Honey & Co. is a warm, cosy (and by that I mean small) place on Warren Street serving Middle Eastern delights. If some of the food pairings remind you of Ottolenghi, that would come as no surprise as Sarit Packer was previously pastry chef for Ottolenghi and executive head chef of Nopi. She runs the place together with husband Itamar Srulovich who professes to prefer eating to cooking, and sleeping to both. A man after my own heart. This is Middle Eastern food stripped back, comfort food at its finest set in a very simple whitewashed room, accented by colourful tiles.
The picture below is to emphasise how close we were sitting next to the other table.
We started off our meal with the mezze, a crowd pleaser spread of burnt courgette dip, Bulgarian bean salad, kisir (a Turkish version of tabbouleh made out of ground bulgur wheat), beetroot pickle, kalamata olives and bouikos, with a serving of fresh pitta bread.
The mains were siniya – spiced lamb and cauliflower baked in yoghurt and tahini sauce, and mushahan – slow-cooked chicken in pomegranate and currants baked in flat bread with a parsley and pomegranate salad. The mushahan was by far the favourite of the two, the siniya we found too rich for our liking with its very generous creamy topping of the yoghurt sauce.
Dessert was delicious, a warm pistachio cake with roasted plums and sour cream. The Ottolenghi team do this particularly well, pairing something rich with something bright and unexpected to really bring a dish together. A lovely end to a meal on a particularly warm late summer afternoon.