Found in Dalston, Oren is the debut London restaurant from chef Oded Oren, who has previously hosted successful kitchen residencies in the capital.
Oren’s eponymous restaurant sits on the site which was previously occupied by contemporary European bistro Floyd’s, and serves a menu that is inspired by the Mediterranean. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner as well as brunch on the weekends, with the menu consisting of a selection of seasonally changing sharing plates with a Mediterranean accent.
Dishes you might find on your visit include the likes of lamb sweetbreads with za’atar and lemon, ox cheek with hummus, and roast quail with Baharat and green harissa. The food is accompanied by a wine list which has been curated by Zeren Wilson, a food writer and wine consultant. Wilson has plenty of experience to draw on, having helped curate the wine lists for London big hitters including Thai restaurants Kiln and Smoking Goat, as well as My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton and Sambal Shiok in Islington.
Although this is chef Oren’s debut restaurant in the capital, he is no stranger to London’s restaurant kitchens. The Israeli-born chef moved to the UK in 2011, eventually becoming head chef at Louie Louie in Southwark, a café by day and restaurant/bar by night which serves European small plates. In 2018, Oren hosted a temporary residency at Borough Wines in Kensal Rise, which was well received by critics and punters.
In recent years, Dalston has become somewhat of a foodie destination, being home to popular restaurants such as yakitori spot Jidori, pickling and fermentation experts Little Duck: The Picklery and fried chicken sandwich purveyors Chick ‘n’ Sours.
Speaking about the opening, Oren said: “I will cook food that is inspired from my home and the Mediterranean using local and sustainable produce alongside a thoughtful wine list.”