2 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
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    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. Published : Sunday, 20th 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 from the heart of Jerusalem’s food market. Palomar’s London connection comes through creative director Layo who was behind Bloomsbury’s underground dance club The End and DJ/cocktail bar AKA...
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  4. 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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  5. Published : Friday, 4th July 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Palomar, Soho

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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 : Friday, 23rd May 2014

    Frenchy love food :: THE PALOMAR

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