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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 or Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce.

ADD GRILLED CHICKEN $4, ADD GRILLED BEEF $4 OR ADD GRILLED SHRIMP $6

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 20 OZ COKE PRODUCT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $2

COCA-COLA, FANTA ORANGE, SPRITE, GINGER ALE, DR PEPPER, LEMONADE MINUTE MAID, SMART WATER, OR DASANI WATER

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

8OZ BEEF BURGER $8

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

BEEF PHILLY CHEESE STEAK $8

Garnished with Caramelized Onions, Lettuce, Tomatoes & Jalapenos 

CHICKEN SANDWICH $8

Your choice of FRIED or GRILLED chicken, garnished with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Onions, and Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce.


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

CHICKEN TENDERS $7

5 Deep fried chicken tenders. Served with Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce.

FRIED CATFISH & SHRIMP $13

2 Catfish/ 4 shrimp Served with Fried Okra.

CATFISH PO-BOY $9

Fried Catfish with Boom Boom Sauce, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Cucumber Relish

SHRIMP PO-BOY $ 9

Fried Shrimp with Boom Boom Sauce,

Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Cucumber Relish 

WINGS COMBO $7

6 Breaded Party wings

(Served with Carrots)

CHOICE OF ONE: Buffalo, Honey Gold, Honey Hot, Lemon Pepper, Honey Hot Chipotle Sauce or BBQ Sauce

EXTRA $1 FOR ADDITIONAL FLAVOR SAUCE

BEEF OR CHICKEN QUESADILLA $8

Grilled Beef or Chicken Cooked with Cheddar Cheese, Onion and Bell Peppers Served with Sour Cream & Pico De Gallo.

BEEF OR CHICKEN WRAP $8

Grilled Beef or Chicken with Cheddar Cheese, Onions, Lettuce & Tomatoes. Your Choice of Sauce: BBQ Jerk Sauce, Boom Boom, Ranch, or Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce

ALL ABOUT VEGAN

VEGAN KIMCHI WRAP $8

Caramelized Onions, Cabbage, Fresh Corn, Kimchi with Vegan Gouda Cheese wrapped with Boom Boom Sauce in a spinach tortilla.

Additional Plant Base Meat $3 - Additional Chicken or Beef $3 - Additional Shrimp $4 


CHIPOTLE VEGAN BURGER $ 9

Grilled Chipotle Vegan Burger, garnished with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions & Pickles and Vegan Gouda Cheese

FALAFEL SANDWICH $8

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.

ADD A 20 OZ COKE PRODUCT FOR AN ADDITIONAL $2

COCA-COLA, FANTA ORANGE, SPRITE, GINGER ALE, DR PEPPER, LEMONADE MINUTE MAID, SMART WATER, OR DASANI WATER

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 FATAYAS (3) (VEGETABLE PIE) $7

Beets, Cabbage, Onions, Cauliflower, and Carrots Stuffed in Pastry Dough fried to perfection. Served with a Spicy Onion Relish and our signature Boom Boom Sauce.

DINNER

VEGAN MAAFE $12

Creamy Peanut Butter Stew cooked with Carrots and Cabbage. Served with your choice of 

VEGAN SAKA SAKA $12

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” $12

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.

VEGAN PASTA $12

Penne Pasta, with Onions, Tomatoes, Spinach, Corn, Carrots, Plant Based Meat with Homemade Tomato sauce. Served with Falafel.

VEGAN PLATE $12

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 $13 - BEEF OR LAMB MAAFE $14 - TILAPIA MAAFE $12 – SEAFOOD MAAFE $14 - RED SNAPPER $14 


SAKA SAKA

Braised Spinach cooked with Onions in a Palm Oil

CHICKEN SAKA SAKA $13 - BEEF OR LAMB SAKA SAKA $14 – TILAPIA SAKA SAKA $13 - SEAFOOD SAKA SAKA $14 - RED SNAPPER $14

OKRA STEW “SOUP KANDJA”

