Step off the streets of Soho into the warm, welcoming atmosphere of Tabun Kitchen to experience the authentic flavours of Palestinian street food.
What to Expect
If you’re a fan of flavours like sumac, pomegranate, and tahini then you’ll love Soho’s latest resident, Tabun Kitchen. Its location and relaxed vibe makes it perfect for meeting up with friends, but this Palestinian gem is particularly good as they dish out delicious, exciting food that doesn’t cost the earth (and that’s hard to come by in Soho).
What to Eat
The Jerusalem Falafel are a must – with a sumac onion centre and tahini-tossed aubergine salad, these will impress even the most ardent of falafel fans. The Homemade Labneh with fattoush salad, sumac dressing and za’atar flatbread shards, and the Grilled Halloumi with is’ha black sesame, tomato and malfouf cabbage salad are both delightfully authentic.
Make sure you leave room for dessert! If you have a sweet tooth you’ll love the Harissa Cake. This seemingly underwhelming semolina cake with coconut is drenched in an orange blossom syrup that’s so sweet and beautifully fragrant you’ll be left hankering after seconds. While the Muhalabia, a subtly scented milk pudding with crushed pistachios and orange blossom honey is a lovely light pick-me-up to finish on.
What to Drink
The Pomegranate Bellini is dangerously good, and an absolute must. However, you could be easily wooed by any of their cocktails, all of which are classics that have been given an exotic twist, such as the Mojito with a splash of rose water.
Whatever you order, don’t miss the Lamb Makloubeh. The most succulent shredded lamb is pilled high with a smattering of toasted pistachios, pine nuts and raisin garnish – totally delicious. And then there’s the Udssieh – a hummus dip with cumin spiced fava beans, chilli, and garlic lemon dressing, this is a Palestinian style hummus which is as sumptuous and delicious as it is tricky to pronounce…
Going with friends and ordering plenty of plates to share – this isn’t the kind of place where you’ll be able to choose just one dish!
Tabun Kitchen | 77 Berwick St, London W1F 8TH
Read our interview with founder Hanan Kattan here