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

FATAYA (MEAT PIES) BEEF $7

Spicy Beef Stuffed in Pastry Dough Served with Spicy Onion Relish or Boom Boom Sauce.


SEAFOOD OKRA STEW $8

Slow Cooked Shrimp, Salmon and crawfish with Okra and palm oil


LAMB STEW $8

Braised Lamb with Onion, Celery, Carrots, Idaho Potato and Sweet Potatoes with Cabbage

SALADS

HOUSE SALAD $5

Chopped Iceburg Lettuce with Onions, Tomatoes, Cucumbers Relish, and Cheese. Served with your cho ice of Ranch, Hibiscus, Ginger Vinaigrette or Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce.


ADD 6OZ GRILLED CHICKEN $3

ADD 6EA GRILLED SHRIMP $6

ADD 4OZ GRILLED SALMON $6

BISTRO’S FAVORITES COMBO

EACH FAVORITE COMBO IS SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF: FRIED PLANTAINS, HOUSE FRIES, OR SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH SPICY HONEY AND A 16OZ FOUNTAIN DRINK.

GRILLED 8OZ BEEF BURGER

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


$8

BEEF PHILLYCHEESE STEAK

Garnished with Caramelized Onions, Peppers, Lettuce, Tomatoes & Jalapenos

$8

CHICKEN SANDWICH

Your choice of fried or grilled chicken, garnished with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Onions, or Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce.

$8

CHICKEN TENDERS 

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

$7

FRIED CATFISH

Served with 4 Whole Fried Okra.

WHOLE WINGS COMBO

6 pcs $9

10 pcs. $13

(Served with Celery & Carrot sticks.)

CHOICE OF 2 Flavors: Buffalo, Honey Gold, Honey Hot, Lemon Pepper or BBQ Jerk Sauce.


$12

BEEF OR CHICKEN QUESADILLLA

Grilled Chicken Or Beef Cooked with Onion and Bell Pepper

$8

SHRIMP OR SALMON QUESDILLA

Served with your choice of: Sour Cream & Pico De Gallo.

$9

BEEF OR CHICKEN WRAP

Grilled Chicken Or Beef with Onion and Bell Pepper Wrapped with Lettuce & Tomatoes. Your Choice of Sauce: Buffalo, BBQ Jerk Sauce, Boom Boom, Ranch, or Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce 

$8

SHRIMP OR SALMON WRAP

Wrapped with Lettuce & Tomatoes. Your Choice of Sauce: Buffalo, BBQ Jerk Sauce, Boom Boom, Ranch, or Spicy Honey Chipotle Sauce

$9


Additional Salmon $3 - Additional Shrimp $3 - Additional Chicken $2 - Additional Beef $2 - Additional Patty $3 - Additional Chicken Tender $2 - Additional Catfish $3


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

ALL ABOUT VEGAN

VEGAN KIMCHI WRAP

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 AND A FOUNTAIN DRINK.


Additional Salmon $3 - Additional Shrimp $3 - Additional Chicken $2 - Additional Beef $2


$8

CHIPOTLE VEGAN BURGER

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 AND A FOUNTAIN DRINK.

$8

VEGAN FATAYA (VEGETABLE PIE)

Beet, Cabbage, Onion, cauliflower, and Carrot Stuffed in Pastry Doug Served with Spicy Onion Relish Or Boom Boom Sauce.

$6

CURRY ROUT VEGATABLE STEW 

Braised Beets, sweet Potato, Idaho Potato, Onion, Parsnip, and Carrot In rich Curry Coconut Cream Sauce. Served with your choice of Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantains, Fufu Vegetables of The Day

$12

VEGAN SAKA SAKA 

Braised Spinach Leaf with Onions, and Palm Oil. Served with your choice of Jollof Rice, Bistro Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Couscous, Plantains, Fufu or Vegetables of The Day

$12

DINNER FAVORITES

EACH DINNER FAVORITE IS SERVED WITH YOUR CHOICE OF ONE SIDE AND OUR SIGNATURE GARNISH. VERMICELLI, JASMINE RICE, JOLLOF RICE, BISTRO FRIED RICE, COUSCOUS, ATTIEIKE, PLANTAIN FUFU, HOUSE FRIES, SWEET POTATO FRIES, GRILLED CORN, VEGETABLE OF THE DAY, FRIED OKRA, OR SALAD

FROM THE GRILL

GRILLED BONE IN LAMB (DIBI)

Bone-In Lamb Served with Grilled Onion


$15

HALF CHICKEN (DIBI)

BBQ Style Grilled Chicken Served with Onions, Carrots, and Pea Relish. 

