Oren | Tel-Aviv-Inspired Restaurant In Hackney
After two sell-out residencies – one at Elephant & Castle’s Louie Louie, and the other at Borough Wines in Kensal Rise (the former of which resulted in rave reviews from the likes of Jay Rayner) – chef Oded Oren has decided to go permanent.
He’s taking over what was once Floyd’s on Hackney’s Shacklewell Lane, where, according to his social media accounts, the focus will still be Tel Aviv-inspired sharing plates, crafted ‘using local and sustainable produce’. It’ll be an intimate spot, with room for just 35 – and a real labour of love, since he’s funded the whole place himself.
He’ll be reprising some of his most celebrated dishes, from ox cheek and hummus to cardamom panna cotta with lemon verbena. In between, you’ll also be able to score grilled lamb sweetbreads with za’atar; brill tartare with raw courgette; burnt aubergine with tahini; and Monkfish chraime – a Sephardic Jewish spicy fish stew – served with hand-rolled cous cous. At weekends, there’ll be a brunch menu to rival The Good Egg, too – with ful mudammes (puréed fava beans with tahini) and sweet aubergine-stuffed pita on the roster.
NOTE: Oren will be opening sometime in October on Hackney’s Shacklewell Lane. We’ll be back with the full scoop when it does, but in the meantime you can keep an eye on the website here.
Oren | 89 Shacklewell Lane, Hackney, London, E8 2EB