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Bala Baya – Tel Aviv Life comes to Southwark

This week sees the opening of the exciting Bala Baya Restaurant & Cocktail Bar.

Bala Baya is the creation of Eran Tibi, formerly of Ottolenghi, Made in Camden and Zest@JW3, together with Sammy Shonn, co-founder and creator of When Mac Met Cheese.

Located in a refurbished railway arch, in a pedestrianised Southwark courtyard, Bala Baya joins a culturally diverse mix offering of occupiers including the re-located Union Street Theatre, The Cervantes Theatre (Spanish Theatre Company), The Africa Centre, Flying Fantastic and Macellaio RC Union Street.

Designed by award winning Afroditi Krassa, the ground floor provides a fast-paced, grab-and-go setting including an open kitchen and bar reminiscent of the world famous Bauhaus balcony of Tel Aviv’s Cinema Hotel. Upstairs contains finer finishes to reflect the more refined dinner menu, with a 76 cover restaurant.

Offering a balance of informal eating and fine dining, by day Bala Baya offers fresh, piping hot pitta bread cooked in house in their special pitta oven, Tel Aviv style, with a choice of interesting stuffings including stews and slow cooked meats, also available to take-out. The evening will see a more formal menu with innovative dishes inspired by Eran’s Middle Eastern heritage.

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Ali Reynolds, winner of 2015’s Diageo Reserve World Class UK Bartender of the Year, curated Bala Baya’s innovative cocktail list using unique produce from Israel.

Lewis Craig are delighted to be have acted as property advisers, from initial day one briefing to identify a special opportunity, to handling all negotiations and liaising closely with the entire team throughout the entire acquisition process.

For further information on Bala Baya’s future plans, please contact Richard Grossman at Lewis Craig.

Bala Baya is located close to Southwark Underground, Bankside and Tate Modern at:

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Old Union Yard Arches
229 Union Street
London SE1 0LR


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