Bala Baya

Israeli food, a 25% discount, and a hidden spot underneath Southwark’s railway arches: yes, please. Bala Baya is a new restaurant from ex-Ottolenghi chef Eran Tibi and popper-upper Sammy Shonn. Heart-warmingly, Bala Baya is an incarnation of what they describe as their very own “poem to Tel Aviv”. This is a tale of an honest … Continue reading Bala Baya


Tabun Kitchen

A Friday night mezze of authentic Palestinian cooking. In theory, this sounded like the perfect setting for a catch-up supper with my tapas friends on a wintery night, post-London’s first shower of seasonal snow. The offer of 50% off for mains was also in keeping with the January theme. The influence of the Middle East … Continue reading Tabun Kitchen


In keeping with my school friends’ tapas catch-ups, I opted for a Turkish take on mezze. A contemporary restaurant jointly run by Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie, Oklava pulls fantastic Turkish cuisine outside of the typical kebab shops of East London into a fun, trendy dining spot that oozes contemporary chic. One of my favourite … Continue reading Oklava

Peckham Bazaar

Although originally a pop-up, Peckham Bazaar has - luckily for us - become a permanent fixture. Now they're back and more of my friends are moving to south London, I’m eager to explore neighbourhood restaurants and up-and-coming foodie hotspots; Artusi, Pop Brixton, Ali Baba's Juice, Tooting's Mud, and Streatham's Hood/Brooks & Gao are also on … Continue reading Peckham Bazaar


Without doubt, Pilpel has to be the best falafel that I’ve tried in London. It’s even on About Time Magazine’s top London falafel ( Having luncheoned and dined(!) here on numerous occasions, with friends and even Partners at a City law firm, a review is in order. Describing itself as “Fresh, Healthy Food”, Pilpel is … Continue reading Pilpel

Tas Pide

Tucked away in the back streets of Southwark, Tas Pide is the sister-restaurant of the popular Tas. But there's one big difference that this sibling offers: Turkish pizza. Typically for a Saturday evening, this meant that the restaurant was heaving, so I was relieved that my friend had booked us a table. Or should I … Continue reading Tas Pide


A soft launch of a restaurant set up by an ex-Palomar chef – how could I miss out?! Foley’s is brought together by Head Chef Mitz Vora who joined from his position as Sous Chef at The Palomar. Following a successful six-week pop-up (at Foley’s Tasting Kitchen) in Shepherds Bush, the team opened their permanent … Continue reading Foley’s

Koshari Street at the Real Food Market, Southbank

Before heading out for an evening of jazz – the ideal way to unwind on a Friday night -  my companion and I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat. As her train was arriving into Waterloo, we thought we’d opt for something in the vicinity. Aside from the usual and uninspiring chains lining … Continue reading Koshari Street at the Real Food Market, Southbank


The latest in the recent wave of Jewish-inspired eateries, Palomar brings Middle Eastern cuisine to the heart of theatreland. This Soho newcomer has its roots in the trendy, high-end Jerusalem restaurant, Machneyuda, owned by London-based DJ Layo Paskin. Buzzy and young, it has made a name for itself by serving traditional Israeli dishes with international … Continue reading Palomar

The Barbary

As the sibling of Palomar – an offshoot of one of Israel’s trendiest restaurants Machneyuda - the Barbary has long been on my restaurant "to-go-to" list. So when faced with the task of picking the dining spot for a Christmas dinner with my school friends, this place immediately sprung to mind. Indeed, it’s probably one … Continue reading The Barbary