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On the fringes of Chinatown, this “casual but chic” eatery promises the warmest of welcomes and what one reader called “love at first sight”. Chefs from Jerusalem’s celebrated Machneyuda restaurant man the stoves here, re-inventing traditional Levantine cooking with vibrant influences from the Mediterranean and beyond. Friendly, expert staff encourage you to experiment and there’s much to enjoy: we love the ‘Jerusalem-style’ polenta “oozing with a dark melange of mushroom umami”, but it’s also worth trying aubergines from the Josper grill, richly aromatic pork belly tagine and shakshukit – a cleverly deconstructed kebab involving layers of spicy minced meat, tahini, ‘four toppings’ and pitta croutons. Equally inventive desserts, cocktails and unusual wines are further draws, while mosaic floor tiles, a no-bookings kitchen bar-counter and smart blue banquettes are a perfect fit for the food.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 1 July 2014

    The Little Brown Book :: Palomar

    Jerusalem in LondonA little jaunt with two lovely young ladies brought me through the doors of The Palomar and from the moment you enter, the charisma and character is all encompassing. Even though I visited soon after it opening, there was no indication that it was a newborn. Bringing the taste of modern day Jerusalem and the experience of Machneyuda to the streets of Soho, Palomar has succeeded in serving up a cuisine that up until now has been an untapped resource in London. The mixture of herbs and spices that are so unique to Israel and the middle east are whipped up into a flavoursome frenzy and served up in...
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  1. Published : Friday, 4 July 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Palomar, Soho

    Based on Rupert Street in Soho, The Palomar is a restaurant that specialises in ‘the food of modern day Jerusalem’. Even though it’s only just opened, I don’t know anybody that hasn’t loved it so I went with high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed – hoorah!

    As they don’t take reservations at the long counter which overlooks the kitchen, on our busy Friday night visit we were told of an hour wait, but we could wander off for a drink and return once they’d rung which was good. We arrived back to a packed restaurant with a brilliant atmosphere – it’s got to be one of the most exciting places to sit and eat your...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27 May 2014

    Dancing In High Heels :: THE PALOMAR RESTAURANT

    The Palomar is a newly opened Jeruselam-themed restaurant located on Rupert Street, just off the bottom of Shaftesbury Avenue.I don't think I've ever had food from Jeruselam, so I was intrigued to get a taste of what this place had to offer.After failing to get a reservation during the soft launch, I tried my luck to get a space at the kitchen bar which operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Dining at the bar is after all the way to get the 'full experience'. Thankfully it wasn't too busy on that Thursday evening as I perched myself at the bar in between two other couples.There are pros and cons to solo dining...
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  1. With a reservation for two booked we headed to The Palomar eagerly anticipating what type of food Moroccan chef Tomer Amedi had to offer. The restaurant’s interior was themed around the idea of ‘the classic 1930s perception of travel as romance and adventure.’

    What I loved most about the layout of this restaurant was that the food preparation areas are in full view of diners, so if you do go try and grab a spot here, although the kitchen bar seating is first come first served (bookings are not taken) so try to get there early for lunch/dinner.Towards the back are more tables where a skylight in the ceiling...
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  1. Published : Friday, 23 May 2014

    Frenchy love food :: THE PALOMAR

    Last week, I went to the new restaurant on Rupert Street, The Palomar. It is probably one of the best soft opening I have been to this year in London, definitely in the top 5 . The Chef at Palomar is Tomer Amedi, he is cooks dishes from Jerusalem with influences from Southern Spain, Italy, North Africa. I am really keen on this kind of food, so I was very happy when I heard about the concept.
    The restaurant officially opened its door this week and is running a soft launch offer of 50% off until Saturday night.

    The restaurant is divided into two different areas, tables and chairs at the back and a kitchen...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 22 July 2014

    Frenchy love food :: THE PALOMAR (Second visit)

    Already my second visit to The Palomar restaurant on Rupert street. This time I was seated at the back as I had a reservation. Not sure it was the best option, I think I preferred the atmosphere I had at the bar at my first visit.

    Next time I won't try to get a nice table and I will just join the waiting list for the bar as it is better.

    This time as an apetizer and starter my friend and I shared spiced olives and pickled vegetables and Kubaneh Yemeni served with two different dips : tomato sauce (which in my opinion taste like a gazpatcho) and tahini (my favourite)...
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  1. The Palomar is the first international foray from the people behind Jerusalem’s hottest restaurant, Machneyuda. Yossi Elad (Papi), Uri Navon and Asaf Granit have come over to open a restaurant serving food from modern-day Jerusalem, with a menu that takes influences from southern Spain, Italy, north Africa and the Levant.

    Striking royal blue frontage and a pink neon sign in handwritten font greet you on entry. The main area is long and narrow with the kitchen running the full length of the bar, and enough space behind the 16 stools for no further breadth than that of a single-file throng.

    I’ve heard...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    Nomface :: The Palomar, London

    The Palomar is a small compact restaurant on Rupert Street right in the heart of Theatreland and Soho which opened in June. The restaurant serves the food of modern day Jerusalem with a contemporary approach, the menu influenced by the surrounding cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant as described on their website.

    The open kitchen is at the front of the venue with theatrical bar seats only available for walk-ins. A small dining room with dark oak panelled walls and banquette seating in blue leather is found at the back with tables available for reservations. The menu is split between nishnushim...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 20 July 2014

    The Hedonist :: The Palomar – Review

    Soho’s latest hot opening is The Palomar, sister restaurant to Jerusalem’s Machneyuda. We have all had some exposure to the hybrid cuisine of this most fractious of cities courtesy of Yotam Ottolenghi, his business partner Sami Tamimi and their restaurants, TV shows, journalism and books. On the back of their welcome interventions into British food culture pomegranate seeds have become so ubiquitous at trendy middle-class dinner parties that their descent into the pantheon of culinary oblivion sitting proudly next to the kiwi fruit is all but guaranteed. However Palomar promised a less mediated experience coming direct...
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  1. One of those awful people who doesn’t find complaining socially torturous may have taken a verbal swing at the waiters during the first moments of our recent visit to The Palomar. But what good would it have done? In fact, our overall experience was significantly improved by our time awkwardly leaning against a wall in the corridor which runs alongside the open kitchen, waiting for the party before us to get over themselves and vacate our table. Attempting anything and everything to make ourselves as narrow as possible, we sadly failed to stay out of the way of passing loo-bound customers and would-be servers with...
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