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The Palomar

Middle Eastern Restaurant££££
Chinatown, London
  • Adam K.
    "All the food was excellent especially the deconstructed kebab"(6 Tips)
    Ranjan D.
    "superb food, go with recommendations and don't miss the Polenta."(19 Tips)
    Mateusz D.
    "Scallops, pork belly and octopus are great as well."(8 Tips)
    Rich S.
    "Josperised Octopus is amazing"(2 Tips)
98 Tips and reviews
  • polenta
  • lively
  • trendy
  • good for dates
  • healthy food
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  • Christopher L.
    Tzatziki was amazing and the pita was pretty much a baked cloud and delicious. The seared scallops are a must. Overall the service is excellent and makes for an amazing dining experience.
  • Tom M.
    Tom Moore3 weeks ago
    Loved the food as always including scallops, polenta, falafel. Service a bit spotty and more rushed than usual. Probably will move this to pre theatre option at counter vs leisurely dinner option.
  • Gosia N.
    Gosia NaporowskaDecember 3, 2017
    Amazing food and great service
  • Maryam I.
    Maryam IANovember 1, 2017
    Food was delicious, especially the deconstructed kebab.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CoombesOctober 14, 2017
    Quite limited veggie options
  • Gustav V.
    Gustav Von SydowOctober 13, 2017
    FATOUSH. And that’s all I have to say about that. ❤️
  • Marco B.
    Marco BotticelliOctober 1, 2017
    It remains the best restaurant in London. Just let the guys choose the menu for you.
  • Oli C.
    Oli ClarkSeptember 12, 2017
    Don't be put off by sitting at the bar, it's by far the best way to experience The Palomar. Oh, and be sure to get the bread to start, and the polenta side.
  • Jason Q.
    Jason QuarisaSeptember 6, 2017
    Great experience. A fine dining experience without the price tag. Staff were super friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Every dish just got better. Highly recommend making a booking.
  • yash
    yashAugust 16, 2017
    the vegetables here are amazing
  • August 14, 2017
    Lovely lively place for lunch, excellent Middle Eastern food and good cocktails
  • irenesco
    irenescoAugust 13, 2017
    Sit at the bar to enjoy a view of the vibrant activity behind the counter. Food is excellent. Friendly, attentive, and super efficient service. The 'drunken botanist' is a mean negroni.
  • Rich S.
    Rich StortonJuly 24, 2017
    Josperised Octopus is amazing
  • Irina L.
    Irina LeonidovnaJuly 18, 2017
    Very good food and great ambiance as well. Gets very crowded, but the menu is delicious!!
  • AManda H.
    AManda HUangJune 10, 2017
    If you like an interesting take on middle eastern food and specialty cocktail/mocktails head here. Friendly service. Gets really crowded so reservations recommended.
  • Nouf
    NoufMay 2, 2017
    I don't know how this place was ranked the top of London middle eastern restaurants! If you love Tahini, this place is for you because Tahini flavour dominates almost all dishes served.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RApril 5, 2017
    Burnt courgette tzatziki, octo- hummus, and oh my god the deconstructed kebab. Sit at the bar.
  • Shannon O.
    Shannon O'FlynnMarch 17, 2017
    THE. BEST.
  • María
    MaríaMarch 7, 2017
    Everything was delicious, specially the burnt courgette tzatziki, the octo-hummous and the josperised aubergine. The only downside is that it gets a bit smoky inside due to the open kitchen.
  • Verena A.
    Verena AlbuquerqueFebruary 27, 2017
    Amazing food and service!! Don't miss out on the polenta!
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BFebruary 19, 2017
    Amazing, try everything. Sit at the bar as the chefs are really a fun crowd to watch
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MitterFebruary 17, 2017
    Share it all - it's well worth it because most of the dishes are top notch. And quite filling.
  • Arif A.
    Arif AnsariJanuary 29, 2017
    The tuna carpaccio was superb
  • Adam K.
    Adam KarpJanuary 22, 2017
    Cool vibe and decor. All the food was excellent especially the deconstructed kebab
  • Willem S.
    Willem SleursJanuary 20, 2017
    Great. Middle Eastern inspired food. Amazing flavours. Diverse textures. Great vibe and energy.
  • Benni P.
    Benni PrinzJanuary 9, 2017
    The Trüffel and asparagus Polenta
  • Mari A.
    Mari AsanoJanuary 2, 2017
    Was wonderful dinner, friendly staff, and lovely atmosphere :)
  • Guillaume G.
    Guillaume GlaunèsNovember 21, 2016
    Excellent restaurant. Middle East cuisine taken to another level. Adorable staff. Lovely design. Super hard to book. If you live in London, you must try.
  • Jill F.
    Jill FitzpatrickOctober 26, 2016
    Loved the aubergine dish so much flavour! Actually everything was really well done. Going to have to go get some more. Great for sharing
  • Raul V.
    Raul ValleOctober 17, 2016
    Great place! Ambiance is terrific and good is better. Octopus is crunchy, but tender, very tasty. Polenta is also good. The deconstructed kebab is ok, but misses some freshness to my taste
  • Cat T.
