If you fancy a vibrant, flavour-packed taste of the Mediterranean, Balady, next door to The Mitre, could be well worth a visit.
This kosher vegetarian take-away/restaurant is part of a small chain with the original branch in Temple Fortune, another in Leather Lane near Hatton Garden and the latest opening in St Pancras Way in Camden. At Balady, it’s all about falafel, sabich (a fried aubergine and egg dish), shakshuka (eggs with tomatoes and peppers), hummus and other goodies. And, boy, are they good. This is meat-free food of the highest order.
The falafel with pita (£7) is served with hummus and salad and is quite a substantial meal. The falafel are small and crunchy – dark brown on the outside with a vivid green interior from the generous amount of herbs in the mix. They are remarkably good and incredibly moreish. The pita is light and fluffy and the salads, fresh, zingy and the perfect pick-me-up on a dreary January day, particularly if you don’t mind things spicy.
The sabich (from £7) with its combination of aubergine, egg and hummus is really satisfying and other tempting options include cauliflower shawarma and corn schnitzel (an ideal vegan choice), both from £9. Do also note that the falafels are gluten free. On our recent visit we gilded the lily by having a portion of their home-made chips (£4). These really were seriously good.
Balady is unlicensed, just offering a range of soft drinks, tea and coffee, but several deserts are available. They also offer a catering service.
Monday to Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday: 11am to 2.30pm
Saturday: 6pm to midnight
Sunday: 11am to 9pm
60 High Street, Barnet EN5 5SJ
020 8458 2064