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Traditional African and American Cuisines

Bala’s Bistro is a traditional African restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, known for its wonderful ambiance and wide variety of delicious and diverse cuisine. Our mission is to delight our guests with flavorful cuisines from around the world. We specialize in African and American cuisines, serving the very best of both worlds to our customers. No matter what you are craving, be assured you can find something you would enjoy in our diverse menu!

African Cuisine

African cuisine is as diverse as its vast continent. Combining the freshest ingredients, the fastest and friendliest service, and the best dining experience possible, we offer you the best at Bala’s Bistro.


Our famous signature dishes are carefully chosen to represent the best of African cuisine. Whether you are looking for vegan food or authentic home cook dishes, Bala’s Bistro has always something to meet your cravings. Stop by Bala’s Bistro for lunch or dinner!

American Cuisine

Bala’s Bistro also serves delicious traditional American favorites, such as freshly grilled quarter-pound beef burgers, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with a variety of savory fillings, and grilled or fried chicken with a sauce of your choice.

Catering

We offer catering services for all manner of events! Our expert caterers are reliable, professional, and always on time. It is our priority to exceed your expectations. Be it weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, private events, and more. Let us host your next event, be it a wedding, birthday, or anniversary, and give your family and guests a delectable experience they’ll never forget!

Meal Preparation

People with daily restrictions can trust us with their meals. If you are trying to lose weight or simply want a convenient way to prepare your own lunches and dinners, Bala’s Bistro offers prepared meals to go. Available 7 days a week, Bala’s Bistro’s meal prep menu is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to experience our unique and robust flavors anywhere!


Contact or visit us at Bala’s Bistro to learn more about our various meal prep options.

STARTERS

BEEF FATAYAS $7

3 Spicy Beef Stuffed Pastry Dough fried to perfection. Served with a Spicy Onion Relish and our signature Boom Boom Sauce.


HOUSE SALAD $5

Iceberg Lettuce with Onions, Tomatoes, Cucumber Relish, and Cheese. Served with your choice of Ranch, Boom Boom Sauce

ADD GRILLED CHICKEN $4

BISTRO FAVORITES COMBO 

EACH BISTRO FAVORITE COMBO IS SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF: FRIED PLANTAINS, HOUSE FRIES, SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH SPICY HONEY, WHOLE FRIED OKRA.

ADD A SOFT DRINK FOR AN ADDITIONAL $2

COCA-COLA, FANTA ORANGE, SPRITE, GINGER ALE, DR PEPPER, LEMONADE MINUTE MAID, SMART WATER, OR DASANI WATER, PEPSI, GOLD PEAK SWEET TEA


ADDITIONAL $3 SUBSTITUTION TO UPGRADE TO A DINNER SIDE

Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantain Fufu Or Vegetable of The Day

8OZ BEEF BURGER $9

Grilled Beef Patty Served with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions & Pickles


Add Cheese $1 (American, Pepper jack, or Gouda Vegan Cheese.)

BEEF PHILLY CHEESE STEAK $9

Garnished with Caramelized Onions, Lettuce, Tomatoes & Jalapenos


Add Cheese $1 (American, Pepper jack, or Gouda Vegan Cheese.)

GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICH $9

Grilled chicken Breast, garnished with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Onions


Add Cheese $1 (American, Pepper jack, or Gouda Vegan Cheese.)

WINGS COMBO $9

6 Breaded Party wings

(Served with Carrots)

CHOICE OF ONE: Buffalo, Honey Gold, Honey Hot, Lemon Pepper

EXTRA $1 FOR ADDITIONAL FLAVOR SAUCE

CHICKEN QUESADILLA $9

Grilled Chicken Cooked with Cheddar Cheese, Onion Served with Sour Cream & Pico De Gallo.

