We don't get this anywhere in the U.S. This was just eye-openingly delicious. We came for breakfast and were so impressed by the wonderful flavors of cardamon, pistachios, fresh tahini, sweet sundried tomatoes...
- sticky pistachio pastry
- sundried tomato tart
- cold cheesecake (sorry, NYC's Juniors, this is now my fave)
- yogurt with fruit and cereal
We arrived early around 8:15 and were promptly seated and served - no line.
Went to a birthday party here where the whole restaurant was booked (not too difficult as the place only holds approx 20-25 people) its a quaint little place with a little bar at the back.
The girls serving were all really good and friendly, the food came out well and they managed to make sure that every one got their pre-ordered meal! Drinks were kept well topped up through out the night.
The food was all good a selection of starters to share that included bread with oil, falafels, pickled carrot (my favourite), melon and feta, aubergines and humus to name a few. A small criticism might be that there was actually too many starters as I strugged to get through my whole main (dont normally complain about too much food but felt it just ruined my main that I would have liked to have finished)
I had the lamb Shawarma, can't remember if I have had this meal anywhere else but it was good!! Well seasoned and a decent portion (if I had less starters!) Of the other 4 mains on offer one other was lamb and there was a fish dish and a beef selection. All were well received although I heard mixed reviews on the fish. I managed to get a few mouthfuls of the beef which was good but would have seen me a little bit bored of eating the same thing if I had chosen it.
So it all seems good! ! Why not 4 *??? Just a few minor things: The AC was broken and packed out the place got very warm.
There is only one shared toilet which with 25 people sharing it required some strategic planning to not end up quing for too long.
Lastly you can see into the kitchen from the bathroom area, its not unhygienic and I appreciate its a working kitchen but I would have liked to seen it a bit cleaner and tidy.
It seemed a litrle pricey but we did a split bill and I cant be sure that bsome people ordered more drinks, so I would definitely eat here again if I was in the area.
Small, friendly, almost neighbourhood restaurant, and it's excellent. Really, quite excellent.
I've been twice now, it's great to go with friends - excellent atmosphere, and had an early dinner both times. The mezze platter is the way to go, and it changes seasonally, as it should! As of last weekend there is a wonderful feta and watermelon combination! Wine list is simple and solid, the house white pairs well with most everything, though I couldn't help thinking how great a cold/salty/petrol-ly retsina would be too. There's a fantastic chilled red desert wine that's well worth trying if you get round to it!
The mains rotate with seasons - I had an exceptionally tender grilled ox tongue back in May, which was sadly not there when i returned, but there's a solid shawarma, and grilled pomegranate molasses chicken that turned out to be rather great alternatives. They're not the biggest mains, but after grazing on the mezze with lots of time for idle banter, you'll be sufficiently suffonsified...
But don't let that stop you trying the desserts - the standout among them is the cold cheesecake. A not too sweet, not too rich, and (probably) ricotta based dessert with a fried Kadalf pastry (think crispy baklava) base covered with honey and pistachios. A wonderful way to finish the meal.
It's in a quiet location, on a part of Warren street not really near too much else. I would book, and then eagerly wait in anticipation of a great meal. Go with friends, you won't be disappointed.
This is a cracking little place to visit. I work at Pall Mall Barbers around the corner from them and try to pop in her for breakfast. They do a salted milk bun with jam, (posh jam on toast) that tastes great. The orange juice is freshly squeezed and the coffee tastes great to. I personally live to go somewhere with a bit of character like this rather than a Pret or Costa where your just a number.
Came here for "brunch" at 12:30 but the breakfast menu stops at around 11:30, so ended up having a very nice lunch instead. For a starter, I got a tomato and aubergine salad, which was quite refreshing and came with a yogurt type of sauce. Then as a main, I got grilled sea bream, which was served with vegetables and beans, kinda the type that you would eat as a seafood lunch at a beach town, except that we were really indoors in a Mediterranean restaurant in London. It was apparently new on the menu, but very high quality food.
However, the settings were a bit less than ideal... I booked ahead of time by emailing the restaurant, and they responded promptly and I got the reservation without a problem. Btu the restaurant is really cramped and I was with a guy that was 6'4" and he was clearly uncomfortable with the lack of leg room at a 2-person table. It was also necessary to move tables just so that I could get into my seat, to give you an idea of how little room there is. So definitely keep that in mind... would be very difficult to come in big groups and with anyone that is not a very good friend or family!
This place was absolutely fantastic, and everybody knows it - they were packed at 230 pm on a Monday! It's quite a small restaurant so be prepared to wait, and know that it'll be worth it. We sat at barstools in the window - the only seats left in the place! Everything on the menu looked fantastic and we waited eagerly. Service was friendly but a bit slow (small kitchen I expect), the one thing we weren't keen on was we were asked to keep our water bottle on the floor - I guess having it in the window would not be a nice aesthetic for the passersby? Come on, relax.
