Permanently Closed - Tabun Kitchen

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£26 to £40
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This restaurant is permanently closed. London is a food metropolis but, for us, it was missing one small thing: the warmth, hospitality, and delicious taste of authentic Palestinian cuisine. . The story of Palestinian food and cuisine is the story of family, friends, abundance and hospitality. Our food showcases light, healthy dishes and a curated wine and cocktail list that bring a modern slant to a truly delicious and ancient cuisine.
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4.3
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3.6
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3.9
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RachelM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, fresh and delicious food, nice design with cosy booths. Menu recommended ordering three or four dishes per person but we ordered two each and we stuffed, so pretty good value for money. Would recommend.

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DebbieC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Our first time here. I have to say the food was excellent but the service really let it down. The restaurant was very quiet and we felt the staff were using this as an excuse to be lazy.
I had to chase up our drinks order and when I asked for a glass of water towards the end of our meal it never came.
As I said though, the food was very good, the Fatet Jaj Chicken is outstanding. For the food I would probably give Tabun another go.

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DerekM
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were disappointed that they didn’t have any Taybah beer which we wanted to try. The waiter said they never have it. The service was poor with one of our dishes missing, which I had to ask the manager for. The waiter spilt oil when he was clearing and knocked my glasses on the floor. He was polite but poorly trained. One of the specialty of the house wasn’t on and we were informed when we ordered it. Overall not a great experience. My family have Palestinian connections so I wanted to take them to a Palestinian restaurant. The owners weren’t there and the manager was Brazilian and the waiter Sicilian. We probably won’t return

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JoeM
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food and atmosphere were excellent. However, the slow service let the restaurant down.

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Tinuviel
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious halal food. Would recommend everything. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu which we appreciated. Only downside was that the lady at the counter didn’t want to let us use our tastecard however I had to tell her that I mentioned it on booking and then the discount from tastecard was applied. This just marred the experience. She mentioned that they need 24 hour notice to use the tastecard so take note if you intend to use one. However it’s not written or stated anywhere on their tastecard conditions.
I would still highly recommend this venue. Wonderful food. Loved to try something new as it’s Palestinian food.

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annies
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

In the evening we booked the restaurant was having some problems in our the kitchen so we could have what was on Thursday he menu. We were only given 2 pieces of bread which cost over £3.00!!! Had to ask for more. Overall I food the experience very disappointing.

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Reb363
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a birthday dinner and had a fantastic night. Delicious food, wine, service. Informal and easy going. We loved it and have been recommending it ever since.

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Isobelle
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely Palestinian food using ingredients from the region where feasible. The three types of Manaeesh (Palestinian pizza) are all great. Very fresh tasting Tabbouleh. Delicious Fatet Jaj chicken.

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Julia
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice and reasonable priced restaurant in soho. Tasty, healthy meals with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Very cosy ambience downstairs and helpful waiters. I have been here both for lunch and dinner and had a got experiencie both times.

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SheilaR
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great tasty food and now they seem to have got their act together on service, which was excellent - I went last autumn and they were shambolic, nice to see huge improvement! Very friendly too, a lovely evening.

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Squidia
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My second time at the Tabun Kitchen. Yummy food and very nice service. Portions are small but filling. Wine list is concise with a very good selection.

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KentReviewer
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, reasonably priced and friendly staff. I've been twice and it gets better each time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food tremendously. Highly recommended

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was really good. But there was no main option in the Jerusalem feast for vegans. And they told me something was vegan when it had cheese on it.

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FrancescaW
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the small plates were perfect for sharing. The waiters were all so friendly and helpful and really added to the overall experience. The ful mudammas were delicious!

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Bec7
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff and great deal with the tastecard!!!

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lovefood
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are definite draws - mezzes with twists and soulful mains. Service was attentive. Highly recommend getting the fest for two set menu. We came with two young kids and they enjoyed everything.

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MsSehls
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place! I was in Palestine last summer, and from the food felt like I was back in Bethlehem. All the waiters were lovely and attentive, and the food was amazing (get the Knafeh!). Will definitely be back very soon to introduce some other friends to Palestinian cuisine.

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saraht
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service. although at times waiters would come over too often and break up conversation. Food was incredible though and I would highly recommend it!

AW
vipAviW8
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice simple cafe doing pretty authentic food. V friendly.

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RA77
London
21 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was halal, delicious and is highly recommended. Slightly on the expensive side with a coca cola costing approx. £3.50!
Also be aware that £5 is automatically added to your bill for a meal for 2 (£2 service charge each & £1 donation to a worthwhile charity).

The electronic ordering system went down while we were dining and instead of reverting to a manual paper system the staff kept us waiting without an explanation despite us requesting the bill 3 times.

However, these things happen and it certainly did not detract from our experience of fine Palestinian food!

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MarcoCortez
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and cosy restaurant. The Brazilian manager was extremelly friendly and made a big difference accommodating our need not to be sitting next to other people for a quiter meal. Only suggestion is to have bigger portions overall as they are quite small, particularly the starters.