CHICKEN WRAP $9

Grilled Chicken with Cheddar Cheese, Onions, Lettuce & Tomatoes. Your Choice of Sauce Boom Boom or Ranch

ALL ABOUT VEGAN

ADD SOFT DRINK FOR AN ADDITIONAL $2


COCA-COLA, FANTA ORANGE, SPRITE, GINGER ALE, DR PEPPER, LEMONADE MINUTE MAID, SMART WATER, OR DASANI WATER, PEPSI, GOLD PEAK SWEET TEA


ADDITIONAL $3 SUBSTITUTION TO UPGRADE TO A DINNER SIDE

Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantains, Plantain Fufu, Or Vegetable Of The Day

VEGAN KIMCHI WRAP $9

Caramelized Onions, Cabbage, Fresh Corn, Kimchi with Vegan Gouda Cheese wrapped with Boom Boom Sauce in a spinach tortilla. SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF: FRIED PLANTAINS, HOUSE FRIES, OR SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH SPICY HONEY OR FRIED WHOLE OKRA.


Additional Chicken or Beef $3


FALAFEL SANDWICH $9

Crispy Falafel with lettuce, and Cucumber Relish, topped off with Boom Boom Sauce in Flatbread. SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF: FRIED PLANTAINS, HOUSE FRIES, OR SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH SPICY HONEY OR FRIED WHOLE OKRA.

CHIPOTLE VEGAN BURGER $9

Grilled Chipotle Vegan Burger, garnished with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions & Pickles and Vegan Gouda Cheese. SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF: FRIED PLANTAINS, HOUSE FRIES, OR SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH SPICY HONEY OR FRIED WHOLE OKRA.

DINNER

VEGAN MAAFE $13

Creamy Peanut Butter Stew cooked with Carrots and Cabbage. Served with your choice of Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantains, Fufu Or Vegetable Of The Day.

VEGAN SAKA SAKA $13

Braised Spinach, with Onions cooked in Palm Oil. Served with your choice of Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantains, Plantain Fufu Or Vegetable Of The Day.

VEGAN OKRA STEW “SOUP KANDJA” $13

Okra Stew cooked with Onions, Celery, and Palm Oil. Served with your choice of Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantains, Plantain Fufu Or Vegetable Of The Day.

PEPPERED CURRY PASTA $13

Penne Pasta Smothered with a Spicy Peppered Curry sauce potatoes and carrots Served with Falafel

VEGAN PLATE $13

Jollof Rice, Fried Plantains, Vegan Saka Saka, and Falafels.

TASTE OF WEST AFRICAN FUSION

EACH TASTE OF WEST AFRICA IS SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF ONE SIDE: JASMINE RICE, JOLLOF RICE, BISTRO FRIED RICE, COUSCOUS OR PLANTAIN FUFU 

MAAFE

Creamy Peanut Butter Stew cooked with Carrots and Cabbage


CHICKEN MAAFE $14 – GOAT MAAFE $15 – $15 - LAMB MAAFE $15 - TILAPIA MAAFE $14 – SEAFOOD MAAFE $15


SAKA SAKA

Braised Spinach cooked with Onions in a Palm Oil


CHICKEN SAKA SAKA $14 – GOAT SAKA SAKA $15 - $15 - LAMB SAKA SAKA $15 – TILAPIA SAKA SAKA $14 - SEAFOOD SAKA SAKA $15

OKRA STEW “SOUP KANDJA”

Okra Stew cooked with Tomatoes, Onions, Celery, in a Palm Oil.


CHICKEN OKRA STEW $14 – GOAT OKRA STEW $15 – LAMB OKRA STEW $15 – TILAPIA OKRA STEW $14 - SEAFOOD OKRA STEW $15

PEPPERED CURRY STEW

Spicy Peppered Curry sauce with potatoes and carrots


CHICKEN CURRY $14 – GOAT CURRY $15 – LAMB CURRY $15 – TILAPIA CURRY $14 - SEAFOOD CURRY $15

BALA’S BISTRO SPECIALTIES - AFRICAN AND AMERICAN 

CUISINE FUSION

EACH BISTRO SPECIALTY IS SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF ONE SIDE. JASMINE RICE, JOLLOF RICE, BISTRO FRIED RICE, COUSCOUS, PLANTAIN FUFU, VEGETABLE OF THE DAY OR SALAD. ADDITIONAL $6 FOR SIDE VEGAN SAKA SAKA, SIDE VEGAN OKRA STEW, SIDE MAAFE STEW, OR SIDE VEGAN PEPPERED CURRY STEW

