Tabun Kitchen

Restaurants, Middle Eastern Soho
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Tabun Kitchen

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.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Tabun Kitchen
Address: 77 Berwick St
Soho
London
W1F 8TH
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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3.9 / 5

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tastemaker

Had the Musakhan Chicken at lunch with my coworkers and quite enjoyed it. But the flatbreads at the bottom does get quite greasy and the tables a bit sticky to the touch. 

Tastemaker

I think this may have been my first time at a Palestinian restaurant and I rather enjoyed it. The decor is fresh and fun, staff are efficient but not overbearing. 


Food is mainly the middle eastern treats you know and love already... hummus, halloumi, flat breads, tabbouleh. But what really steals the show is the Fatej Jej chicken - a delicious creamy dish that packs a punch on flavour. We didn't order it but they also do a very reasonable lunch menu. 

Tastemaker

Came here on a Timeout voucher with some friends. They were very accommodating about moving us away from the door, which was very nice of them as a lot of places 'forget' 5 minutes after you ask and no table is available. We had the tasting menu, which came with all you can eat hummus and baba ganoush (and accompanying pita, very clutch) We definitely left unbelievably full and happy 


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.

tastemaker

4.5 starts baby!!!

The girls and I came here for brunch and drinks... honestly I won't lie, I didn't expect much from the food but what we got blew us all away. We started with hummus,smoked aubergine,Palestinian pizza and falafel... the portions were never ending and the flavours consuming!!

We mmm'ed and ahh'ed the whole way through the meal!

We then had grilled veggies,lamb and chicken with rice.. woah..what a feast fit for kings!! I can't fault the food at all and the service was lovely too. We all talked about going back so yes I'd recommend this place!

They have a lot of set menus which is great for groups varying from £25pp upwards. Honestly...so worth It!! If you want food with a twist and excitement then this joint dishing out Jerusalem cuisine is the place for you!

Tastemaker

Tabun Kitchen is a soulful Middle-Eastern restaurant tucked away in Soho. It’s the perfect spot for lunch or for dinner. 


The ethos of Tabun Kitchen is that dinner is a sharing experience, so help yourself to a bit of everything as the dishes arrive in the middle of your table. 


The Jerusalem taster menu might be a little on the pricey at £35 per head, but it gives you the best that Tabun Kitchen has to offer. As a 4-course dinner, it’s going to stuff you and of the many stellar dishes on the menu, it’s the Lamb Makloubeh that really steals the show. It’s explosive with flavour. 


It’s not the biggest of restaurants but can still cater for large groups and functions. Book ahead so you can reserve the downstairs dining space, perfect for a party of up to 22 people.


It’s clean white walls and lines is a bit clinical but that doesn’t bother me. 


Tabun Kitchen is a comforting and soulful little restaurant in Soho, refreshing to see among all the ubiquitous burgers and diners in London nowadays.

tastemaker

I've never tried Palestinian food before, but I'm glad I went to Tabun Kitchen for my first taster. 


For a restaurant in Soho it had a lot of charm and some equally charming characters. It's a relatively  small space, but you don't feel crowded or too close to your neighbour which is nice. The only issue is the table size if, like me, you order too much food. 


The grilled halloumi was spectacular. It had been grilled to the point of almost melting, and was soft, slightly salty and creamy all at once. Alongside this the moutabal - smoked aubergine - was a bit tangy from the addition of lemon juice, and packed full of a warming, smoky flavour. 


The falafel, on the other hand, were slightly dry and disappointing. But, the chilli sauce they were served with made up for it with bags of flavour that punched you with every bite. In a good way, of course. 


From the traditional plates, try the samake harra - a whole grilled fish of the day, which on the day we visited was sea bass, smothered in a warming chilli and herb dressing. It was tangy and sweet and spicy all at once. Delicious. 


Whilst your at Tabun, you have to try a Manaeesh - what they describe as a Palestinian pizza cooked in their Tabun oven next to the bar, in pride of place. The Lamb Tahini Kofta had succulent lamb mince with a creamy tahini dressing and a slight kick of spice from a gentle sprinkling of chilli. Another winning dish. 


The plate of the day for me, however, was the dessert. Knafeh is akkawi cheese - a white brine cheese originating from the city of Acre - layered with kataifi pastry and orange blossom syrup to create a dessert that wasn't overly sweet and had slight hints of savouriness. It also melted in the mouth perfect with crisp pastry. I wish we hadn't got one to share, as I could have quite happily eaten a whole one to myself. 


The food at Tabun is great. The service was a bit hit and miss. Although very friendly, they were a tad slow and got a bit confused over orders - watch out, as they tried to serve us two dishes that certainly weren't ours. However, I would definitely recommend going along and getting a taste for Palestinian food. 

Tastemaker

Mmmm this place serves delish food! Tasty mezze that comes out as it is ready - perfect for sharing with a couple of friends. 

Recommend the Halloumi, which was cooked perfectly with a squidgy inside and crispy outside. Definitely try a few of their dips with pitta and their pizzas are also good value for money.

The service was exceptional- really friendly with just the right amount of attention. 

Currently they have a 241 cocktail and mezze deal which is well worth it.


