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Honey & Smoke – Middle Eastern Cuisine in the heart of London’s West End

When three of your foodie friends all rave to you about the same ‘great place’ in the space of a month, you know it’s worth checking out. Honey & Smoke on Great Portland Street is the latest offering from the Israeli husband and wife team behind popular Honey & Co in Fitzrovia. The pair previously worked as chefs under Yotam Ottolenghi and have since gone on to forge their own style of bold, flavoursome Middle Eastern cuisine.

Honey and Smoke restaurant front

Honey and Smoke homemade cakes

Honey and Smoke fruit bowl

Unlike the original ‘Honey’ with its intimate cafe like feel, the new Honey and Smoke is spacious, with high ceilings and bold paintwork. The decor could be described as basic, a little like an office canteen, and from the plain frontage outside you might be forgiven for walking straight past. But if you make it inside, a quick glance at the plates streaming out of the open plan kitchen tells you that the food here is anything but ordinary.

Honey and Smoke mezze dishes

Honey and Smoke Chicke Fattah main dishThe menu is packed full of mouth watering mezze dishes, too many to choose from. But for a very reasonable £20 per person you can order the entire mezze selection which is exactly what we did. It was all delicious even down to the moroccan sourdough and pickles. We particularly loved the crispy Falafel and tahini, the tabuleh with apricot pistachio and orange blossom with charred courgettes, and the potato and feta fritters with thyme and raw honey.

Honey and Smoke interior decor

Honey and smoke delicious starters

Unfortunately we ran out of time and room for desert but the homemade cakes in the window looked equally delicious. We will definitely be back again for a slice of their famous feta and honey cheesecake.

Honey & Smoke
216 Great Portland Street
London, W1W 5QW

Thankfully bookings are now being taken as both restaurants are consistently busy. Lunch is served from 12 noon till 4pm Tues-Sat. Dinner is served from 5:30pm Tues-Sat.

Enjoy,

Kate x


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