    Cat ThompsonSeptember 13, 2016
    Not as good as before, food still great but waiters pushy and no longer charming.
  • Daren W.
    Daren WilliamsSeptember 4, 2016
    One of London's top restaurants, more casual than fancy. All dishes had a range of flavours. Highlights: polenta, pork belly tagine, octopus. Dessert not too sweet. Ask for Turkish coffee sweetened.
  • Magda I.
    Magda IwaniecAugust 25, 2016
    If you don't book, count a 1 or 1.5 hour wait. Polenta, octo-hummus and kubaneh were amazing. Jerusalem mess for dessert is a must!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BakerJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The atmosphere is this place is incredible. Easily one of my favourite bar restaurants.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BakerJuly 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Warning: El Diablo Loco is seriously loco. You will get hammered. Guaranteed.
  • Genevieve H.
    Genevieve HoJuly 24, 2016
    Great flavors. Go in a larger group to try greater variety
  • Joanna S.
    Joanna SableJuly 17, 2016
    Just go and eat everything. It is packed but servers are super nice and very well versed in all the great eats.
  • CX S.
    CX SimJuly 9, 2016
    Also despite having a reservation we were placed in the corner of the restaurant. Will never come back again
  • CX S.
    CX SimJuly 9, 2016
    Might be the only person here who thinks that the food is pretty bland and bad. It's really expensive for the portion. The octo-hummus is ok but ceviche does it better and cheaper.
  • Giles D.
    Giles DouglasJuly 1, 2016
    Best polenta I've ever had. I thought I hated it. Wow.
  • Jenya S.
    Jenya SJune 19, 2016
    Smaller than the original one in Jerusalem, but the quality is just as good. Small sharing plates. Try Octo-hummous, beef tataki, butternut squash risotto, kubaneh, pork-belly. Polenta is a must!
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresJune 1, 2016
    Pork belly tajine
  • Saxow B.
    Saxow BoyMay 13, 2016
    Very disappointed, food is good but I wasn't a big fan of the menu, portions are small (I've never been served a cheesecake that small)
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PalmerMay 12, 2016
    I really enjoyed the sharing starters and authentic main. Really disappointed by the dessert - felt like a rip off. Not up to the same standard as the Jerusalem restaurant
  • Liz W.
    Liz WhitneyApril 22, 2016
    I was expecting in more food...small portions and high prices left me feeling a bit disappointed in the whole experience. And pushy staff don't make you feel you can relax.
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BFebruary 21, 2016
    Incredible food, incredible atmosphere and staff. Amazing. Must come back again.
  • simon l.
    simon lacyFebruary 19, 2016
  • Ilgar A.
    Ilgar AlievFebruary 10, 2016
    Tasty food, friendly staff, delicious cocktails. Highly recommended.
  • Mischa L.
    Mischa LumiereFebruary 7, 2016
    Waited months to get a reservation. Mentioned dietary restrictions when I made the reservation so I was very surprised that they were not prepared for our arrival. Left to go elsewhere
  • Marinos
    MarinosFebruary 2, 2016
    Cozy place... Open kitchen... Friendly staff... amazing food... What more can you ask for!!!
  • Marco B.
    Marco BotticelliJanuary 31, 2016
    Very likely the best restaurant in London right now due to a combination of vibe and delicious food prepared with fresh ingredients by the most crazy chef on the planet. Get a table at the counter.
  • Yuliya Y.
    Yuliya YuJanuary 26, 2016
    Octopus is melting in the mouth, variety of vegetarian options , not sure about "sharing" idea as portion sizes are sometimes barely enough for one.
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassinderDecember 3, 2015
    Beetroot carpaccio - amazing as was the pork belly
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MassaroNovember 23, 2015
    Absolutely delicious food. Fusion cooking style with high care of details and lots of originality. Excellent service and very charming environment.
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SmithNovember 7, 2015
    Full of flavour! Great service, fresh oysters and scallops and the best flavours I've had in a while!
  • Florencia G.
    Florencia GaleanoOctober 3, 2015
    The staff is lovely, the whole dining at the kitchen bar was a joy. I have never had a polenta as creamy and delicious as this one!
  • Ameer S.
    Ameer SalehOctober 2, 2015
    Deconstructed kebab
  • Mateusz D.
    Mateusz DzwonekOctober 2, 2015
    Definitely try Polenta! Scallops, pork belly and octopus are great as well.
  • Paola M.
    Paola MelloSeptember 27, 2015
    Cauliflower, scallops, polenta
  • Paola M.
    Paola MelloSeptember 27, 2015
    Amazing food, tried 10 menu itens and all were tasty! The Cauliflower steak and Seared Scallops are to die for!
  • Laurie B.
    Laurie BennettSeptember 15, 2015
    Your problem here isn't choosing what's good, it's just choosing. Delicious and different. Eat here!
  • Louis P.