$13

BEEF KEBAB (3) (BROCHETTES) 

served with Served with Onions, Carrots, and Pea Relish and Spicy Honey Chipotle

$14

CHICKEN KEBAB (3) (BROCHETTES) 

served with Served with Onions, Carrots, and Pea Relish. and Spicy Honey Chipotle

$13

SALMON KEBAB (3) (BROCHETTES) 

Grilled Salmon served with Served with Onions, Carrots, and Pea Relish and Spicy Honey Chipotle

$15

FROM THE SKILET

BEEF OXTAIL 

Braised Beef Oxtail in rich tomato sauce with Carrots, Celery, Onions. 

$17

LAMB STEW

Braised Lamb with Onion, Celery, Carrots, Idaho Potato and Sweet Potatoes with Cabbage 

$15

SEAFOOD OKRA STEW 

Slow cooked Shrimp, Crawfish and Salmon with Okra with Palm Oil. 

$15

PEPPERED CURRY GOAT 

Braised Bone-In Goat smothered with Spicy Peppered Curry sauce with potato and carrot


$15

LAMB SAKA SAKA

Braised Lamb with Spinach leaf and with Palm Oil and Fresh Spicy Onion Relish

12

CHICKEN MAAFE

Cooked Chicken, Carrots & Cabbage in creamy Peanut Butter Sauce

$12

TILAPIA 

Grilled or Fried Tilapia with Cucumber and onion Relish

$13

RED SNAPPER

Grilled or Fried Served with a Spicy Onion Relish and Boom Boom Sauce

$20

YASSA

Chicken or Tilapia Fish smothered in Lemon, Garlic, Dijon Mustard & Onions 

$13.50

BISTRO CHICKEN PASTA

Seared Chicken Breast with Penne Pasta and Creamy Garlic Parmesan Alfredo Sauce

$12

DINNER SIDES

FRIED PLANTAINS

JASMINE RICE

JOLLOF RICE

BISTRO FRIED RICE

COUSCOUS

ATTIEIKE

PLANTAIN FUFU

HOUSE FRIES

SWEET POTATO FRIES

$4

$3

$4

$5

$4

$4

$4

$2

$2

GRILLED CORN

VEGETABLE OF THE DAY

FRIED OKRA

VERMICELLI

SIDE SALAD

SIDE YASSA SAUCE

SIDE 6EA GRILLED SHRIMP

SIDE 4OZ GRILLED SALMON 

$2

$4

$4

$4

$4

$3

$6

$6

EXTRAS $.50

BOOM BOOM

SPICY HONEY CHIPOTLE SAUCE

ONION RELISH

CUCUMBER AND ONION RELISH

SPICY ONION RELISH

GRILLED ONION


SPICY HONEY

PILl PILI PEPPER (HOUSE HOT SAUCE)

DESSERTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE


STRAWBERRY BEIGNET SHORTCAKE

A fried delicacy served with Strawberry and Caramel and Whipped Cream


BEIGNETS

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

Add Caramel, Strawberry or Chocolate Sauce $1


PLANTAIN SUNDAE

A deep-fried Plantain, topped with Vanilla Ice Cream, Red Velvet crumble, and a Spicy Honey Drizzle.


VANILLA ICE CREAM

$3.50


$4





$3






$5







$2

BEVERAGES

16 OZ. HOUSE GINGER JUICE

16OZ. HOUSE LIME GINGER JUICE

16OZ. HOUSE HONEY GINGER JUICE

16 OZ. HOUSE HIBISCUS JUICE

16 OZ. HOUSE HONEY HIBISCUS JUICE

16 OZ. TURMERIC GINGER JUICE

16 OZ. BAOBAB FRUIT JUICE

16 OZ. TAMARIND JUICE

16 OZ. FOUNTAIN BEVERAGES

$3

$3

$3

$3

$3

$3

$3

$3

$1.50

*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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Memphis, Tennessee and Surrounding Areas