I love going into central London but since having kids I don’t venture in as often as I’d like to. Pre-kids, wandering around Soho was one of my favourite things to do. It’s got so much character and so many brilliant restaurants. Well it’s not quite the same with a toddler in tow but Little S and his friend who accompanied us to Tabun Kitchen had a great time exploring the streets – in particular watching the diggers on the corner of Berwick Street and Noel Street and trying on hats in a vintage store en route to the restaurant.
Tabun Kitchen is a Palestinian restaurant which aims to “offer a fresh, modern interpretation of traditional Palestinian recipes and also a showcase for some of the best parts of Palestinian culture.”
It was a gorgeously sunny day when we visited Tabun Kitchen, which made the light modern decor look all the better. It’s not a big space but it felt light and airy when we walked in. It’s not always easy visiting small Soho restaurants with kids but the staff made us feel very welcome – even to the extent of dancing for the children’s entertainment. Whether or not this was a traditional Palestinian dance I wouldn’t like to say.
We ordered quickly as is advisable with small children in tow and chose a range of dishes in the hope that there would be enough that the kids would want to eat. We ordered a mini mezze (hummus, aubergine dip and fava bean dip), vegetarian makloubeh (rice and grilled vegetables), akkawi cheese and za’atar Palestinian pizza and an avocado salad. My friend also ordered the musakhan chicken – a sumac roast chicken dish.
The dessert menu looked amazing. I really wanted to order the pomegranate and pistachio meringue with orange blossom whipped cream but the downside of having an early lunch with the kids is that I just wasn’t hungry enough for dessert. So I opted to share some ice cream with my two year old. We shared honey ice cream and strawberry sorbet. And Little S finished every last mouthful.
What’s the vegetarian selection like?
Tabun Kitchen has plenty of brilliant vegetarian – and vegan – choices. Six out of the nine mezze dishes are vegan – and these can be eaten as a starter or if you order several as a main course. Of course hummus and falafel are on the menu but you’ll also find moutabal (smoked aubergines) and ful mudammas (fava beans).
The rest of the menu features a higher proportion of meat and fish dishes but there are several great choices such as the vegetarian makloubeh, a mezze salad and four choices of veggie manaeesh – Palestinian pizzas. There are also some lovely salads.
Is there a children’s menu at Tabun Kitchen?
No, there’s no children’s menu but this is the kind of restaurant where you don’t need it as much of the food is designed to be shared. We cobbled together a great toddler meal composed of dips, salad, breads, rice and veggies.
Is Tabun Kitchen baby friendly?
The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming to the children we had with us. We went at a quiet time for an early lunch and there was plenty of space for the buggy. They had a high chair available. However, there are no baby changing facilities.
Read some of my other restaurant reviews for more kid friendly and vegetarian friendly restaurants in London.
Tabun Kitchen is at 77 Berwick St Soho, London W1F 8TH
Disclaimer: We received a free meal at Tabun Kitchen in return for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.