They have a set lunch menu, I forget the price - £15 maybe? It was only a few pounds more than a lunch entree so if you are hungry and want to try more things, it's absolutely worth it. If you do the set menu, everyone has to do it in your party. With the set menu you get mezze for the table and then everyone picks an entree. The mezze were amazing - pickled carrots, gorgeous creamy hummus, pistachio cherry tabbouli, little cheesy pastry things, kalamata olives, pitta bread, and surely something else I'm forgetting but trust me when I say it was all fantastic. Such a treat! We scraped the bowls clean. Everything was not only very fresh and clearly homemade with love, but unique. Even the hummus was superior to the ordinary sort. Nothing we had was just average food that you could get at any Mediterranean place. It was all very inspired, creative, divine.
For my entree, I got the sea bream and artichoke tagine in preserved lemon sauce with couscous. So unique! The fish was flaky and delicate, the sauce tart and rich. I tried some of the lamb shwarma which was outstanding (reminiscent of pulled pork - pulled lamb!?) and the meat hummus was also delightful. My parents had fresh lemonade and elderflower iced tea and said the drinks were just perfect.
I would recommend that anybody come here in a heartbeat. I don't think you'll find anything else like it in town!
Amazing food and drinks highly recommended. We had the lunch time set menu and found it to be alot of food (and im pregnant) thought it was reasonable for 15. Lovely iced teas and cakes are amazing! Lemon drizzle is my favourite. They also have outside seating so if you love people watching like me it's the perfect place. Its very small inside max 10 tables so book in advance!!
Mediterranean prawns and the lamb shawarma were delicious.
I was thrilled to finally eat at to Honey and Co, a charming Middle Eastern inspired cafe run by Israeli husband and wife chef team. It didn't disappoint at all food wise. It was delicious. The best value meal would be to opt for the set menu, although we didn't go that route sharing a starter, 2 mains and a dessert.
The hands down favourite of the evening was the brisket dumpling main course. I'm not sure exactly what was in it but it was a sort of salt beef ravioli if you will, in a creamy sauce with currents. Whatever it was, it was absolutely delicious - amazing, well balanced and scrummy, unique flavours.
As well as delicious food, the staff were also really helpful. I felt I was at really friendly family owned restaurant, and I can't wait to come back and try breakfast.
Decor wise, it's quite small and simple - more of a cafe. The emphasis is on the food and service, rather than style. Tables are tightly packed next to other tables. It was a little bit difficult to get into my seat as it's quite crammed at dinner time - so do book. They offer you either the 6pm or 8pm sitting, as it's quite a cosy restaurant and they've limited capacity. I have to admit, dinner service prices are a bit high for a cafe experience but if you love Middle Eastern flavours definitely worth checking it out.
Place has an amazing atmosphere. Food was great, if even a bit too pricey.
My main reservation would be the waiting time- the place is tiny, and so you can expect to wait quite a bit to be seated.
Was interested having some good old Med food so ventured in with Honey & Co, which came from a recommendation by Jay Rayner of the Guardian.
Started the lunch with a plum juice, which was very refreshing. For starters, I ordered the chicken liver baklava with grape molasses. Quite an innovative mix of a pate-type paste with the sweetness of the baklava. My initial surprise of the amalgamation of flavours, gave way for an excessive sweetness in my mouth and I had leave the dish midway. My girlfriend ordered the Jerusalem-styled falafel, which was quite average; a surprise as you'd expect Honey & Co. to get the basics right.
For the main course, I ordered the Mushahan, which is a slow-cooked chicken baked on flat bread. This was the saving grace for the lunch as the pomegranate and currants really added an interesting twist to it.
I won't be going back in a hurry but go there for an exotic take on traditional dishes and great service.
I guess it's time to update my review about Honey & Co and up my rating from 4 to 5 stars! Why? - They've delivered a more than solid performance over the last year and every time I come back, I get surprised yet again by their amazing food offerings.
Just this morning I paid Honey & Co a visit and I was - as usual - greeted with a bright smile by Rachel: "Hi Uli! How are you?" Now, this is what I call amazing atmosphere and great "customer retention": there's only a handful shops in London, where people greet me with my name...but this is he most important reason for me to come back.
Now, as I mentioned above, the food here at Honey & Co is also fantastic and I've yet have to eat something I didn't like. This morning, for example, I ate a lahme (some kind of Israeli breakfast pizza) accompanied by cardamom coffee. None of these I picked myself, but were recommended to me by Rachel: I simply don't like making decisions, so I am always happy for suggestions.
