I really love the diversity of London! Sights, sounds, smells and tastes from all corners of the world have managed to find a little home here. I was therefore thrilled to discover a bit of Israeli cuisine, something completely new to me.
The Palomar is located right in the heart of London and serves dishes from modern day Jerusalem. “A menu influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant”.
It’s quite an intimate space with a bar overlooking chefs right at the entrance and a slightly more open table setting towards the back for larger parties.
We began our meal with prosecco and a loaf of Challah Bread. You simply cannot come here and not try this little piece of heaven! It’s the softest, buttery-est thing I have ever had!
It breaks apart so effortlessly and even better when dipped in tahini and harissa sauces that are served on the side.
Next we went for the Salmon Tartare which had the most interesting combination of flavours. It’s made with whipped sour cream, pomegranate, harissa & savoury Abadi cookie crumble. Soft, crunchy, sweet and spicy all at once!
I could easily live on Challah Bread. And some brie to go with it.
For the mains we ordered Aubergine and Feta Bourekas which came with swiss chard, homemade pickes, Ambaneh and egg. Extremely creamy with just enough filo pastry to add some balance.
Happiest when I’m being fed!
Next came the Cornfed Chicken “Two Ways”. One side was fried in buttermilk while the other in stroganoffed mixed spice with tenderstem broccoli & freekeh. I have to say this was my least favourite dish of the night. It was creamy but a little bland.
For dessert, we got the Malabi which is a rose-scented milk pudding with raspberry coulis, coconut meringue pistachio crunch, fresh raspberries & kataifi. Quite similar in taste to panna cotta. And as rich as it sounds, it was actually pleasantly light, not too sweet and had just a hint of rose (too much can be a bit nauseating!).
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed my meal at The Palomar. I loved almost every dish, each abundant in new and different flavours. The staff were all incredibly friendly, attentive and knowledgable and the initimate atmosphere made the evening so much more relaxed and comfortable. A busy and buzzing atmosphere with happy chatter all around.
I also found it to be extremely good value for money which is always a plus when living in London!
The closest tube station to Palomar is Piccadilly Circus and you can find out more information here. I do recommend you book this place in advance!
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