Barboun is a eastern European restaurant on Shoreditch's fashionable Great Eastern Street, that offers a broad menu of dishes inspired by the food of the Levant, amid an oasis of greenery and chic decor.
Barboun's interiors definitely conjure the atmosphere of the Mediterranean - the space is punctuated by trees and climbing plants, and there's lots of natural light streaming in through the windows. The dining room manages to be sleek but also comfortable, and spacious, with room for around 100 covers at any time.
For those in search of somewhere a little more private for dinner, Barboun's private dining room is just as light, bright and spacious as the main restaurant, whilst retaining that extra degree of privacy. The sleek herringbone parquet floor, wall-mounted downlights and geometric artwork certainly give the private dining room an air of sophistication, and it'll comfortably house 12 people for a Levantine feast.
The Barboun menu delves into flavours all the way along the Levantine coast, from Turkey and Cyprus, all the way down through Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Jordan. Barboun is in fact the word for red mullet, and as you might expect, there's plenty of seafood on offer, from starters like whitebait with squid ink mayo, and red mullet with preserved lemon and hazelnut, to sea bream and halibut from the wood-fired mangal grill. All the mains come from the grill too, including steak, chicken, lamb and smoked turlu, a Turkish vegetable casserole that comes with confit garlic yogurt and spinach chermoula. There are also a handful of tasty sides to choose from, including a Greek salad, crispy potatoes with herbs and Mujadara - a dish of lentils, ancient grains, lemon and garlic oil.
The drinks list is compact but carefully curated, with a handful of signature cocktails as well as wines from as far afield as Turkey, Georgia and Lebanon.