In a nutshell: Levantine in Shoreditch
Summing it all up: The people behind Hovarda in Soho are opening a new restaurant in Shoreditch that's all about Levantine cooking over fire. It'll have a deli onsite too.
Appearing somewhat out of the blue is a brand new restaurant for Shoreditch coming from Hus Vedat and the people behind the Soho's Hovarda and the now-closed Yosma (which was supposed to be coming back in another guise - this may be it). It's part of a new development on Great Eastern Street.
Barboun is a Levantine restaurant (the name means red mullet in Turkish) with an emphasis on cooking over smoke and fire. The menu includes:
- Taramasalata with bottarga
- Smoked aubergine with burnt tomato and almond
- Beetroot fritters with whipped garlic feta, sundried aubergine dolma stuffed with sour cherry, bulgar
- Garlic yoghurt and London halloumi with apricots and walnut.
- Grilled wild sea bass with fermented yoghurt tarhana
- Hay smoked short rib with a variety of condiments, pickles and lavash
- Monkfish with zhoug
- Long bone tomahawk steak marinated in Anatolian spices
In charge of the kitchen is chef Fezile Ozalgan and as well as being an all-day restaurant open from breakfast, they'll have a grab and go deli attached. That'll feature jams, olives, cheeses, cold, simit, honeycomb, clotted cream and yoghurts. Shakshuka and a Levantine-style cooked breakfast will kick off the day.
Photos by Eren Sarigul
More about Barboun
Where is it? 61-67 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3HU
When does it open? 2 December 2019
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