The first stand-alone project from Israeli-born chef Eran Tibi (formerly of Ottolenghi, Made in Camden and Zest@JW3) aims to bring a flavour of Tel Aviv cafe culture to Southwark. Open from 9 January 2017, this spot features an open kitchen, bar and all-day cafe downstairs, with a finer dining restaurant upstairs.
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“A bright spark sorely needed in Southwark” – this “Tel Aviv inspired” newcomer from Israeli-born chef Eran Tibi (formerly of Ottolenghi et al) provides “imaginative Middle Eastern fusion” dishes “in an unusual setting under the Waterloo arches”. “It could be a tad less expensive”, though, “the music could be a bit less loud”, and service is “smiley” but not always on the case.
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Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London, SE1 0LR
Mon - Fri noon - 11.30 pm; Sat 10.30 am - 4 pm, 6 pm - 11.30 pm; Sun 10.30 am - 5 pm
Last orders: 11.30 pm, Sun 5 pm