Mediter­ranean magic

Where London - - Dining -

Swap the streets of South­wark for those of Tel Aviv at Bala Baya, a new Is­raeli restau­rant that’s open from break­fast un­til cock­tail hour. The din­ner menu is made up of shar­ing plates, giv­ing you the chance to sam­ple any­thing from ox to sharon fruit salsa. High­lights in­clude salmon and toasted sesame dip tahini, and yel­low tail snap­per with arak (above). The ground floor, with its ex­posed pip­ing, bright lights and alu­minium bar, takes in­dus­trial chic to the ex­treme but the mez­za­nine is cosy, with palms un­der an ex­posed rail­way arch. Ser­vice is fast and friendly. Note that there are few op­tions for veg­e­tar­i­ans or those with other di­etary re­quire­ments. Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union St, SE1 0LR. T: 020-8001 7015. www.bal­abaya.co.uk. Sta­tion: South­wark/Lon­don Bridge

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