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What do you get when two Tel Aviv nightclub entrepreneurs and the winner of ‘Iron Chef’ Israel are sewn together? The Palomar! One of London’s most exciting restaurants, where the chefs play loud music, there is dancing in the kitchen, the waiting staff have their names written in the menu and the jars of Jerusalem-style truffle oil-laced polenta are death row-dinner good!
One of the best things about travelling is trying new and delicious food, and next on my list of places to go is Tel Aviv thanks to my recent introduction to The Palomar. Situated in the heart of London’s Theatreland and Soho, the restaurant serves the food of modern day Jerusalem. A menu influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant. The passion in their cooking has been nurtured in this cultural mix, and they’ve given it a contemporary approach.
The Palomar is the London outpost of a five-strong, super hip restaurant group in Jerusalem. The restaurant is cosy and welcoming, and what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. At the front of the restaurant is a kitchen bar that overlooks the chefs, a mosaic marble floor leads to the dining room at the back.
Importantly, all of the food is carefully sourced, the meat served is organic and locally sourced, and the fish is from British waters and sustainable stocks. The Palomar follows the seasons with their fruit and vegetables, but also works with the suppliers that have the best produce whether local or in Europe.
I stopped by the restaurant with Inna from Start Up Your Happiness for dinner and we were impressed straightaway with the buzzing vibe of the place. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, recommending the 6-course Tasting Menu (£55). In addition to that, we also ordered a Loaf of Kubaneh (£5) and some Seared Scallops (£13.50) to share.
The Loaf of Kubaneh was delicious! It’s an air-filled, buttery bread from the Yemen baked in a pot, a little like brioche. It came with tahini & grated tomatoes and we could easily have had a loaf each! After that, the dishes kept coming!
The Tasting Menu was an explosion of flavours and spices which complemented each other, highlights for me included the Fresh Corn Polenta which came a quail’s egg, parmesan & truffle oil – it was heavenly, crazily rich and creamy, with lashings of truffle oil, giving it a powerful truffly aroma. The Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Oyster Mushroom Tortellini with Shelled Mussels & Amaretto Velouté was mouth-wateringly good! I also loved the Seared Scallops, which came with Jerusalem artichoke & hazelnut tuille, they were so delicate and tasty. One dish which really tested my sense of adventure was the Seared Lamb’s Tongue with Sweetbreads, it was served in a spiced tomato sauce with pan fried gnocchi – I must admit, I ate around the tongue and sweetbreads!
As for the dessert platter, I practically inhaled the Malabi, a rose-scented milk pudding, raspberry coulis, coconut meringue pistachio crunch, fresh raspberries & kataifi. Our waiter described it as an Arabic panna cotta – it was thick and creamy, and the perfect way to end the meal and for anyone with a sweet tooth, such as myself!
The Palomar will delight anyone who goes out to eat exciting food and to have fun, it’s a genuine food adventure and definitely one of the most interesting restaurant experiences I’ve had.