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Simon
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great bite size middle eastern food. Portions could be bigger IMO as we were dining with 3 but the food is so tasty and will be back soon. Great cause too and great PALESTINIAN restaurant.

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SharnaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went here for a pre-theatre meal. The menu is pretty east to use and a really good range of traditional dishes. Some parts are really reasonable, but then others just seem expensive (£5 for a tiny portion of humus or £3 for 2 small pieces of bread). The cooked dishes are lovely and we tried a good mix based on their recommendations.
Be warned, Arabic liquor is Sambuca! Such a disappointment as this wasn't made clear in the cocktail menu and I was still charged for something I sent straight back.

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InesN
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In one word? Delicious! Thank you for sharing your culture through these meals. Such an amazing place! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service! We loved it!

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Squidia
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I had the set menu, along with a lovely bottle of wine. Food was absolutely delicious, and I want to return very soon !

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silvian
London
25 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This place offer some great choices in what I call 'female-friendly' eating as I personally find things like burgers, pizza, burritos just too stodgy, messy, beige, drippy to enjoy. Tabun's cuisine is vibrant, healthy and delicious. Kept me feeling full for the entire afternoon in the office. The only thing I'd say is that our dishes didn't arrive at the same time and at times, we had multiple members of the staff ask us if we needed anything in a short succession, so seemed a bit chaotic, but only at moments.

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Edwina
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went as part of the £29 deal and so the choice of what we were eating was very limited. The menu presented was very carb heavy and the mains were served warm, not hot as you would expect. Sense that the majority of the food served came out of the microwave.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very glad we had the Time Out voucher for 2. Wouldn't have paid £40 let alone £70. The food was tasty but I felt like we didn't get the 'unlimited' side of the voucher like it stated. Our mains were also left waiting in the kitchen until the manger saw us waiting. Bought both ours and the table next to us out and we're pretty much cold. Food was really tasty but lacked in everything else. The waiters were stressed, wasn't the relaxed environment it could have been.

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KB31
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely place - a discovery via Time Out! Good value for money and the staff were all helpful and friendly. Our mains took a little longer than anticipated to arrive, but they were so good when we got them that we didn't mind at all! Great wine selection too which is always important!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were seated and offered tap water which was a positive. We had a voucher which meant we could have prosecco, so we had that which was good.

The starters was ok, but I was under the impression the hummus was bottomless but we weren’t offered a top up which was disappointing as it was very nice.

The lamb flatbread was nice, but we were served the wrong mains (ordered one chicken and one lamb dish, but got one lamb and one veg). The rice we had was rather oily. I’m not sure if that is normal for Palestinian food, but it didn’t sit too well so not sure we’d be heading back soon unfortunately.

The staff were nice and the restaurant was modern and had a nice decor.

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Melissa
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really nice food. Traditional plates are definitely full meal size.

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NikitaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was fantastic however service was poor and slow. We were offered a 4 person table for 6 of us despite booking in advance. They forgot to bring items we had ordered until we asked about 3 times.

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AmaraA
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Booked Tabun for a group of friends. The manager was very hospitable and allowed us to wait while the others arrived. Some friends were an hour late but the staff were very pleasant and offered drinks and humous. We were allowed to bring our own cake as we were celebrating a friend's engagement.
Food was authentic and delicious. Only problems I noted was that only the manager was allowed to take food orders and that starters took a while to arrive but other than that it was an amazing experience. We received another table's food and was allowed to keep it free of charge. In total we stayed over 3.5 hours and were not hurried to leave. Would recommend.

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NadineD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible, waited forever to order and then waitress mixed up order so we had to wait even longer to get our food. It seems they have new staff and only one person knows what they're doing.

Bread was hard and terrible rather than hot and fresh out of the oven. Food was a western take on palestinian food. Fattoush had no crispy fried bread in it (is that not the best part of that salad?!) Makloubeh is served without yogurt or salad. Small portions, high prices.

If like myself you are Arab or have lived in a Palestine, lower your expectations.

I was really looking forward to coming here, and left very disappointed. The only good thing was the wine.

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vipRin7
London
62 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Can't fault the food. Everything we ordered was delicious and served promptly. However the restaurant is severely understaffed. There seemed to be only one very harried waitress. Our drinks did not arrive until we were midway through our mains. Even tap water could not be brought to our table until we were partway through our food.

MB
vipMBLON
London
51 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Tabun is nice, but a bit patchy. The room is overlit, the service is well meaning and always friendly, but often a bit amateur. Some dishes use Middle Eastern spices well and are imaginative, but portions are often on the small side. Bread can be very hit-and-miss, often a bit stale. Overall, I would say Tabun is fine for a casual lunch, but is too inconsistent for dinner.

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Allan1234
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent & you never had to wait long for your food. The venue itself is very small . The service was a bit slow due to them being fully booked & training new staff . Other than that a very pleasant experience. The lamb is superb.

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Fdola
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, service was a bit slow but quality of food, ambience and friendliness of the servers more than made up for it,highly recommended!

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Permanently Closed - Tabun Kitchen is rated 4 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.