BRAISED BONE IN LAMB (DIBI) $16

10 oz Bone-In Lamb Served with Grilled Onion

BEEF PEPPER STEAK (DIBI) $16

Grilled Beef Served with Sautéed Onions and Peppers and Jalapeño Pepper

CHICKEN PEPPER STEAK (DIBI) $15

Grilled Chicken Breast Served with Sautéed Onions and Peppers and Jalapeño Pepper

TILAPIA $14

Grilled or Fried Tilapia Served with Spicy Onion Relish

GRILLED SALMON FILET $16

Grilled Salmon served with a Cucumber and Onion Relish and our signature Boom Boom Sauce

BEEF OXTAIL $27

Braised Beef Oxtail in a rich Tomato Sauce with Carrots, Celery, and Onions

2 PCS FRIED CATFISH FILETS $14

3 PCS FRIED CATFISH FILETS $16

Fried Catfish Filets Served with 4 Whole Fried Okra.

THE BISTRO PASTA

Penne Pasta served with Creamy Garlic Parmesan Alfredo Sauce


CHICKEN PASTA $14 - SHRIMP PASTA $16 - SALMON PASTA $16 – SEAFOOD & CHICKEN PASTA $16

DINNER SIDES

FRIED PLANTAINS

JASMINE RICE

JOLLOF RICE

BISTRO FRIED RICE

COUSCOUS

ATTIEKE

PLANTAIN FUFU

HOUSE FRIES

SWEET POTATO FRIES

$5

$3

$4.50

$5

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

$2.50

$2.50

VEGETABLE OF THE DAY

FRIED OKRA

VERMICELLI

SIDE SALAD

SIDE 5 GRILLED SHRIMP

$4.50

$4.50

$4.50

$4

$6

EXTRA $.75

BOOM BOOM

SPICY HONEY

PILl PILI PEPPER SAUCE

CUCUMBER AND ONION RELISH

SPICY ONION RELISH

GRILLED ONIONS

DESSERTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE $4

RED VELVET CAKE $4

CHEESECAKE $4

BEIGNETS $4

A fried delicacy served with your choice of Cinnamon or Powdered Sugar.

Additional $1 for Caramel, Strawberry or Chocolate Sauce

BEVERAGES

BALA’S BISTRO FAMOUS HOUSE MADE DRINKS

16 OZ. BOTTLES


HOUSE GINGER JUICE $3

HOUSE HONEY GINGER JUICE $3

HOUSE LIME GINGER JUICE $3

HOUSE TURMERIC GINGER JUICE $3

HOUSE HIBISCUS JUICE $3

HOUSE HONEY HIBISCUS JUICE $3

HOUSE COCONUT BAOBAB JUICE $3

HOUSE BAOBAB FRUIT JUICE $3

HOUSE TAMARIND JUICE $3

HOUSE GINGER TAMARIND JUICE $3

HOUSE DRINKS BY THE GALLON

HOUSE GINGER JUICE $20

HOUSE HIBISCUS JUICE $20

HOUSE LIME GINGER JUICE $20

HOUSE TURMERIC GINGER JUICE $20

HOUSE TAMARIND JUICE $20

HOUSE COCONUT BAOBAB JUICE $20

HOUSE BAOBAB FRUIT JUICE $20


SOFT DRINKS

COCA-COLA $2

PEPSI $2

FANTA ORANGE $2

SPRITE $2

DR PEPPER $2

SEAGRAM’S GINGER ALE $2

MINUTE MAID LEMONADE $2

GOLD PEAK SWEET TEA $2

DASANI WATER $2

SMART WATER $2

*Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness

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Learn more about Bala’s Bistro in Memphis, Tennessee. We serve traditional African cuisine as well as American favorites. We also offer quotes and estimates for our catering services and prepared meals to go. Contact us about our food selections. We change our menu every season, with new and improved dishes that you can try.

Contact Information

Bala’s Bistro

2160 E Raines Rd

Memphis, Tennessee 38116

Phone: 901-509-3024 | Email: [email protected]

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