Tabun Kitchen’s Soho site is winning on all levels

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Tabun Kitchen, London’s modern Palestinian restaurant is making a name for itself in the vibrant streets of Soho and the food is good. We mean really good. This is authentic Jerusalem-inspired home cooking and rather unique to London we’d say. The ‘Tabun’ oven from which Tabun Kitchen takes their name has been a centrepiece of Palestinian cooking since pre-Biblical times. Tabun Kitchen’s menus showcase a range of delicious dishes based on the traditional home-cooking of the region – from ‘Musakhan’ to ‘Makloubeh’ – with fresh new modern twists. Their menus consist of the mezze and mains, the taster menu, the takeaway menu, the set lunch and the ever naughty desserts.

We opted for the taster menu, which included the ‘Taster Mezze’ consisting of the Jerusalem Falafel made with homemade falafel and a sumac onion centre. Dry it was not. It also came with the Jerusalem Udssieh consisting of hummus, fava beans, chilli and a garlic lemon dressing. Also along with the other mezes was the Maftool Salad made from hand rolled Palestinian durum wheat ‘cous cous’, the Freekeh Salad made with roasted green wheat, lime and chilli dressing, delicious hummus and Tabun Bread. From the Tabun oven we chose the Lamb Tahini Kofta Palestinian ‘pizza’ made with pine nuts, pomegranate and chilli and two of their traditional plates, the ‘Fatet Jaj Chicken’ made with shredded lemon chicken, rice, hummus sauce, chilli, toasted pine nuts and sautéed garlic and the ‘Lamb Makloubeh’ made with slow-cooked lamb, rice, aubergine and pine nuts. Both dishes were divinely delicious! We also chose the ‘Muhulabieh’ – a rose scented milk pudding made with crushed pistachios and orange blossom honey and the ‘Hariseh Cake’ made with semolina, coconut and orange blossom syrup for our desserts. The Jerusalem Taster that we had consists of four courses – the Mezze Taster, the Manaeesh, Traditional Plate and Dessert and coffee or tea for £35 per person.

Tabun Kitchen’s founder is award-winning entrepreneur and film producer, Hanan Kattan. Hanan grew up in a Palestinian household, and has now lived in London for three decades. It’s been her long time wish to fuse together her love of good food and middle-eastern culture along with her business experience. Hanan says ‘the food is freshly made daily with an emphasis on light, healthy recipes that bring a modern slant to a truly delicious and ancient cuisine. Whether you join us for a freshly baked wrap, a hand made salad, a selection of mezze or a dinner of Palestinian-inspired home cooked dishes, we want you to enjoy a warm welcome and vibrant flavours in surroundings that relax and restore you. Tabun Kitchen is a tribute to my heritage and my culture of abundance that is shared through food. Welcome and Sahtein.’

Tabun Kitchen has jerusalem happy hour: 2-for-1 cocktails Monday to Sunday from 4:30 – 6:30pm and a set lunch menu available 12noon to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 2 courses are £15.00 and 3 courses are £17.00.

The warmth and hospitality we received was typical of Palestinian culture and wholly noted. I just can’t wait for any excuse to go back there! Who’s game?

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ADDRESS:77 Berwick St Soho

Written by Julia Nelson