A fun and raucous slice of Jerusalem in Soho, The Palomar revels in the punchy flavours of modern Israeli food
First opened in 2015 by Israeli brother and sister Layo and Zoë Paskin, who had previously run nightclubs (he was half of breakbeat duo Layo and Bushwacka), the restaurant is famous for its party vibe, especially at the narrow dining counter and open kitchen.
Here, a swashbuckling team of chefs chat to customers and cook their socks off, against a soundtrack of thumping dance beats (the more sedate back room offers sanctuary for diners seeking peace and quiet).
The menu is focused on sharing plates that look to capture flavours of modern day Jersaulem, so there are contemporary takes on classic Jewish dishes and plenty of influences from southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant.
Signatures include baba ganoush, falafels and shakshukit – a rich mix of minced beef, lamb, pistachios and pine nuts for scooping up with josper-baked pitta breads. But there are also fusion dishes such as Persian pappardelle and sea trout tartare with chilli, plum and fennel.
There’s a stellar cocktail list and wine list that ricochets around the globe from Chile to Greece and of course Israel, while service is never short of generous and warm hearted. The Paskins have gone on to open several other restaurants, including The Barbary and The Blue Posts, but The Palomar continues to set the standard in Soho.