening out.
Thank you WilliamR, Always happy to hear from you :). Looking forward to host you again. Much love, Bala Baya team
Very good food, atmosphere and service. We had 8 plates between 4 of us which was enough and they were all very good with some unusual dishes. We will definitely return.
Hello Chiora, Thank you so much for such good words . We will be waiting for your return and try our best to get the same or even better feed back :) Much love Bala Baya Team
Enjoyable evening. Service very good as was the food. Enjoyed the wine as well. I would go back.
Hello AshleyR, Thank you for your kind words. We will be looking forward to your return :) Much love, Bala Baya team
Great israelli food ! Lots of gluten free options
Outstanding food and exceptionally attentive service. Have already recommended to anyone who will listen
Hello VictoriaO, Thank you so much for a lovely review!! We are looking forward to seeing you here soon:). Much love, Bala Baya team
I’ve been three times and not been disappointed. I’ll be visiting again soon
As always, delicious food! Great and kind service. The only thing: too loud music, especially upstairs.
Delicious food and wine, would go back for sure. The only downside is that we felt a bit rushed at the end and couldn’t enjoy our desert - as you can only have the table for a max of 2h if a party of 3-4
Hello Alex, Thank you so much for finding the time to review us and especially for your kind words. Unfortunately on Weekends our table demands are quite higher than other days so it is very hard for us to provide our guests with extra time. Please give us a try on Weekdays and we are sure that we can provide you with a better experience. Please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure that you will be well taken care of.
Limited but very original food menu packed with flavour. Everything we tried was delicious - recommend the cauliflower, hummus and mackerel. Not cheap but will be back !
Hello hmmm, First things first, we absolutely love your nick name. Second, thank you so much for a lovely review and we are very sorry to hear that you found us limited. We are investing a lot of labour and material cost to our complex dishes so we are still trying our best to get everything we have right. We are developing as a team though, so next time you visit we might have even more options to our menus. We are looking forward to surprise you :) Much love, Bala Baya team
brilliant service, table of 8 in the end no issues in squeezing up. amazing food flavours and Israeli wine.
Hello Jayg, Thank you so much for a lovely review and we are thrilled to see that you had a nice time with us. We do remember you and your amazing group and let me tell you that we are looking forward to have you back the soonest possible :). Much love, Bala Baya team
The food was fantastic. Such a delicious meal, with many more things on the menu I would want to try. It’s 100% worth a visit for the food, but the service was quite poor. I usually never say anything about bad service, but this was pretty insane. We received our food over ten minutes before our coffees arrived, which were ordered first and after asking several times. We also asked for a few snacks, some honey for tea etc and it took upwards of three times asking for them to finally come each time. I think it was slightly more frustrating because the restaurant was quite empty. The waiters were all very friendly, but it was just a bit infuriating that we were left waiting for things for extended periods of time. However, the food and atmosphere still makes this wonderful place worth it. Maybe just allow at least 2 hours to sit, order and pay for one course.
Hello Levanah, Thank you so much for finding the time to review us. We have already passed your feedback to the team and we hope that this visit did not let you believe that this is our standard of service. Please email us at email@example.com and we will make sure that we will make up to you about this experience. Much love, Balabaya team
It was a lovely, kid of hidden, place. Went there for brunch and food was great, recommend ordering shakshuka. Within time it got busier and the atmosphere is lively. Definitely recommend.
Always fun to go back to this restaurant. Nice, non pretentious staff & very accomodating. Food was delicious, especially their new Labaneh & greens and aubergine mess. Drinks were delicious and service was efficient and smooth like always. We usually sit upstairs but we sat on the counter this time and enjoyed watching the chefs in action.
We always recommend it to everyone we know as it has a different & more creative take than any other modern Israeli restaurant we tried in London. Thanks again to all the chefs who entertained us while we were there. We shall be back very soon!
Food was tasty, but very small 'sharing' portions at high prices. We were brought the bill at 9:45pm without asking for it (or being offered dessert). After dessert the waiting staff did everything they could to get us to leave as quickly as possible. Not a relaxed dining experience. Plenty of better options out there!
Hello Londondiner, Thank you for taking the time for a review. We are very sorry for your experience and surprised to hear that the bill ended up on your table without being asked. This is not up to our standards and we will make sure that the team will get briefed about it. If you would be so kind to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss this further, we would like to hear more about your experience. Bala Baya team
A great Israeli restaurant in a very suggestive location. Service was superb though the restaurant seemed a bit cramped. The value was excellent.
A beautiful setting for a nice evening meal, however very disappointed with the food. With the menu being limited, we had presumed the quality of the food would be exceptional, but in reality it was flavorless and quite frankly not very nice. The staff were pleasant and gave us a free dessert as they split wine over the table, however the dessert was so disgusting, we didn't even eat it.
If you want good quality, tasty food, I would not recommend.
Hello GraceK, Thank you so much for the review and the feedback. We are very sorry that we failed to impress you and for the wine that we spilt on you. Your feedback has already been given to the chef and we can only imagine that something must have not been up to our standards. If by any chance you decide to give us another try please email us on email@example.com and we will make sure that you will leave with a completely different experience. Much love Bala Baya team
Really good, fun and innovative food. Generous portions and great atmosphere. We went for the tasting menus and they were able to accommodate different preferences (e.g. cheese on the side). Highly recommend!
Hello EmilieF, Thank you so much for a lovely review. We are looking forward to accommodate you again and you can put us on the test with as many dietary requirement you want :). Much love, Balabaya team
Tried the Valentine’s Day set menu, a good way to sample of the menu highlights. Service was amazing - despite it being a busy night for the staff it felt like everyone got individual attention!
Hello JoannaO, Thank you for being so kind and we would like to ensure you that in your next visit you would get the same attention, if not even more :) Much love Bala Baya team
Bala Baya does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.
Bala Baya is rated 4.3 stars by 951 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.