From the markets of Tel Aviv to the streets of East London, Sarona is a new Middle Eastern restaurant, set to open its first site in the heart of Clerkenwell on 14th May. The eatery and bar draws on the flavours of Tel Aviv, taking staples and classics, and reimagining them with a distinctive East London twist.
The restaurant, on the corner of Clerkenwell Road and St John’s Street, will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday to Friday and will also serve Shabbat brunch on Saturday. The thoughtfully curated menu is based on traditional Yemenite dishes, with strong Ashkenazi and Sephardi influence, and an exciting modern sensibility. Guests can look forward to seasonally changing Tel Aviv inspired delights, such as crispy cauliflower with amba, Hawayej roast lamb shoulder shakshuka, chargrilled schug spiced tuna, the signature Sarona trio of chillies and staples including home-made hummus, chopped grilled aubergine, and more. The breakfast offering includes a number of delicious treats such as Halva twist, Rogelach, cheese Bourekas and more – all baked freshly on-site each morning.
The founders, Dan, Stuart and Andre, were inspired by their love of coming together to break bread and by the food Dan grew up with in Israel, and the new concept reflects that. Everything on the menu is hand made in the Sarona kitchen, and designed with sharing in mind. Small dishes start at £5 and big plates range from £7 to £14. The full menu is available to go, catering to residents, destination diners, and the local workforce.
Alongside the bold and playful dishes, Sarona will offer a number of independently sourced drinks, including Tishbi Israeli wine, and craft beers from Jerusalem favourite Beer Bazaar, all selected to complement the exciting food menu. During the day, Sarona will serve up coffee from its partner, Workshop Coffee, and an extensive range of Newby teas.
The interiors, like the menu, are inspired by the markets of Tel Aviv, with a modern twist; industrial, earthy, buzzing, and stylish. Where the food takes your taste buds, the atmosphere follows.
To celebrate the launch of Sarona, the restaurant will be offering 25% off food and soft drinks until the end of May 2018. To claim your voucher, visit the Sarona website and present the voucher upon arrival.