The Palomar

The Palomar

| Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

Hands down one of the best counter dining experience in town, albeit not the quietest one. Expect a Jerusalem-style menu here, with additional influences from Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa through to the Levant. You can grab a table at the back - but try for the full-on counter experience if you can.

Restaurant details

34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN
Nearest tube: 
  • Leicester Square
  • Piccadilly Circus
Telephone number: 020 7439 8777
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Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 4
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on August 08, 2014
"It’s just too mean, I’m afraid. Either up the prices and serve proper amounts, or drop the prices and make genuine “small plates”." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on August 02, 2014
"Then there was a little Kilner jar of polenta, flavoured with chopped mushrooms, truffle oil and parmesan, which was ostensibly a little twee but was just so delicious it didn’t matter. A little bang of bourgeois Michelin heft was just the thing to set off Tomer’s sour-sweet Middle Eastern fireworks." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
Reviewed on July 17, 2014
"We left The Palomar in a giddy manner as the chefs downed shots and banged mixing bowls with whisks to ‘Let the Music Play’ by Shannon. It would have been almost impossible not to." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on July 20, 2014
"This food is the coming together of so much that has difficulty getting together: a recipe can do what an army can’t. Food is always the parable and the prayer for wellness, hope and a better tomorrow." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed by July 13, 2014
"It ain't polite, but if you choose to "get involved", The Palomar has good food for greedy folks with a high tolerance for buzz." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8.5
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on June 28, 2014
"They don't do background music, and they certainly don't do background food; these are dishes that demand to be shared, talked about, Instagrammed and fought over." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on June 04, 2014
"Palomar transported me straight back to the Tel Aviv party scene; now, it seems, the party’s come to London. Jew or Gentile doesn’t matter here, but as well as being prepared to explore modern Sephardic cooking, bring an appetite for fun." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on June 04, 2014
"Altogether, the price is low for such an experience. Is it really a match for Machneyuda? A couple we chatted to who have an apartment in Tel Aviv and know the Israeli restaurant scene thought so and were already planning to come back." READ REVIEW