A hugely popular Middle Eastern café/restaurant in the northern reaches of Fitzrovia.
This modest Israeli-run café was one of the most welcome new openings of 2012, but to some extent has become a victim of its own success. The small tables and chairs are packed closely together, with little elbow room; finding a spare table at short notice is rarer than finding a burning bush in the desert. Prices are on the high side for what, after all, is only a café – even if it does serve wine and is now open in the evenings for dinner. But the cooking is still very appealing, even if it doesn’t quite measure up the hype (a cookbook has just come out, following much media reporting in 2013 over a six-figure fee for the publication rights).
The reality is that this is very nice, but not especially unusual Middle Eastern cooking – Ottolenghi it ain’t. Own-made taramasalata was served with some very moreish lavoush crackers, but the egg roe itself was nothing extraordinary. Better was the falafel – crisp on the outside, herby and flavoursome within, with a slightly tart tahini sauce. A roasted aubergine main course seemed to have been garnished with more concern for how the dish looked than tasted: the copious handful of whole mint leaves and raw pomegranate arils was overpowering. The lamb meatballs were also served with a crudely-chopped salad; the shards of raw red onion wouldn’t pass muster in a most London Lebanese restaurants.
For such high prices we had hoped for more care with the dishes; but in its favour, the service from the young waitresses was charming and very quick.
|Venue name:||Honey & Co||Contact:|
25A Warren Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 8am-6pm Mon; 8am-10pm Tue-Fri; 9-10pm Sat|
|Transport:||Great Portland Street or Warren Street tube|
|Price:||Main courses £8.50-£12.50. Set dinner (Tue-Fri) £29.50 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:15
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:5
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
Delicious, inventive Mediterranean inspired food! This tiny restaurant is a real gem in Fitzrovia. You just can't go wrong. If you like Nopi or Ottolenghi, you will love this place!
The best restaurant I have been to in London and I have lived here for 3 years! The food is beautifully prepared and each mouthful is a full of flavour and surprise. I adore this place.
Went here for the first time last night and loved it. They didn't have our booking (book by email to get a confirmation) but luckily could seat us after a short wait. If this was in Soho you wouldn't be able to book, so it's great that you can. Loved the simple but delicious food, cooked so well and reasonably priced. The mixed mezze starter was delicious, so clean and tasty, nothing like the terrible platters I've had in similar places. Staff couldn't have been nicer. The restaurant is basic but buzzing and I will definitely be back. Have eaten in many middle-Eastern places and this stood out for it's clean and fresh food, the lamb was incredible and my friend's beef kofte were so juicy and tasty I had to stop myself having more.
I've been here several times now as I work nearby. It is always a warm and delicious experience. The pomegranate chicken is always a winner and their mezzo plates are delightful. Some other reviews below are quite condescending and harsh. I've lived in the Middle East so I know good Arabic-Israeli food when I see it thank you!
After looking forward to visiting this restaurant, the reality was really disappointing. I know Middle Eastern food well and expected something exceptional. As a vegetarian, I thought I'd be well served. Instead, I found only two vegetarian main courses, one of them a savoury cheesecake, which wouldn't work as I was intending to have cheesecake as a dessert. I ended up having a cauliflower dish, which was basically a plate of cold cauliflower, served with no accompaniments apart from a few crunchy crackers. The price for this, considering the basic ingredients of caultiflower and onions, was downright ridiculous. The cheesecake dessert, although much feted, was to me more like a plate of whipped cream on a crunchy base. Very nice but not awe-inspiring. The room is terrifically noisy at peak time. I left feeling mystified why this restaurant has had such great reviews - save your money and go to Le Comptoir Libanais, if you want real value and exciting flavours.
I can't think of a single negative thing to say about our lunch at Honey & Co. From the friendly welcome, the fresh, unpretentious room and the delicious food, it was a thoroughly lovely experience. I admit that I can't claim to be an expert on this type of cuisine, having only visited the Middle East a couple of times, but I do eat out at a variety of Middle Eastern restaurants in London, and I cook often from The Ottolenghi Cookbook, Plenty and Jerusalem, so I'm not sure it's quite fair to suggest, as some reviewers have, that people only enjoy it because they haven't tried this type of food before. Even if they are new to these flavours, surely their opinion is valid, too?
