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What a fun place this is. Israeli food does not have a huge appearance within London for note-worthy venues but this is a decent option if you want to try kosher cuisine in London. There is a distinct buzz in the restaurant and the father figure who opened the restaurant known as ‘Pappi’ came and greeted all tables on our visit. The head chef is now Jeremy Borrow who, by all accounts has kept the food at the stable level. It is not fine dining but that is not the point – kubaneh bread (Yemeni style pull-apart yeast bread) is made daily on-site and was definitely worth it in itself and other Israeli / Mediterranean influenced dishes are simple and pleasing. Expect a bit of a hold up on any reservations and a clamber around inside owing to the space, but otherwise a good option to try.
This was a small and light supper so not that many notes. However, the kubaneh bread as mentioned was delightfully light and was served with tomatoes and tahini. I got far more return from the tahini rather than the tomato crush but the bread here is basically the star with ok vehicles as the excuse to dip it in to.
Tel Aviv Mix was seafood, slow-cooked onions Mahgreb spices (NW Africa) which was fine; no thrills but non-offensive at the same time. Artichoke a la planche (grilled on a metal plate) was served with stilton cream and smashed nuts and was a very enjoyable dish. Chef’s falafel – chickpeas, fava beans, herbs and chilli was fine albeit a little dry for my taste and the Jerusalem Mess for dessert, made with Labneh (strained Greek yoghurt) mousse, citrus curd, almond crumb was a surprisingly good pudding.
All in, the bill came to £61 for two with a couple of drinks which, for dinner is quite reasonable. If we were dining properly and making the occasion more sociable, the bill would have comfortably been double so we were quite restrained on this visit, meaning you’ll need to choose carefully bearing in mind the size of the dishes. Personally, I would load up on the kubaneh at the start if you wanted to spare a few notes.
Food Grade: 64%
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