    Louis PalomboAugust 2, 2015
    DO NOT get the tasting menu. All the mains looked lovely, which made it worse that I had got the average tasting menu instead.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱July 29, 2015
    Pork belly was okay. The chicken, tasting menu and service are amazing though!
  • Anna W.
    Anna WallaceJune 20, 2015
    Lovely restaurant with tasty, elegant plates. Good service. There's a raw bar.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah VaughanJune 12, 2015
    Fantastic, creative food and passionate service
  • Ana L.
    Ana LaraMay 25, 2015
    Great healthy food and lively atmosphere. Service was attentive and cool. I prefer to sit at the bar rather than on the tables.
  • Clea R.
    Clea RomeoMay 16, 2015
    Very nice food and great for sharing but I suggest only getting one meat dish as they're very intensely flavoured and heavy
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence L.April 20, 2015
    Service, food, wine, middle eastern atmosphere
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungMarch 14, 2015
    Octopus. Kebabs. Bread.
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungMarch 14, 2015
    Trendy. Intimate. Busy. Noisy. Very good food. Bread, meze, octopus (wonderful), revisioned kebabs... All good
  • Leon G.
    Leon GauhmanMarch 1, 2015
    Best of Israeli food I ever had
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁February 15, 2015
    Cozy, trendy & good yummy foods
  • toni
    toniJanuary 4, 2015
    Order any dish that contains bread.
  • Mario B.
    Mario BrancifortiDecember 20, 2014
    Nice retro atmosphere. Delicious pork tagine, polenta and scallops.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HDecember 14, 2014
    Polenta all day every day, mezze too
  • Roy
    RoyDecember 4, 2014
    Deserving of the endless, often insufferable praise. The best Israeli food outside of Machne Yehuda market.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FitzNovember 30, 2014
    Best bread and dip ever!
  • Dan M.
    Dan M.October 31, 2014
    Tiny portions, not that creative cuisine and average wine selection. Much better places around this part of London...
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MuirOctober 16, 2014
    We came on their opening Saturday and I was probably the best meal out we've ever had. Simply brilliant, buzzy and tasty
  • The Times and Sunday Times
    And then a pork belly tagine, really piggy, truly barnyardy, that was as effective a reminder that this place is not kosher as the octopus tentacles had been a couple of rounds before. Read more
  • Lee C.
    Lee ClancyOctober 7, 2014
    Pork belly and tartare
    Upvoted Nov 15, 2017
  • Antonia B.
    Antonia BothnerAugust 23, 2014
    Need to come back and try everything!!! But don't skip the brioche even if you don't eat carbs!
  • Heather R.
    Heather RodriguezAugust 20, 2014
    Excellent food. Tried the polenta, fried chicken, salmon tartare, spring salad and the octopus polpi. Everything was delicious. Wine selection was average, but fair pricing.
  • Emma J.
    Emma JacksonAugust 14, 2014
    The food is out and out amazing. Truffle polenta with asparagus...
  • Deniz O.
    Deniz OzgerAugust 13, 2014
    Polenta tastes great and it's more or less their signature dish. Kubenia and Sweetbread Bourekas where also quite good, latter being quite greasy though.
  • Matthias G.
    Matthias GrayAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing food, service and vibe. Interesting menu with dishes full of flavour. The deconstructed kebab is amazing, so is the salmon salad. Staff very attending and good mix of diners. 5/5 stars.
  • Ranjan D.
    Ranjan DAugust 6, 2014
    superb food, go with recommendations and don't miss the Polenta. like it a lot
  • Brian
    BrianAugust 6, 2014
    Excellent food. Great service from playful staff.
  • Marcus M.
    Marcus MalekJuly 16, 2014
    Pork belly was absolutely amazing!
  • Guy B.
    Guy BingleyJuly 10, 2014
    If you put your number down for a table, don't take more than 12 mins to get there after they call you. They will give your table away and make you wait another 45 mins without empathy or remorse.
  • Davina R.
    Davina RudieJuly 7, 2014
    Great service , delicate portions , cute intimate dining
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaJune 28, 2014
    Israel (Around the World in London)
  • Lorna O.
    Lorna O'CMay 23, 2014
    Great food, Israeli not Spanish but tapas style, sister restaurant of Machneyuda
  • Sophie A.
    Sophie AdelmanMay 23, 2014
    Polenta is Amazing! Also the oxtail. Portions aren't the largest so over order!
  • ellali
    ellaliOctober 4, 2017
    מי שאכל אצל אסף גרניט במחנה יודה ירגיש ממש בבית אוכל טרי טעים מתובל ולא סתם היא זכתה שנתיים ברציפות כמסעדה הכי טובה בלונדון
  • Ahmet T.
    Ahmet TürkçaparAugust 26, 2017
    Ortadoğu mutfağı , Türklere önermem
  • Almost L.
    Almost LocalsNovember 20, 2014
    Restaurante Israelense na lista dos melhores de Londres de vários jornais.
  • 7161440
    7161440October 9, 2014
    Не плохая еда. Симпатичная обстановка. Уютно и комфортно.
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