Palestinian pizza and mezze in Soho.
While Middle Eastern food is more than having a moment, there are few specifically Palestinian spots in London. But lo! Here is Soho’s Tabun Kitchen, owned by film producer Hanan Kattan, taking its name from a biblical clay oven and dishing up spiritually nourishing Palestinian home cooking.
For a place to eat soul food, the room – a narrow space with stark white walls and clean lines – feels a bit clinical. Focus is drawn to a counter filled with takeaway wraps, behind which chefs in whites pull ‘manaeesh’ (aka, Palestinian pizzas) from a modern steel version of the tabun, complete with flickering embers. Both room and menu better suit lunchtime visits from small groups who don’t mind tearing and sharing.
Our lamb pizza, though, was a tad weak, and over-sweet with cinnamon. Instead, plough through crunchy falafel with an uplifting and interesting sumac core, tender strips of musakhan chicken with sweet caramelised onion and the delicately smoked aubergine dip. Mint tea was an ideal accompaniment, but a pomegranate bellini made with flat fizzy wine did little to lift the mood. Sweet staff helped, though. Tabun Kitchen is a welcome spot for a feel-good takeaway or quick pit-stop.
|Venue name:||Tabun Kitchen|
77 Berwick St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat midday-midnight; Sun closed|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus|
|Price:||Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £45.|
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Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:9
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
Used a Time Out voucher yesterday afternoon to have the Jerusalem feast for 2 with my friend who is a vegetarian. It was an unexpected delight. I wasn't sure what to expect given the voucher was £29. The fizz that came with the voucher was delicious. The food was great, very good hummus, delicious falafel and dips, the Jerusalem pizza was a revelation and I had a delicious lamb dish while my friend had the equally delicious vegi version. We washed it all down with the reasonably priced house red a pays d'oc Cabernet Sauvignon. Definitely recommend for a late lunch in Soho. Would be good value even without the Time Out voucher.
This new Soho restaurant is an absolute gem. We went there on a Saturday afternoon for late lunch. There was a great atmosphere. The manager as well as other staff took great care of us and they were very friendly, attentive and informative about the food choices. There was plenty of choice for everyone in our group including vegan and gluten free dishes. The food was absolutely delicious, and innovative, home made from fresh ingredients. The portions are big and the prices are very affordable. Well done Tabun Kitchen for creating and producing such tasty dishes. We will definitely be back soon.
Visited in a group of 5 for a post-theatre, so at 10:30pm - there were no other customers but the atmosphere was nice and cozy. Staff kind and attentive. The waiting time for the food was a little too long but it was worth it, as the food was really nice. The menu offers options for vegetarians and vegans, although no vegan puddings. good portions and good value for money.
For the first time this weekend, I had the chance to taste some Palestinian food. It was such a great discovery; I didn't regret my choice to give Tabun Kitchen a try!I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the restaurant (lots of candles, Arabic music…), and the staff was so nice and helpful. I especially enjoyed their cheese Manaeesh (a Palestinian pizza), and their pomegranate lemonade was a delight, it was so tasty! I’ll be back for sure!
I had a great experience at this hidden gem in the streets of Soho. The restaurant itself is very clean and has lovely features. The food was brilliant, offering similar things to a lot of other places but with their own twist, it is clear by the food that these guys put a lot of love into their dishes and this really translates into the taste. Everything I had was delicious. Friendly and helpful staff that helped us through the menu with fantastic recommendations made this a great lunch. In and out within 45 minutes, good healthy food make this a great lunchtime spot. 5 stars
What can i say about this restaurant other than i won't ever be going back. The food was ok nothing special and when we went it was almost empty. it's looks really quiet and no real atmosphere so i don't understand which occasion it suits. The staff is friendly enough but don't really know the menu so we had no help in understanding what to order.