20 August 2014

The Palomarone star

020 3551 2826

34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN

£35.00 Middle Eastern , International Soho
  • Wine: £14.00
  • Champagne: £43.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-1am

Square Meal Review of The Palomar ?

This tiny Israeli eatery punches well above its weight, delivering vibrant flavours and the warmest of welcomes – the day’s menu even lists who is on duty in the kitchen and out front. Watch chefs from Jerusalem’s celebrated restaurant, Machneyuda, working their magic in the no-bookings ‘kitchen bar’ or cosy up in the intimate wood-panelled dining area. Friendly staff encourage you to experiment with the sharing menu, which blends non-kosher Levantine cooking with modern influences from Spain, Italy and North Africa. “Have the polenta!” enthused our neighbouring diners: served ‘Jerusalem style’ with asparagus, mushroom ragoût, truffle oil and parmesan shavings it’s simply unmissable. We’d also recommend aubergine ‘Sima’s way’ (a richly spiced treat) and ‘shakshukit’ – a cleverly deconstructed kebab involving layers of spicy minced meat, tahini, tapenade, preserved lemon, sumac and watercress pesto. Inventive desserts, cocktails and unusual wines are further draws.

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  1. The Palomar

    34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN
    Overall rating:
    Amelia C.

    Best new restaurant opened in london

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 29th 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 (snacks), raw bar and bigger dishes from the stove, josper and plancha...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 22nd 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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  3. 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 some lamenting over this design; busy evenings see those waiting for the coveted (and non-reservable) bar seating doing so in that lane directly behind diners, which must result in inevitable elbow-bashing and frustrated waiters...
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  4. Published : Friday, 4th 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 supper in London at the minute...
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  5. Published : Tuesday, 1st 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 mouth watering combinations.The staff were impeccably versed in the menu and in fact are even named on the menu – a delightfully personal touch.Palomar leaves it up to you to decide whether or not to share the dishes. They are served on boards and in silver platters for you to fight over or steal for yourself. While we were deciding, we tucked into what were some of the juiciest and flavoursome olives I think I have ever tasted, served in a little bucket with added spade!Wanting to taste a bit of everything, we went for a selection of dishes and short of licking the bowls clean, polished off every last morsel. First, the kubaneh, a brioche style bread which we dunked into tahini and a creamy tomato dips.A little gift from the chef came in the form of little spoons of polenta with a glob of mushroom puree and shards of parmesan. Not being a huge fan of any of the ingredients, I was surprised and delighted to discover these were little mouthfuls of heaven! Next up were the daily assorted meze; earthenware bowls of aubergine, beetroot, lentils, labneh and feta. These didn't last long, scooped and spooned till there was nothing left.   There are two options for diners. Either, sit in the more sultry, leathery room just past the bar where you can spread your dishes all over the table, or the glowing pink raw bar that caters for walk-ins and those looking for a bit of an extra buzz (I believe that’s what the kids are calling it nowadays .. note the bell).Have a cocktail while you wait or just watch the bar man whip it up in his multicoloured lair. Then watch the chefs at work as you nibble. Back to our table, the food had arrived. Chicken in buttermilk with greens, carrots and freekeh was tender, creamy and spicy all at once.  Next up and served with pita, youghurt and tahini was the meaty shakshukit, a little like a deconstructed kebab. All I can say is thank goodness for deconstructed kebabs! Labeneh tortellini won the show for me, with butternut squash cream, mange tout and sweet tiny tomatoes served in a shining silver bowl. Mmmmm mm mmmm.Too stuffed to even attempt dessert, we grinned when some little chocolate truffles arrived unannounced (because it's a universally acknowledged fact that EVERYONE has space for something sweet even when they think they're fit to burst)!Thank you to my lovely dining companions and to The Palomar, a refreshing addition to Soho and one that totally deserves all the glowing reviews. 
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  6. 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 brings natural light in. Right enough of the décor, now onto the important stuff…the food and drink...
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  7. Published : Tuesday, 27th 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 - the most significant con being that my orders would be limited to how much food my lone stomach could consume!I ordered their signature cocktail, the Palomar, to start with whilst I had a quick look at the menu.  | Palomar |- Blanco tequila, pink grapefruit, lime juice, agave syrup, Bittermens grapefruit bitters, topped with soda water, served long over ice -Considering that it's their signature cocktail, they could have probably work more a bit on presentation...and maybe used a bit less ice.     I ordered a couple of dishes from the 'Raw Bar' category to start with. The Fricassee was tasty, and the bun was quite light and thankfully not as oily as I was expecting. Maybe slightly too dry on it's own, but I had the spring salad which was refreshing and help to balance it out. As I still had some stomach space to spare, I ordered an additional polenta dish that was recommended by one of the chefs. Served warm in a glass jar, I was advised to count to 10 before opening the lid and breathed in the lovely aroma of the truffle oil.| Spring Salad |- Fresh fennel, asparagus, cucumber, kohirabi, sunflower & poppy seeds, feta vinaigrette - | Gilted sea bream Fricassee |- Tunisian fried bun with gilted sea bream, cured lemon, potato, capers & quail's egg - | Polenta Jerusalem style |- Asparagus, mushroom ragout, parmesan & truffle oil - As much as I wanted to order two desserts, my tummy decided otherwise and I settled for the Malabi. Smooth and creamy, and I especially liked the little crunchy coconut meringue bits - my favourite dish of the evening. | Malabi |- Rose-scented milk pudding, raspberry cream, coconut meringue pistachio crunch, fresh raspberries & candied rose petals -   Service was pretty standard at the beginning, but then it became a bit chaotic as the evening went on - the case of one person attempting to do multiple tasks at the same time...But I'll give them the benefit of doubt that it was after all their soft launch period.Overall, not a bad time during my short visit, although I wasn't 'blown away' by the food - I also did have a little sneak peak at other people's orders. A lot of toasting and cheering from the kitchen staff, my ears were probably left buzzing from all the 'Yes Chef!' shouting from the exuberant staff...A convenient, central location, that I would be happy to go back to (although not in haste) and try some of the other dishes to settle my curiosity. Address: 34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DNOpening hours: 18:00-01:00 (Mon - Sat) The Cheekster, signing out x
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  8. Published : Friday, 23rd 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 bar at the front near a raw bar. My friend and I were seated at the bar, while we were looking at the menu and wine list, we were offered pickle, cabbage and carrot as an amuse bouche, follow my some homemade bread with tahini sauce...
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