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

CHICKEN OKRA STEW $13 - BEEF OR LAMB OKRA STEW $14 – TILAPIA OKRA STEW $13 - SEAFOOD OKRA STEW $14 - RED SNAPPER $14

YASSA

Braised Onions Slow Cooked with Lemon, Garlic, and Dijon Mustard

CHICKEN YASSA $13 - BEEF OR LAMB YASSA $14 – RED SNAPPER $14 - TILAPIA YASSA $13

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

BONE IN LAMB (DIBI) $15

12 oz Bone-In Lamb Served with Grilled Onion

BEEF PEPPER STEAK (DIBI) $15

Served with Sautéed Onions and Peppers

CHICKEN (DIBI) $13

Grilled Chicken Served with an Onion-Carrot and Peas Relish. Topped with a Jerked Sauce 

RED SNAPPER $20

Grilled or Fried. Served with a Spicy Onion Relish

TILAPIA $13

Grilled or Fried Whole Tilapia served with Cucumber and Onion Relish

GRILLED SALMON FILET $15

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

BEEF OXTAIL $20

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

LAMB SHANK $16

Braised Lamb Shank in an Au Jus with Carrots, and Grilled Onions

PEPPERED CURRY GOAT $15

Braised Bone-In Goat smothered with a Spicy Peppered Curry sauce with potatoes and carrots

2 PCS FRIED CATFISH FILETS $13

3 PCS FRIED CATFISH FILETS $15

Fried Catfish Filets Served with 4 Whole Fried Okra.

THE BISTRO PASTA

Penne Pasta served with your choice of a Creamy Garlic Parmesan Alfredo Sauce or our Decadent Homemade Tomato Sauce


CHICKEN PASTA $12 - SHRIMP PASTA $15 - SALMON PASTA $15 – SEAFOOD & CHICKEN PASTA $16

DINNER SIDES

FRIED PLANTAINS

JASMINE RICE

JOLLOF RICE

BISTRO FRIED RICE

COUSCOUS

ATTIEKE

PLANTAIN FUFU

HOUSE FRIES

SWEET POTATO FRIES

$4

$3

$4

$5

$4

$4

$4

$2

$2

VEGETABLE OF THE DAY

FRIED OKRA

VERMICELLI

SIDE SALAD

SIDE GRILLED SHRIMP

FRIED SHRIMP 

$4

$4

$4

$4

$6

$6

EXTRA SAUCE $.50 

BOOM BOOM

SPICY HONEY CHIPOTLE SAUCE 

SPICY HONEY

PILl PILI PEPPER SAUCE

BISTRO SPECIAL EXTRAS $.75 

ONION RELISH

CUCUMBER AND ONION RELISH 

SPICY ONION RELISH

GRILLED ONIONS

DESSERTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE $4

CHEESECAKE $4

BEIGNETS $3

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

Additional $1 for Caramel, Strawberry or Chocolate Sauce

VANILLA ICE CREAM $3

BAVERAGES 

BALA’S BISTRO FAMOUS HOUSE MADE DRINKS

16 OZ. BOTTLES - $3

HOUSE GINGER JUICE

HOUSE HONEY GINGER JUICE

HOUSE LIME GINGER JUICE

HOUSE TURMERIC GINGER JUICE

HOUSE HIBISCUS JUICE

HOUSE HONEY HIBISCUS JUICE

HOUSE COCONUT BAOBAB JUICE

HOUSE BAOBAB FRUIT JUICE

HOUSE TAMARIND JUICE

HOUSE GINGER TAMARIND JUICE

HOUSE DRINKS BY THE GALLON - $20

HOUSE GINGER JUICE

HOUSE HIBISCUS JUICE

HOUSE LIME GINGER JUICE

HOUSE TURMERIC GINGER JUICE

HOUSE TAMARIND JUICE


20 OZ SOFT DRINKS - $2

COCA-COLA

DIET COKE

FANTA ORANGE

SPRITE

DR PEPPER

SEAGRAM’S GINGER ALE

MINUTE MAID LEMONADE

DASANI WATER

SMART WATER

*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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Service Areas

Memphis, Tennessee and Surrounding Areas