All in all: both thumbs up! I love coming here!
Note: it's almost impossible to make spontaneous dinner reservations and also the lunch spots are filling up way too quickly these days. I highly recommend swinging by for a delicious breakfast, though, as it is still quite peaceful and you will be able to read a newspaper or engage in a little chitchat with the staff.
this place had built a real following since opening last year. they've generated a real buzz with their marketing so we were excited to try it out.
booked for saturday lunch, table was ready when we arrived. it's definitely pot-luck on who your neighbours will be, hopefully you won't get the "let's talk so loud about ourselves" types that ruin so many london restaurants. the reason I say this is that the tables are pretty damn close to eachother. they could probably lose 1 or 2 to make it more comfortable.
food and service were both excellent. we had the meze selection and the lamb and beef mains. great flavours. and exceedingly full afterwards. would like to have tried the baked tomatoes and halloumi...looked superb. house red was ok, when will UK restaurants learn to make the house wine decent?!? I might also add that the serving of pitta bread was far too small. bit cheap on that front.
decor wise its pretty basic, in fact why don't they put some more plants and colour into it like the washroom area? because there is no space!
i've sounded pretty negative but we did really enjoy it. i suppose we just expected a bit more. def worth trying out.
Om nom nom!
I was brought here by a friend who had clearly been here before (so much so that he knows the wait staff). We sat down and caught up because I hadn't seen him in so long. Anyway, I'm not a huge connoisseur of Middle Eastern food, and I didn't understand a thing on the menu, but HOT DAMN was it good.
We had a couple of amazing starters (Hummus and pita breads) and the Plum Tea (mine had these rose-like petals in it) was delightful, albeit a little dent was made in my masculinity for drinking tea with flowers in it.
We shared a main course of pulled lamb and on pita bread. And probably the best pulled lamb I've had... well, ever.
I'd say, go. It's totally worth it.
Our group of seven was ravenous when we arrived at tiny Honey & Co. Thankfully, they were ready for us!
The set dinner menu (£26.5/per person) took the guesswork out of our evening meal. It's a great way to go if you've got a group. You'll get a selection of bread with olive oil, homemade pickles and kalamata olives and a bunch of mezzes to shares like hot tomatoes with Manouri cheese and mint, hummus, falafel, lebeneh and watermelon and feta salad. And then everyone gets to pick their own main.
I'd definitely recommend the lamb shawarma as a main. The meat was crazy tender and I enjoyed the elevated and deconstructed presentation (lamb in its own little pot with plenty of yogurt and pomegranate seeds on top, toasted pita in the middle, cabbage and tomates in a small bowl on the other side). And I wasn't the only one who enjoyed it, my colleagues enthusiastically dug into my plate too!
If you're in the mood for a fresh take on food from the Middle East, you can't go wrong at homey Honey & Co.!
Absolutely loved Honey & Co. Yes its small and cramped but the quality, tasty food more than makes up for the lack of space. We didn't choose the mixed mezze platter which was a regret ( will we will back) as it looked amazing. However our starters of falafel and fattoush were delicious. Fresh, tasty and full of flavour. Mains were Greek Orzo and Shish Brick Lamb. Again, the combination of flavours were superb. Huge fan of middle eastern cuisine and this was up there with the best of the best.
Honey & Co bills itself as "food from the Middle East" but it's not your typical Middle Eastern Restaurant. This wonderful little cafe is more like a go-to breakfast or lunch spot with a Middle Eastern Twist.
I had a breakfast meeting here and was thrilled. There are a few tables in the one-room restaurant and we had one server. The menu was limited (one small piece of paper with some items) but each dish looked fantastic. I ended up going with a breakfast pasty that was filled with potatoes, sour cream and eggs. I thought it might be too much but it turns out that it was light and perfectly filling.
I also got the orange iced tea. Woah. That was the most delicious glass of iced tea I ever had. I'm not normally a fan of the drink, but I would come back here for more of it alone.
Overall, delicious spot and worth a trip to for sure.
Read about this in Time Out last week. I have been there twice since then.
It was started by a few former Ottolenghi chefs, who have brought a similar taste and trendiness to Warren Street. The food is light and healthy with an emphasis on vegetables, and often with a delightful splash of yogurt or feta. The violet aubergine bourek was awesome, as was the special lamb shwarma with pomegranate seeds. The waitstaff are very friendly and accommodating.
Ask for their iced tea of the day - so far have had orange+orange blossom and plum, rose+violet. Would go back in a heartbeat. However, it's very small and only open for lunch so you need a reservation if you're coming at rush hour.
UPDATE: It's now open for dinner, but you still need a reservation as it's EXTREMELY popular!
DING DING DING DING.