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!
Tastemaker

My fondness for Middle Eastern cuisine has been growing recently, so the new tempting restaurant in Soho couldn’t have stayed unchecked.

The dishes descriptions in the menu were mouth-watering, but unfortunately the reality wasn’t as tasty. I found the restaurant cold and unatmospheric (we were sitting in the front part), but it wouldn’t have mattered if the food won me over. It didn’t. I ordered the vegetarian Makloubeh, which was supposed to be rice with spiced aubergine, cauliflower and broad beans, pine nuts, pistachios, and raisins. I remember the rice well as it was very dry, in a ‘I-was-sitting-in-the-kitchen-for-a-few-good-hours’ way. It was topped with three dry slices of aubergine while the cauliflower was replaced by two slices of tomato with no explanation. There weren’t definitely any raisins or pistachios in the dish. The  accompanying yoghurt, cucumber and mint sauce was and their pickles, on the other hand, quite tasty

My friend’s Palestinian pizza with lamp kofta arrived 10 minutes later and was dry, too.

I almost never drink fresh mint tea, so I asked about the sediment on the bottom on my cup. It apparently is a natural thing occurring while brewing, but the waiter clearly had no clue about the staff he serves and brought me a new cup without a word, only to witness the same thing happening again.

After the disappointing mains we decided to give them last one chance and ordered Muhalabia – rose scented milk pudding with crushed pistachios and orange blossom honey and it was the best thing that night.


We visited Tabum Kitchen when they had a promo of 50% off mains, which I quoted when booking. However, it was not honoured on our bill. They also tried their luck with the table next to us, not the best way to win customers.

tastemaker

My friend and I came here for dinner last Friday night to try out some Palestinian food, a cuisine neither of us had tried before. 


Since we were going to share food, we decided to pick an item from each of the main sections. Under the ‘starter’ section, we ordered the Jerusalem Falafel. This was the first time that my friend was trying falafels and she absolutely loved it! I’m glad it was a good first experience for her and I found them to be pretty decent too. They weren’t too oily so I suspect they could have been baked rather than fried but still maintained a crispy exterior and smooth interior. They were served with a really tasty tahini and eggplant dip on the side.


Under ‘traditional mains’, we decided to go for the Vegetable Makloubeh. This consisted of rice served with grilled aubergines, tomatoes and courgettes, sprinkled with toasted pine nuts on top and a fresh cucumber and mint dipping sauce on the side. I thought the grilled vegetables were cooked well but lacked flavour – there was no particularly strong flavours coming through and so I tasted more of the chard-ness flavour from the grill.


As for the ‘manaeesh’ section, we wanted the Spicy Sujuk Sausage version but our waitress told us that this was the only one that wasn’t available. This is a shame because my friend and I know just how tasty Sujuk sausage is and we were really looking forward to having some, especially on pizza! But we were equally pleased with the Akkawi Cheesemanaeesh that we ordered. I’ve never tasted this type of cheese before but I thought it had a very similar texture and taste to mozzarella cheese. This pizza just came slathered in this cheese and a few chopped up pieces of black olives for added flavour. I really enjoyed this dish but I did find it a bit odd that it arrived at our table at room temperature and that there was a bit of liquid (I assume from the cheese?) under the pizza, which made the base of the pizza dough a little soggy.


Finally, under the ‘grills’ section, we had the Lamb Three Ways. This consisted of 3 pieces each of marinated lamb fillet, spiced lamb kofta and tahini lamb kofta. This was by far my favourite! I definitely have a weakness for lamb, especially when it’s grilled in this style. All three version were delicious and flavourful. It was also served a a heaping serving of grilled peppers and onions topped with a really good creamed garlic sauce. Definitely worth ordering this dish if you’re a meat-lover!


Since we were having red meat, I thought it only appropriate to go for a glass of red wine. This was actually a pretty decent glass of wine – it was smooth and had hints of sweetness to it so it was very pleasant to drink on its own but also with our food.


I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant because it resembled a lounge. Even though we were only two, we were seated on couch-like chairs that came with a pillow. There were other seats in the restaurant with normal chairs too but I thought this was quite cute. It would make for a cute setting for a dinner date, especially because the restaurant didn’t get very loud throughout our meal and the music that played was calming and enjoyable.



tastemaker

Tabun Kitchen is a lovely new restaurant in Soho inspired by Jerusalem street food traditionally made in a tabun oven. I had never tried this cuisine before and I’m so so glad I finally did! The menu offers a beautiful array of sharing mezze dishes as well as main meals and pizza. The simplistic décor and a view of the open kitchen (including the tabun oven) makes dining here feel authentic. The food is healthy and you can see everything being freshly prepared! The service here was also amazing – incredibly friendly and helpful waiters. 


I came here with a couple of friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. We used the TimeOut offer which was great value including four mezze plates OR a main meal, a side and a cocktail for £20. This was way more than enough food and a great way to try a variety of Tabun Kitchen’s specialities. The mezze dishes on the menu were mostly vegetarian so veggies will have zero problems here! Delicious food, fresh flavours and lovely presentation. I was very impressed with my meal here and can’t wait to go back!


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.