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Stoke Newington

There’s no actual tatreez – traditional Palestinian embroidery – in evidence at this funky new café. It’s fitted out in plain chunky blocks of wood, with a high counter in front of the whitewashed swell of a bread oven, and a big communal table at the back. A small collection of Palestinian deli produce and samples of a Gazan cookbook adorn the bar; the chalkboard menu is studded with symbols of the Palestinian flag, indicating where fairly-traded ingredients have made it on to the menu from the owner’s conflicted homeland.

The menu lacks the depth of equivalent cafés on the Edgware Road. There is a very selective range of café snacks that only hints at the depth and breadth of the region’s cooking. The Palestinian angle seems to refer mostly to the provenance of the ingredients; the dishes would be perfectly at home in Beirut, but their execution is spot on.

After a bowl of Palestinian olives and a couple of easy-drinking Lebanese beers, we had tart makdous – pickled baby aubergines stuffed with walnuts and chilli – fluffy, creamy and warm full-stewed chickpeas, and crisp manaeesh flatbread baked with a cheese and za’atar thyme mix. We chose a honeyed Palestinian white wine, but there are also some excellent Lebanese wines. Throughout all of this, a live guitarist strummed world jazz, one of the regular free sets.

On an average Tuesday night, the space filled quickly with artfully dishevelled locals having beers and snacks, listening to the music and generally having a jolly old time; minimal politics, maximum enjoyment.

Venue name: Tatreez
Address: 188 Stoke Newington High Street
N16 7JD
Opening hours: Meals served 11am-10pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 11am-11pm Fri, Sat. Main courses £5-£6.50
Transport: Rail: Stoke Newington rail/67, 73, 76, 149, 243 bus
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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punk p

my wife and I had two oversized dry crackers for a bout 7 quid each. I might not understand the  sophistication of Palestinian food but I don't think I will bother again to find out. Friendly place though. 

stuart round

Vegetarian, dog friendly, posh and tasty food nicely presented, reasonable prices, Palestinian (for interest) and (very) suitable for wine bibbers. Do I want or need more! Great location for dog owners right on the strip. Would have given 5 stars but hey there's room for improvement in all of us. Owner is more perfectionist than businesswoman in my opinion - no menu in the window pointing out vegie and puppy friendly. Says she's waiting for Tracey Emin to finish her menu commission. Only joking. Place quiet when I ate there. Please get that menu and canine-friendly sign up - I really don't want you to close.

Vero Marshall

I really liked the food, it felt like being abroad. I went on the opening night. It was fantastic!!!

Vicky Duffy

Lovely layout - a nice woody scene. The staff are friendly and the food is above average. Highly recommended :-)


I have been there and the food was amazing music astonishing perfect place for vegetarians