Haya | Tel Aviv comes to Notting Hill
This September, Notting Hill’s Middle Eastern dining scene is having new life breathed into it.
Haya – which means ‘life’ in Hebrew – is the debut restaurant from founder Victoria Paltina (it’s also her middle name), who has spent a great deal of her life visiting Tel Aviv and falling in love with its food scene. So, as well as bringing her own Cordon Bleu training to bear, she’s also hired Tel Aviv native Oren King to be her head chef – and given that his most recent jobs were at ROKA and Dinner by Heston, he’s not a terrible choice, either.
For dinner, he’ll be cooking up dishes like za’atar duck breast with freekeh risotto; some seared tuna with dukkah and homemade labneh; and crispy prawns with spicy yoghurt and harissa. At brunch you’ll find lighter numbers like a simple shakshuka, some burrata with loquat compote; spiced lamb cutlets with honey yoghurt; and fried polenta cakes topped with shaved parmesan and fried quail eggs.
The design’s all being put together by design house A-nrd, who’re also responsible for such ocular feasts as Casa Do Frango, Kudu, Darjeeling Express, and Señor Ceviche. Here, they’ll be installing floor-to-ceiling timber sash windows, warm oak flooring, textured concrete walls, and a lush, plant-laden green ceiling.
Sounds like it’ll have a lot of haya.
NOTE: Haya is due to open in September. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at their Insta right HERE.
Haya | 184A Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES
Like Israeli food? Get thee to The Palomar.