Thursday, 13 June 2013

Honey & Co - A New Favourite

It's only ever so often that you stumble across a restaurant that ticks all the boxes, that leaves you in awe of the beautiful creations it serves, that wins you over with its atmosphere and that makes you want to tell every single of your friends (even though secretly you would like to keep it to yourself to still be able to snatch a reservation in the future) to come and try it. Honey & Co had exactly this effect on me and has quickly become my favourite restaurants in London. With only 20 or so seats, it is a tiny place with a distinctly Mediterranean yet understated feel - think white walls and beautiful floor tiles-  that instantly makes you forget that you are only a few minutes walk from Warren Street Tube station. Run by a husband and wife duo that used to work at Ottolenghi,  Yotam Ottolenghi of course being the man that first introduced London's restaurant scene to the hybrid Israeli/Middle eastern/Eastern European cuisine that is also embraced here and  who has since gone on to write several cookbooks, has a weekly column in the Guardian and runs  several restaurants in London that tend to be a little out of my price range, they have successfully continued and developed this experimental, fresh and seasonal approach to cooking in their own restaurant. Every ingredient shines in the dishes here and you can really see the love and thought that goes into the creation of their weekly changing mains. If you go for dinner I wholeheatredly recommend ordering their set menu for £29.50. For this you get a huge selection of mezze to share with everything from freshly made falafel, hot pitta, hummous, pickles, fritters, tahini and radishes making an appearance and giving you the whole range of different textures and flavours so typical in the Middle Eastern cuisine. The mains that I have tried so far ( I have been twice already) were equally delicious and also suprising in flavours. The poached prawns served with bulgar wheat, feta and little bursts of pomegranate seeds was a beautifual combination of colours on the plate but also an explosion of flavours in the mouth. 

And that is the thing at Honey & Co, everything served not only looks like straight out of a cookbook, so vibrant in its colours, but tastes equally as good, one of the few places I have been where, whether eating vegetarian or not,  every option on the menu looked truly enticing. The dessert was no disappointment either. In fact their Middle Eastern style cheesecake, kataifi pastry, cold cream cheese, honey and pistachios, was one of the best desserts I have ever had. Crunchy, creamy and not too sweet, every mouthful was a pure joy without the stodginess I have become rather too accustomed to from my burger eating adventures. It is one of those places that you want as your neighbourhood gem, that you want to cater for your wedding, whose owners you want to basically hug when you leave their doors. Honey & Co thank you for bringing a little bit of sunshine with your food to a grey London. 


Alma said...

looks like a nice place!!!! the food looks great! xo, Alma

charlène G said...

That's my first post but I follow you since a long time. I knew you with Diglee and I really appreciate to see the world you built and the crazy choice you sometimes do ^^. It is a breath of fresh air bubbly you serve us every day !