Introducing BAHA, the proudly unconventional restaurant breaking tradition in the Lake District’s dining scene. Blending flavours of the Pacific Rim with traditional Japanese Robata cooking technique, BAHA offers a unique menu of globally inspired, innovative and tantalising dishes, unparalleled in Cumbria.
BAHA is a stylish destination set across three floors in the heart of the Lake District, a few minutes’ walk from the bustling tourist destination of Lake Windermere. Its street food style draws from the idea that delicious, exotic food should be accessible to all, with no compromises. With Michelin trained chefs behind the menu concept and creation, every dish is bursting with innovative flavour combinations made from only the freshest, local ingredients and using expert knowledge of customary techniques. Playful food that’s simply delicious and won’t cost you the earth.
BAHA’s eclectic menu takes you on a journey around the shores of Eastern Asia, South America, Australia, North America and the islands of the Pacific.
The menu flows from small plates, to ‘Pick & Share’ and heartier dishes to ‘Chow Down’ on, finishing with ‘Sugar’ suggestions for those with a sweet tooth. Designed to mix and match the menu is sectioned, with all dishes numbered for ease, – Ocean, Skewers, Robata Grill, Wings ‘n’ Tings, Bao Buns, Tacos, Ramen, Noodles, Rice, Curry & Fried –to create the ultimate Pacific feast.
The Raw section is the latest addition, featuring Grade A Sashimi served on crushed ice. Be surprised, by ordering the “No Name” specials, which changes regularly and include the likes of Nasi Goreng and Cumbrian Lobster. All food is cooked to order and each item is brought out to the table as and when it’s ready.
BAHA is currently the only establishment in Cumbria to utilise traditional Robata methods; by soaking meat and fish in delicious marinades, sauces and glazes that mix traditional tastes with their chef’s own inspirations, then slowly cooking on the Robata Grill to get that crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside texture and unique flame-infused taste. BAHA’s experience is one you’ll remember.
For a taste of Korea try the Kimchi Rice, served with a poached egg, sesame, house fermented hot sauce, nori & sesame or for flavours of Japan, the Red Hot BAHA Ramen, Chashu pork belly, hot Thai sausage, fermented chilli, miso broth, soy eggs & house pickles.
Latin American inspired dishes include tacos, take a pick from panko fish, chorizo & chicken or black garlic bean and BAHAlocos, tortilla chips loaded with Manchego, jalapeños, salsa & pickles. Lighter bites include steamed bao buns, robata skewers, market fish ceviche, fried tofu and tiger wings.
Sweet indulgences in the ‘Sugar’ section include a Latin American style Tres Leches Cake, – light vanilla sponge, soaked in a trio of rich milks, with whipped Chantilly & macerated strawberries – Flame Toasted Exotic Marshmallows, and Churros doused with cinnamon sugar and served with milk chocolate and dulce de leche dips. The showstopping Everyday Sharing Sundae is perfect for those who love their desserts OTT – feeding up to four, the sundae is served with seasonal ice-cream, toffee sauce, brownie chunks, marshmallow and so much more.
BAHA also serves an extensive drinks menu to cater for all your thirst-quenching desires, featuring favourite beers, rums, gins, bubbles, whiskies & bourbons as well as signature gin, vodka and rum serves. The cocktail list is divided into two, Classic Cocktails and Pacific Cocktails; the twist is that the latter is a Pacific Rim take on the former, with a focus on fusing Pacific flavours with traditional methods.
Pick from a classic favourite, Espresso Martini, Cosmopolitan and Aperol Spritz, or try something new, a Matcha Martini, Sakepolitan or A-Peru Spritz. Keep things local with their home-brewed beer, Hawkshead Windermere pale ale, or if you’re feeling adventurous then their Explorer’s Selection of wines is made just for you.
BAHA’s Executive Chef Jack Wyness: “The Pacific Rim concept stems from us wanting to fuse all the incredible ingredients and flavours that originate from these coastal regions to give guests food that with every bite is literally an explosion of flavour.”
”I’m lucky enough to work with a fantastic team of chefs so we are constantly putting our heads together and exploring new flavour combinations and techniques so that we can make authentic dishes with an excellent understanding of the fundamentals, then spin it on its head by using classic and modern techniques in synergy. Breaking rules with ingredient crossovers and flavours unique to BAHA. Who would have thought to use red wine braised beef in a Taiwanese Bao Bun? We did. At BAHA we want to give guests a dining experience like no other in the Lake District – expose them to flavours of the Pacific, dishes they’ve never heard of before and incredible drinks that all leaves them wanting more, then that’s our mission accomplished.”
Once you have chowed down why not make a night of it as BAHA also hosts the best live and interactive entertainment in the Lake District. Offering amazing hand-picked live performances carefully selected to maximize your fun throughout the week.
BAHA, 18 Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EB.