That's the bell sounding.
That's the sound of excitement.
The sound of discovery.
The sound of London.
That's the sound of another great place to eat, with authentic ethnic food, in unpretentious surroundings.
Me and the missus met for lunch in a place equidistant from my work and hers. Warren St was that place. My old stomping ground, but how many of the good old places were still there? Not many. But the missus had read about this place and with us both liking a bit of middle eastern we gave it a bash.
Small room. Tables so close that essentially you're sharing. noise bounces off the bare walls and floors making it almost uncomfortably loud. But there's a good buzz emanating from the place and some good smells emanating from the kitchen downstairs. So we wait patiently and are soon rewarded with a tiny table for two.
Busy waitress recommends the mezze to share to start. She sits down for a sec to impart the information with a wink. Formal it ain't. We see that next door has ordered the same (not hard, it's so close you could practically sniff it to your side of the table) and it looks bloody delicious, so we go for it.
What comes are some truly delightful small plates. Carrot rounds marinated in vinegar and cumin. Deep fried cubes of cheese are perfect. A nicely balanced chick pea salad. baba ganoush that tasted of the grill. Proper olives. Freshly done pitta bread which we simply had to have more of. I don't think they charged us for our greed either. What a start. This food is cooked not just with skill, but with love. That you could tell. It couldn't get better could it?
I ordered chicken dumplings in broth as a main and the missus ordered the hummus topped with ground meat.
What arrived was just a delight. The chicken dumplings were sitting in a light clear broth which smelled like only a carefully made, home cooked broth could. And floating on top were some beautiful flowers and green leaves which not only looked wonderfully pretty but tasted damn good to. The whole thing was a picture. A winning spring dish if ever I've had one. I would describe it as memorable, I really would. The hummus was creamy and the minced lamb on top nicely spiced with the usual cinnamon and things and lots of deep red oil to raise the cholesterol and the enjoyment. Not memorable in the way the chicken dumplings were, but totally moreish and satisfying. We wiped each plate clean with the pitta bread that came with the hummus until the plates were ready for the next customers.
The two of us shouted our appreciation to the ever so friendly waitress as the noise levels rose still further with happy eaters blasting away in this great place.
We walked out with the flavours still dancing away in our mouths.
Sorry to be crude but I can't find a better way to say it. This place doesn't fuck around. You come in, you eat proper street food from half way round the world, you leave with your belly full and your wallet only a little lighter. As I wandered back to work I was reminded one again why London is the greatest city in the world.
Tucked away towards the end of Warren St. is some deliciousness. We had a variety of dishes and everything was light, fresh, and fulfilling. They had some interesting twists on traditional dishes and one thing is for sure.we devoured all of it. The restaurant is quite small so reservations are suggested.
The food here is creative. It serves a few middle eastern dishes with a modern twist. The major drawback is their relatively high prices. I had the lamb shawerma which came with a small side of salad for £15.5 which is probably the most expensive shawerma I ever had and heard of. The place is small and cozy which is a plus. I recommend this place if you don't mind the prices.
I love ottolinghi and always complain about having to go all the way to Kensington, Notting Hill, or Islington in order to get good takeout - always envy friends who live or work in these areas
However, when I found out from Yelp newsletter that Honey&Co is a new place with a similar concept and very close to where I live, I was thrilled
1- location- I think starting a business on that almost dead street is genius and you can tell that a place like that was needed from the number of people dominating the place all the time.
2- decor- so cute I love how they display bowls filled with aubergine and courgettes and the variety of cakes on the window
3- food selection- good number of dishes and very tasty
Low point - being from the Middle East I know the traditional way of presenting/ cooking those dishes which is at Honey and Co has nothing to do with the original dishes
It is a great place to go for lunch or desert or mint tea or hummus
And the hostesses are very very friendly
Prices are reasonable too
So I don't often leave a review but given the quality of the food and service I had to leave a comment. Everything we had was amazing from the mez to the chicken to the kefta. Our server Rachel was very knowledgable and friendly. Reminded me a lot of the upper west side brunch spots in NYC that are so hard to find in Europe. Would definitely love to visit again and a definite recommendation for my friends visiting London.
Vastly over rated. The venue was uncomfortably tight but unlike its contemporaries, Flat Iron and Pitt Cue, you're left wondering why you put up with it because it's neither great value or tasty. Seasoning folks - every dish needed more flavour and seasoning. Drinks were lovely. They made bland hummus - how is that possible?? I would say it's more dabbling in Middle Eastern flavours than truly Middle Eastern or even Middle Eastern inspired.
I had a fantastic meal here with a couple of friends recently. The restaurant is small and has a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. The food, all regional dishes, was really tasty and offered good value for money. I will definitely be going back.
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