When you hear the phrase “run by the former head chef at the Palomar” in relation to a new restaurant, it tends to be a good sign. A very good sign.

Exhibit A: Bubala, run by former Palomar head chef Helen Graham. Exhibit B: Nutshell, run by Helen’s successor Jeremy Borrow. Which brings us, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, to Exhibit C: Pascor.

Planted on Kensington High Street, it’s the work of chef Tomer Amedi, the erstwhile kitchen commander at Soho’s best Middle Eastern restaurant. The place has technically been open for about a year and a half now, but the concept wasn’t working, so everything has been completely overhauled – food, drinks, interior, everything, essentially making it a completely different restaurant. Only, with the exact same name and location.

And while the interior has had a bit of a spruce, the shell remains the same – a double hight ceiling that leads up to a mezzanine floor overlooking the open kitchen downstairs, all with plenty of booths and long sharing tables in-between. Thanks to that ceiling, the place feels huge, but you can still find a little intimacy in the booths.


The food is Middle Eastern – shocker, we know – and most of it has spent some time on a open flame, starting with burnt aubergine with black tahini, pine nuts, pickled tomatoes, mint and capers; or some hearty samneh butter scallops paired with a charred leek cream, and some merguez gremolata & lemon balm. Going larger you’ll find a dukkah-spiced Egyptian duck breast salad, and there’s a sizeable charcoaled Wagyu skirt with bone marrow, pomegranate, and watercress chimichurri.

As for the cocktail situation? There’s a Turkish twist on the White Russian, made with Turkish coffee & cardamom-infused vodka; and the astringent Avi Bitter Lemon, apparently named after an Israeli celebrity known for his “sour” expression, and made with ouzo, mint, grapes, and bitter lemon. If you fancy some wine, the chef has gone to the trouble of curating the list there, too. He’s compiled a whole load of Levantine vintages, and made almost all of them available by the glass thanks to the venue’s Coravin machines.

And you know what else has been curated by the chef? The soundtrack. Apparently Tomer Amedi is both a music-lover and a workaholic.


NOTE: Pascor is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at the website right here

Pascor | 221 Kensington High St, W8 6SG

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221 Kensington High St, Kensington, W8 6SG

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