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Bala Baya Restaurant Review

Bala Baya Restaurant Review

Bala Baya Restaurant Review

Bala Baya Restaurant opened on 16 January 2017 in Southwark with head chef, Eran Tibi, who is also the co-founder of Bala Baya. He was voted 2018’s Rising Star in Tatler’s Restaurant Guide 2018 however, I did not know this when the seven of us went there for an impromptu dinner on Friday night.

First impressions were good. It had a buzzy street atmosphere, trendy interiors, very pretty dining plates and good service. The interiors and food were inspired by the buzzing cafes in Tel Aviv.

We decided on a 6 dish tasting menu at £35 per person instead of a la carte.


  • Pitta bread and dip


  • Harissa & maple salmon: cured salmon, sharon fruit, bitter lemon, brick noodles, dill
  • Cauliflower: crumble, syrup and yoghut
  • Chickpea & lamb: chickpea hummus, braised lamb shoulder, pine nuts


  • Burnt Babka: Chocolate & hazelnut spread, stewed plums, whisked anglaise
  • Floating malabi: Malabi in pomegranate & chamboard broth with rose, sesame and Morrocan tuile.

I have not tasted these flavours before. They were scrumptious and totally moreish! It was hard pressed to pick a favourite. I enjoyed it all!

See Bala Baya Restaurant Italian Wine Review for more information on the wines we drank with our meal.

We were also given a complimentary pink ‘love’ shot to finish (that nearly finished me off!).

Budget: ££££

Address: Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR


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