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March 2021: from 12 April, The Palomar will run a 36-seat terrace pop-up called 'Postcard From Home', inspired by Mediterranean market bars.

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Summary

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deafening and crowded, but that’s all part of the fun” – Tel Aviv comes to Theatreland at this “interesting haven”, on the fringe of Chinatown. “If you like atmosphere, too much noise, and somewhere right in the heart of things, it hits the bullseye”; and “sitting at the bar, bantering with the chefs and soaking up the superb playlist help make this a truly memorable occasion”. The “stunning and stunningly different”, “Israeli-influenced” small plates are “simply scrumptious” too, even if “prices are high for such a quick turnover of covers”.

Summary

£64
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Deafening and crowded, but that’s all part of the fun” – Tel Aviv comes to Theatreland at this “interesting haven”, on the fringe of Chinatown. “If you like atmosphere, too much noise, and somewhere right in the heart of things, it hits the bullseye”; and “sitting at the bar, bantering with the chefs and soaking up the superb playlist help make this a truly memorable occasion”. The “stunning and stunningly different”, “Israeli-influenced” small plates are “simply scrumptious” too, even if “prices are high for such a quick turnover of covers”.

Summary

£73
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It is frustratingly difficult to plan to eat” at this Tel Aviv-comes-to-Theatreland venture, given its humongous popularity and limited ability to book (only possible in the relatively un-funky dining room). The main action is “sitting at the counter watching the chefs (a riot!)” and its “great range of Middle Eastern / Mediterranean tapas” delivers “small plates zinging with flavour and invention”. With its “fabulous buzz”, fans say “you can’t say you’ve eaten in London till you’ve tried here”, but there’s the odd niggle too – “noisy”, “cramped” and “chaotic” conditions (to fans part of the charm), and a staff attitude that can sometimes “verge on arrogant”.

Summary

£62
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The Israeli answer to Barrafina” – this “compact” (“squashed”, “noisy” and sometimes “boiling”) Tel Aviv import is a “joyous” and “horizon-opening” experience, where “the good humour of the staff is infectious” and the “clever” (if sometimes “miniscule”) small plates dish up “whizz-bang” flavours that “demand to be noticed”. “Sitting at the counter, interacting with the chefs” is the way to go – you can only book for the much less funky dining room.

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The Palomar Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Palomar Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Palomar restaurant.
Anna S
Enjoyed the food here very much, good robus...
Reviewed 2 months, 25 days ago

"Enjoyed the food here very much, good robust flavours and excellent service."

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Anil V
love this place, the vibe has dampened a bi...
Reviewed 6 months, 3 days ago

"love this place, the vibe has dampened a bit with social distancing though "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£6.30 £18.00 £4.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Harden's says...

The Palomar

Handily located near Piccadilly Circus, a characterful and upbeat dining bar/restaurant bringing refreshing modern Israeli cuisine to the heart of the West End.


Serving 'the food of modern day Jerusalem' - in Chinatown - this quirky spot is clearly not your typical newcomer. And it's not just the mismatch between the culinary style and the location which makes it rather unusual. We can't think of many places where not only the kitchen staff, but the front-of-house too, all get individual name checks on that day's menu, or where one of the chefs wears a tweed cap, or indeed where there is no menu in the window - an oversight the day we visited, perhaps, but not entirely in accordance with the law.


But let's not let legalities get in the way. It's not difficult to see why, with its upbeat vibe (and quite loud jazz Muzak), this handily-located place has so speedily made waves, as almost everything on the menu is decidedly more-eish (and often Moorish too).


Even the Challah bread (served warm, with Tahini) was impressive. We used it avidly to scoop out a ramekin of polenta 'Jerusalem style' (with mushroom ragout and truffle oil) - a dish so unctuous it could equally well have been described as being in the style of Uriah Heep. Fortunately we were able to 'cut' it with a refreshing salad of fennel with Feta vinaigrette. For a (very) light lunch, with a small glass of wine, for £20, our meal thus far would have made a very civilised choice.


We pressed on, though. A main course of 'deconstructed' lamb kebab was perhaps the least successful choice - a compilation without much in the way of physical structure, it sometimes just seemed an assemblage of rather strident tastes. Harmony was restored, though, by a chocolate crémeux of which any Gallic pâtissier would have been proud. Fortunately the espresso was as intense as it was short.


All in all a very handy place, then, if you sit at the bar counter - shades of J Sheekey's Oyster Bar, we thought.


For more serious troughing, the intimate panelled dining room at the back would be the place to be. Book well ahead.


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MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5:30 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 7:30 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm

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