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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Custom-built if you fancy some fun with your dinner, The Palomar is driven by head chef Tomer Amedi’s heritage and his infectious joie de vivre. There’s a “high demand” here, and the whole place has the mood of a house party – think hard drinks, kooky cocktails, loud beats and boisterous banter to go with a grill-focused menu that references the cuisine of modern Jerusalem. “Perfectly judged” service comes as standard, while the kitchen majors on “authentic and original food”: the deconstructed shakshukit kebab is a superbly balanced mainstay, likewise the Yemeni pot-baked bread with deeply velvety dips. The menu’s seasonality keeps other choices equally fresh: try beetroot carpaccio with burnt goats’ cheese and pomegranate molasses vinaigrette, ‘ironed’ chicken thighs with za’atar and sumac rub or Jerusalem-style polenta with asparagus and mushroom ragoût. You’ll need to queue for a seat at the no-bookings counter, but it’s worth it just to watch the kitchen’s energetic performances. When it’s really firing (and that’s most of the time), this showstopper is Soho at its best.

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The Palomar

34 Rupert Street ,London W1D 6DN

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Amazing Jerusalem Cuisine

by   silver reviewer (25)

Feb 2017

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...

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

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The Palomar

34 Rupert Street ,London W1D 6DN

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Simplicity and Respect for Ingredients and a Lovely Friendly Atmosphere

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Jun 2016

Editor's pick 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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34 Rupert Street ,London W1D 6DN

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Escape to Jerusalem

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Sep 2015

Editor's pick 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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The Palomar

34 Rupert Street ,London W1D 6DN

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Every reason to go

by   platinum reviewer (216)

Sep 2014

As a seasoned London restaurant-goer, it is relatively rare, but nonetheless highly pleasurable, that when leaving an establishment after eating I was smiling from ear-to-ear, struggling to find enough superlatives to praise the place and thinking that I needed to make my next reservation as soon as possible. Yet this was the case with the Palomar. Perhaps similar to Yossarian at the start of Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, it really felt like ‘love at first sight’. Every aspect of the experience was close...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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34 Rupert Street ,London W1D 6DN

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May 2014

I found the listing on Sm. I was meeting a friend we both eat low carbs and lots of veggies.Blow me away. Walked in the place was a buzz. We got a seat at the bar in front of head chef Tomer. Let the show begin. Great cocktails then the daily 6. A mezze with lots of yummy treats. The polenta with truffle oozes with tasty dark melange of truffles mushroom Unami. two Diners next to us we're enjoying their meal so much they ordered 3 Of everything. The pork belly looks amazing but alas after daily 6,...

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

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