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34 Rupert Street
“What an experience!” shouts a fan of The Palomar – a fun-loving foodie hangout driven by funky chef Tomer Amedi’s infectious joie de vivre. The whole place feels like a house party, complete with hard drinks, kooky cocktails, loud beats, kitchen banter and “laid-back staff”. A grill-focused menu references the cuisine of modern Jerusalem, so be prepared for highly original food with a seasonal slant: we’re hooked on the ‘chicken under pressure’ with citrus, lentils and courgettes, the ‘Josperised’ octopus with chickpea msabacha, and the Persian pappardelle with artichoke, lemon and mangetout. Elsewhere, the bread is “fantastic” and the chopped liver is “sublime”, while the pick of the puds has to be ‘kiss kiss bang bang’ – a wicked confection of pomegranate ‘basbousa’ semolina cake, halva ice cream and almond palmier. You’ll need to queue for a seat at the no-bookings counter, but it’s worth it just to watch the kitchen’s livewire performances. When it’s really firing (and that’s most of the time), The Palomar is Soho at its best – and the perfect spot if you want to “impress your friends”.
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34 Rupert Street
0207 439 8777
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 142m
Leicester Square Tube Station 230m
Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue 67m
Apollo Theatre 71m
Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm) Sun 6-9pm
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Food + drink: 5
Had been meaning to visit this restaurant for a while now to try a new type of cuisine from the heart of Jerusalem and I have to say I'm very glad to have done so . It's a small but very friendly place as you walk in they have a walk in service where you can sit at the counter and watch the chefs work but we were lead through to the dining area at the back which was very nice & cozy. Our waitress Olge was excellent asking us if we'd been before then took us through the menu advising us of how many courses from each section we should order . We started with the RIP & Dip section where we had the most amazing Bread & dips along with Fish Falafel. We then had the special of the day which was a lovely dish that included White Crab Meat just stunning then onto the larger of the sharing menu dishes to which we had the amazing Octo-Hummus and the fantastic Jerusalem Mix with a side order of Josperised Aubergine plus a Fattoush Salad all the dishes have this delicate charcoal,nutty and slightly creamy texture but taste delicious Now on to my favourite course of any meal Dessert and we weren't let down in anyway we decided to go for the sharing dessert called a Jerusalem Mess which was fantastic but me being me I couldn't settle for that and when I saw they had a Chocolate Fondue with Peanut Brittle I couldn't resist and I'm so glad I didn't it was gorgeous Definitely looking forward to returning soon and I would highly recommend this restaurant
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I went for dinner with a friend on Saturday night. Very pleasantly surprised. Wave after wave of dishes arrived that ticked the box for being very fresh and simply prepared, letting the ingredients speak for themselves. In the mix was a Seafood Pasta dish on the specials menu that was simply amazing and as good as anything I've had in Italy. The cocktails were surprising and the simple wine list was brief and well judged. Had a very delicious and drinkable Pecorino. The perfectly judged service was informal and very friendly. My only reservation was the slightly loud in the mix popular music selection, but to be completely honest it's churlish to mention that when everything else was simply delightful and fun.
On yet another miserable rainy August evening in London, we escaped from frenetic Leicester Square to soak in some
of the beauty of The Palomar. The vibe is warm and welcoming with friendly staff and funky tunes. The restaurant starts with a buzzing bar area and in the back are a handful of cosy tables which can be pre- booked. Most of Soho now is all about the beating of the queues and no reservations, so being able to book a restaurant was a welcome novelty to me. We dined with another foodie couple, who had been 4 times before, always a good sign. Plus, they knew all the right dishes to order, so for once I just sat back and devoured a feast to top all feasts.
The combinations and spices were all new and exciting for me. I have never been to Tel Aviv, but apparently this is the closest we in London will get to, to the quality of cuisine and throbbing nightlife in Israel's hot city. To start we had a soft challah loaf which was torn apart and shared with yummy tomato dips. Then came a beef tartar like no other, spicy, soft and melting away with burnt aubergine and artichoke, a mouthful to behold. The deconstructed kebab was plate of delicious mince and spices. Buttermilk corn fed chicken had that warm cosy posh kfc feeling. Then a humungous cauliflower arrived with spices and almonds and all things nice, turning boring old cauliflower to a blooming taste sensation. Prices were as expected for Soho, but not ridiculous. I was waiting for the bar shots and the staff dancing on the bar that I had read about, but maybe it was a quiet night. Ah well all the more reason to go again.
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