Top 6 Best Israeli Restaurants in London
While in London, you’ll see there is no shortage of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants on offer throughout the city. Most of these are fusion kitchens, embracing the cuisines traditions from Lebanon through Greece, Turkey through Morocco and many, many more.
Israel’s proximity to both the Middle East and the Med have crafted a cuisine of immense appeal. There are a few places in London in which to experience it.
Bala Baya in London
Bala Baya is the best and most authentic Israeli food experience available in London. It’s ion the heart of the city, near the Waterloo station and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The restaurant spans two levels and was meticulously designed by the best in the business to look like something right out of Tel Aviv.
Everything on Bala Baya’s menu is served with the concept of sharing in mind. So expect small plates of tapas-style food, and experiment with different dishes between you & your guests.
You will need a reservation, and you will need to be prepared to splurge. The plates aren’t cheap and the bill racks up quite quickly.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 3pm // 5pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union St, London SE1 0LR, United Kingdom
TRAIN STATION: Southwark
Hummus Bar in London
Not only is Hummus Bar a fantastic spot for Israeli food in London, it’s also completely kosher! In fact, most of the restaurants on this street in Golders Green are; something to note for anyone who has this prerequisite.
Both meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans thrive in the Hummus Bar. The staff and kitchen are also well trained when it comes to allergies and will go out of their way to provide safe dining to everyone, especially Celiacs.
No matter what you order as a main, try to get at least one plate of their hummus for the table to share. Israeli hummus is a real treat.
OPENING HOURS: SUNDAY TO THURSDAY — 12PM TO 10:30PM
ADDRESS: 82 GOLDERS GREEN RD, GOLDERS GREEN, LONDON NW11 8LN, UNITED KINGDOM
TRAIN STATION: GOLDERS GREEN
Florentin in London
Florentin is just a few steps from the Hummus Bar, but the dining experience is completely different.
This is a very casual setting that opens very early and closes very late. One can have Israeli food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at very reasonably prices, decent potions and excellent flavors. Their shakshuka is particularly worth mentioning!
They have a special vegan breakfast so that all diners are catered for at all times of the day. I also believe the entire menu at Florentin is kosher, but I would recommend double checking with your server if this is of great importance to you.
It’s not uncommon for Florentin to be full at dinner time, especially in the evenings. If this happens when you arrive, there is a really great Turkish spot just across the road. It’s not Israeli, but it’s good.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 7:30am to 12am
ADDRESS: 85 Golders Green Rd, Golders Green, London NW11 8EN, United Kingdom
TRAIN STATION: Golders Green
Honey & Co. in London
London has a series of 10 Royal Parks that are scattered across the city. The Regent’s Park is one of them, and on lower right hand corner you’ll find Honey & Co.
This sweet little Middle Eastern embraces a lot more Israeli food than not. They also open early morning, and close after dinner, so you can enjoy Israeli influenced breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
It is a very small space and is run by a husband and wife who have made this restaurant their life’s work. They also specialize in baked goods, so this is where you want to eat lightly during your mains so that there is space to properly experience the desserts at the end.
The cheesecake is quite mind blowing, to put it simply. Don’t even think about ordering one to share between two, or worse —three. You’ll see the worst of one another come out when you all realize this was a great error in judgment. Get your own.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday — 8am to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: 25 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5LZ, United Kingdom
TRAIN STATION: Warren Street
Delamina Marylebone in London
Nestled between Regent’s Park and Hyde Park, Delamina is a health-conscious Israeli restaurant spanning two impressive floors. The space itself is something to be appreciated; one side being light, bright and airy while the other being intimate, moody and romantic.
Everything on the menu has been rethought to be as healthy oriented as possible. Oils removed, fats reduced, no added sugars etc.
The portions are carefully designed so that one can make the most of the full menu. A meal consisting of a starter, a main and a dessert is recommended. They are well known for having incredible vegetarian options, many of which can easily be adjusted to be vegan upon request.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 2:45pm // 5:30pm to 9:45pm
ADDRESS: 56-58 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, London W1U 2NX, United Kingdom
TRAIN STATION: Bond Street
The Palomar in London
The Palomar is a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant near Covent Garden with strong Israeli influence throughout the menu.
It’s considered “new age” dining, and the traditional dishes have been redefined with modern twists. The response has been phenomenal, and I was rejected at the door the first time I tried to eat here on a Tuesday evening. They get full very early on; either make a reservation or come the minute they open.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 2:30pm // 5:30pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: 34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN, United Kingdom
TRAIN STATION: Piccadilly Circus
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