Maybe it was my own fault for spending the past week cooking recipes by Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden but so utterly disappointed was I by Honey & Co that I feel the need to write my first ever review. I just don't understand what made Timeout, AA Gill and the Guardian lavish such praise. Maybe it was the Ottolonghi pedigree, or the cute husband-and-wife-open-bijou-restaurant story but to me, the meal was completely uninspiring and overpriced. We ordered two starters, two mains, a dessert, a glass of wine, coffee, herb tea and an iced tea and, for what is essentially a very budget experience, it came to a unjustified £62.50 I had booked two weeks ahead and was really looking forward to bold, vibrant, exciting flavours. I left feeling completely despondent, complaining about the injustice of it all for the entire duration of our two-hour journey home (sorry boyfriend). So many of the other less favourable reviews hit the nail on the head, I don't know why I didn't listen to them. The falafel was just falafel, the meatballs lacked any kind of punch, and the aubergine was, well, boring. Ok, so the cheesecake was nice, but just nice, not mind-blowing. The peach and rose tea was lovely but essentially just very sweet peach juice. The staff are sweet but perhaps cloyingly so. They were overeager to explain (what was) a very undemanding menu. This does give the impression that the vast majority of people eating here are unlikely to have tried anything close to this type of food before. Like other reviewers, I also picked up on the fact that the restaurant attracts a very specific demographic. If you want this type of food in a cafe-style atmosphere, at least go to someplace like Comptoir Libanais, which also charges cafe-style prices. If not, do yourselves a favour by finding some Middle Eastern recipes, buying the inexpensive ingredients from one of the many grocers across London, and cook up some food that will really make your taste buds sing but will unfortunately also highlight the mediocrity of Honey & Co.
The food here is so fresh and interesting it dances off the plate! And the home-made drinks are also wonderful (though if you definitely don't have a sweet tooth you might like to sample a bit first). Staff are welcoming and friendly. i have eaten here several times with friends and on my own and always had a great experience.
I'm a foodie. I'm also Jewish. I am obsessed with cooking from Ottolenghi cookbooks. Every dish I make is always oooohed and aahhhed over at dinner parties. So when I heard about Honey & Co, I had to check it out on a recent trip to London. I cannot rave enough about this restaurant - everything from the leftie style mezze to the home made hummous and pitta to the fig and goats cheese salad (WOW) to the perfect falafel and tahini to the homemade lemonade and did I mention the middle eastern take on cheesecake which will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. Superb. Go there. Best new place to eat in town. I live in Sydney and I'm gutted I can't go there every week for lunch.
The cheesecake is like all the most beautiful celebrities having sex inside of my mouth. Also the beef was a similar, if more savoury, sensation.
Delicious food, very cute place, friendly staff. Had a table of 7 so we were able to sample most of the savoury menu, with highlights being the roasted aubergine, lamb on pitta bread and tomato and feta salad. The cheesecake (made with smooth feta cheese, a crispy base and chunks of white peaches and roasted almonds) was amazing! I also tried a plum and pistachio tart with coconut base, as well as the strawberry and rose iced tea which were both delightful. Definitely coming back.
Food was delicious, esp the tomato salad and small honey and raspberry cake. Only fault was that the falafel was a bit bland. Would definitely go back to try more of the menu. Book at lunchtimes.
Meet a friend here for breakfast. Excellent coffee, delicious scrambled eggs served with a tomato salad. Couldn't fault it. Bought cakes to take home and they were amazing especially the yoghurt and orange cake.
A group of us have been visiting Honey & Co from their opening. Cannot think of suitably complimentary adjectives to describe both the food and the staff so let's go with amazing! Highly recommend everything on the menu as we have tried nearly all of it and have yet to find anything we disliked.
Amazing food!i had the lemony prawn tangible with the potatoes and peas. The bread/cake that came with it to dip in was amazing! The flavours are fort and fragrant. The only problem was the portions are small for me and I generally don't eat so much! But after trying the cheesecake (with an Israeli twist, made with feta and instead of biscuit base, a vermicelli noodle and honey base) I was filled to the brim- the best cheesecake I've ever had.. Deffo coming again with my sister and brother! Xx