Fluffy, delicate flatbreads. Silky, burnt butter hummus. Glossy, fried aubergines lavished with date syrup & zhoug.
If you’ve been to Bubala, you’ve had all of these.
And you’ll be extremely happy to hear that they’re opening a second, larger, permanent location in Soho with a whole swathe of all new dishes & drinks.
For anyone who hasn’t been to Bubala, it’s a pop-up-turned-permanent success story involving an all-vegetarian Middle-Eastern menu in Spitalfields. But the fact that it’s vegetarian is neither here nor there, and it’s entirely possible you wouldn’t even notice if you weren’t told, thanks to the parade of inventive & delicious dishes served up by Executive Chef Helen Graham.
For their second swing at greatness, they’re found a spot on Poland Street that comes with an impressive pedigree: until last year, it was home to the legendary Italian restaurant Vasco & Piero’s, and before them it was home to Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (though, to be clear, there were quite a few other tenants in between). It’s got enough space for 50 spice-lusting diners, plus just over half a dozen more at the counter overlooking the open kitchen, where they’re busy installing a fancy new yakitori grill.
Pictured: A CGI version of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s former home
On that yakitori, they’ll be charring all-new dishes like hispi cabbage with mandarin and ras el hanout ponzu, as well as a Yemeni malawach flatbread loaded up with stracciatella, Kalamata olives & smoked aubergine honey. Of course, they’re also playing all the hits from Spitalfields too, including their hunks of pliable fried halloumi bathed in black seed honey, and their absurdly crispy potato latkes with their beautiful, mille-feuilles-like folds.
The drinks menu’s also getting a little upgrade, with homemade seltzers infused with “locally sourced fruits, flowers, spices, herbs and syrups”, plus a few craft beers, a list of all-natural wines, and even a few wines on tap, too.
Ol’ Shelley would probably find a few poems in there.
NOTE: Bubala Soho is set to open this April. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right HERE.
Bubala Soho | 15 Poland Street, W1F 8PR
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