Honey & Co is a sweet little cafe-style Middle Eastern spot in Fitzrovia…
…that’s guaranteed to leave you buzzing.
It’s the brainchild of husband and wife team Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, who together – along with pasta rolling on the beach, and making cookies in a disused chicken coop – have worked as Head and Executive chef at both Ottolenghi and NOPI (two big ol’ rocks in the crown of London’s Middle Eastern food scene).
Deciding to set up alone, they bagged themselves a space on Warren Street, and the rest is… well, below:
There must be ten two-seater cafe tables at most, lined with wooden chairs on one side, and easy-to-wipe blue booths on the other. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Moorish tiles and shelves lined with multi-coloured pickles, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for any stripped-back British caff. There’s a light wooden bar at the back, lined with cakes, which you can take away at any time of the day alongside a coffee or a tea; and the table dressing goes as far as a paper napkin and some basic cutlery. Although it’s all part of the charm.
There’s no pretension here. The focus is very much on the food – homely Middle Eastern cooking – and with that, everyone’s welcome.
The menu changes seasonally, however you can guarantee it will star a number of mezze dishes, designed for sharing. Yemeni-style falafel with cucumber salad and tahini; flat white peach and goats cheese salad with almonds and orange blossom dressing; and tomato and pomegranate tabbouleh with fresh herbs, chilli and cracked wheat are just a few of the types of dishes you might find. They also have a variety of larger plates to choose from: slow-cooked lamb shoulder with burnt pitta, pomegranate and amba (a traditional Middle Eastern condiment with pickled mango); or roasted mauve aubergine with a BBQ tahini crust, jewelled rice salad and lime.
The creativity doesn’t stop at the food either. The cocktails are also designed seasonally, and guaranteed to offer up something intriguing: an apple and tarragon gin & tonic for instance, or whisky with bitter orange and ginger. There’s also bubbles, whites, rosé, chilled reds, and reds. Otherwise you can opt for a bottle from one of their ‘One Off Cases’ – a selection of premium, top-shelf wines, and when they’re gone they’re gone.
You can finish it off alongside a slice of one of the freshly-baked cakes you’ve been eyeing up on the counter, or a thick slice of cheesecake, drizzled in raw Essex honey…
…seriously, you won’t be able to leave without giving the chef a hive five.
NOTE: Honey & Co is open Monday-Friday, 8am-10.30pm; Saturday 9.30am-10.30pm. For more information, or to book a table, you can visit their website here.
Honey & Co | 25 Warren Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 5LZ
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