With every possible cuisine being available in the food-crazy city of London, The Palomar Restaurant with its Israeli cuisine was sure to stand out as a tad unusual. It’s been causing quite the buzz around town, with Israeli cuisine being heralded as the Next Big Thing.
Upon entering the funky bar space with its neon pink coloured Palomar signage, you are hit by the buzziness of the place. We were led to the rear of the restaurant housing just a few cosy tables providing an intimate atmosphere, especially if you were on date night. There’s a skylight that allows natural light to flood in during the day.
The menu looked very interesting and I liked the quirkiness of how some of the dishes were named, like A Hot Date with Gem Lettuce. The pot baked Kubaneh bread was deliciously warm and buttery almost like a brioche, dipped in tahini and served with pureed velvet tomatoes. The Octo-hummous (chunks of grilled octopus, chickpea msabacha and burnt aubergine), Ironed Chicken Thighs (rubbed in a thyme and sesame blend, ambah yoghurt, Arak and orange braised fennel) and Siske Pork Belly (dried apricot, glazed carrot and celeriac cream) were tasty but nothing too exceptional.
Polenta Jerusalem Style – funnily an Italian dish, deliciously creamy and cheesy drizzled over with truffle oil, stood out in this Israeli restaurant.
We left the place with slight hunger pangs.
(The Palomar Restaurant, 34 Rupert Street, Soho, London)
By Diane Bilimoria, London