Arch 25 Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union St, London SE1 0LR
Bala Baya is one of the restaurants that form part of a group of renovated Southwark railway arches, with an almost small villagey feel.
A beautifully presented bright and airy space (the large open windows help) apparently inspired by Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus architecture, simple styling but very effective.
The ground floor hosts an open kitchen and counter were you can sit and eat and the second floor is more of a mezzanine, complete with a huge stunning almost modern art deco style retro cruise liner inspired light fitting, palm trees and lovely lush seating (try and grab the booth) .
By mornings BB is a bakery & coffee shop, lunch is light and vibrant and by night it transforms into a cool buzzy and contemporary restaurant.
The homemade bread was to die for (baked on site in their own Tel Aviv designed oven) with an array of slow-cooked meats & Fish (braised lamb, tasty chicken thighs & salmon with tahini) along with classics such as Hummus, harissa, tahini that were all all bursting with flavour (the baked caulis-flower was just divine) making it almost impossible to decide on what to have! There were puddings too, including chocolate babka, banana & pistachio cheesecake or refreshing light ice cream.
There were even great cocktails, bubbles and beers, with delicious mock tails on offer too and apparently BB is home to “London’s first Gazoz bar” which offering house-made sparkling botanical juices, possibly worth a visit just for those!!!
Exceptional flavours poured out and it was a pleasure to try them all.