Bala Baya Shook.
Given that it’s housed in the same former railway arch at as Bala Baya… it probably did.
And now that space is being shaken up once again, thanks to the Tel Aviv-style souk (hence ‘shook’) that’s been installed there. Everyday, they’re there slinging the two most important meals of the day:
You’ll find all manner of delicious Mediterranean pastries, from babka pretzels, to iced cinnamon buns, to chocolate babka swirl, to quince & almond torsade, and even cheesecake cookies. Yes, cheesecake cookies.
The dishes rotate so regularly, that they proudly proclaim that “no two breakfasts will ever be the same”. Which brings us onto,
You can either pair a salad (anything from roasted pumpkin with pineapple & fermented prawn dressing, to turmeric rice with roasted carrots and barberries) with something a little bulkier, including a helping of chicken with bitter orange, harissa, and butternut squash & kimchi; or sautéed squid with arak & butter sauce.
If you’re into something a little more hand-held, then a pitta stuffed with the likes of braised beef shoulder, crispy chicken thighs, or caramelised cauliflower ought to suffice.
It’s almost a pitta you have to choose.
NOTE: Bala Baya’s Shook is now open, on weekdays from 8am – 5pm, and weekends from 10:30am – 4pm. You can find out more at their website right HERE.
Bala Baya | Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR
Want to get some dinner? Then head to Bala Baya itself.