Is The Palomar the best restaurant in London right now?
I often get asked – ‘where’s somewhere cool to go for dinner in London tonight?’ And as a London blogger, obviously I feel loads of pressure to suggest somewhere seriously cool and then panic and reel off like 10 places to cover my ass. But now I have just one. One restaurant to rule them all – and that restaurant is The Palomar.
The Palomar is situated in the heart of theatreland and Soho – 34 Rupert Street to be precise. Run by two Israeli-born nightclub entrepreneurs, the restaurant serves up a modern take on Jerusalem inspired food, with influences from Southern Spain, North Africa and Levant added to its melting pot.
As soon as you enter The Palomar, you’re smacked in the face with its lively atmosphere and general good vibes. Staff are super attentive and friendly in a not too ‘try hard’ way. It’s the kind of place that immediately puts you in a great mood.
We sat at the 16-seat Kitchen Bar (you can’t reserve a seat in this area – so be prepared to wait a while when it’s busy) and were immediately mesmerized watching the animated and cheeky chefs, who were so obviously passionate about what they were creating.
They were whipping each other with tea towels, making music with the pans, throwing things up in the air, kneading things, sprinkling things, shouting things, and generally having a LOL.
We kicked off with Kubanah, a pot baked bread from Yemen, which came with Tahini and a tomato-based dip. The bread was light and spongy, almost cake like and the quality of the olive oil was superb. The velvety tomato dip was the standout for me. You simply must order this to start.
Next up was the Salmon Tartare, which was surrounded by little dollops of unidentified morsels – which each probably took hours to create – coming together to create the perfect mix of crunchy, tangy and fresh. This was my favourite dish.
Onto the main event. I went for Cornfed chicken ‘two ways’ one part was fried – loved the crunch! And the other was a mildly spicy stroganoff. Delicious.
The boyfriend went for the slow-cooked filo lamb special. And as someone who neither likes lamb nor slow-cooked things. I flipping loved this and ate most of his, too.
And for the finale, we shared the Jerusalem Mess, which was a kind of Eton Mess, except better – obviously. Words can’t even describe the taste of all these ingredients combined. Just look at – you can imagine.
Can’t recommend this place enough. Go on a first date, go if you’re married, go with your mates, take your mum, take your clients. It’s the type of place that will impress everyone and it isn’t even expensive either. I’ve already been twice in a month – and plan to go again already. GO GO GO!
34 RUPERT STREET
+44(0)207 439 8777