Sarona | Clerkenwell Restaurant
Mixing up Middle Eastern cuisine.
It’s a good way of keeping it re…Levant.
And Sarona – a vibrant, tangerine-canopied spot in Clerkenwell – is doing just that with their fresh take on the stuff, inspired particularly by the street food of Tel Aviv. Named after one of the city’s busiest neighbourhoods, it’s an intimate-feeling space, with painted brick walls, low-slung industrial lighting, and a double-height, skylit dining room at the back, dotted with romantic banquettes set into nooks in the wall.
Middle Eastern mezze was around long before the fashion for sharing plates, so there’s a well-balanced menu of large and small plates to mix and match, with influences plucked from Greece, Morocco, Israel and beyond. Put together by (the suitably named) Aviv Lavi, who’s manned pans around the world, the starters are a smorgasbord of fresh beetroot, orange and heritage tomato salads topped with Palestinian and feta cheese; hot, doughy puffs of freshly baked pita; and tangy labneh topped with spinach and pine-nuts, with smooth slicks of tahini-rich hummus underlying almost every plate. Scaling up, there’s fragrant chargrilled cauliflower; seabass with kalamata olives and tomato; and smoky prawn kebabs with harissa mayo – before finishing off with a flavoursome tahini ice cream for dessert.
And the central bar that dominates the space isn’t just there for show – here, they’re serving up classic cocktails (try the Turkish Espresso Martini), wines from Israeli growers Ella Valley; and a clutch of Lebanese and Israeli craft beer – a movement that’s just beginning to take off there.
Better hop to it, then.
NOTE: Sarona is open weekdays, 10am-8pm. You can find out more and book a table HERE.
Sarona | 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN
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