Bala Baya Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR

Tucked away at Southwark’s Old Union arches, Bala Baya won my heart with its new weekend brunch menu. Not only is the food an absolute delight, the price is ridiculously attractive (£8pp). Bala Baya, Chef Eran Tibi’s first solo venture is worth the detour.


Arranged over two floors, in a brick-exposed railway arch, Bala Baya brings Bauhaus style to Southwark. A buzzing restaurant and a kick-ass soundtrack, how much better can it get? Designed by the award-winning interior design firm Afroditi Krassa, which also designed the hip Indian restaurant Dishoom, calls the look “desert Bauhaus”. With its exposed bricks, burnt orange, green palm frond and bespoke lighting, the ambiance is vibrant.


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Chrome and leather stools and banquets by Spanish firm Missana.

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Bringing a taste of sunny Tel Aviv to your London table, Bala Baya new bottomless menu costs only £8 per person which includes an unlimited amount of mezze as well as unlimited grilled lemon thyme pitta…Order and re-order as you please (trust me you will).  After training under Sami Tamimi at Ottolenghi and working with  Josh Katz at Made in Camden, Chef Eran Tibi has created a menu that mimics a day in the life of the “White City”.


Black slate table tops imported from Israel– Photo Sarah Barlondo for Mood Board Magazine
Bottomless gazozini cocktails for £19
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Unlimited grilled lemon thyme pitta – Photo Sarah Barlondo for Mood Board Magazine
Last but not least….The Dessert

My favorite part: the Rose cheesecake accompanied by fresh mint tea.

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Ottolenghi protégé, Chef Eran Tibi has mastered to translated his love for his native Tel Aviv into this unique bottomless brunch menu and I cannot wait to be back!

Bala Baya 
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Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches
229 Union Street
London SE1 0LR 
020-8001 7015
Price:  Bottomless brunch is £8pp
Bottomless gazozini cocktails £19

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Photocredit:  Sarah Barlondo for Mood Board Magazine

Sarah Barlondo is the Founder and Editor in Chief at Mood Board Magazine. An entrepreneur and devoted activist, she studied Architecture at Parsons, School of Design and Journalism+Politics at The New School in New York. She founded Access New in New York, the first student coalition for students with disabilities. Sarah Barlondo is now based in London where she studied at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture and is now completing her Architecture degree at Central Saint Martins.