Middle Eastern food is my all time favourite and if you’re a fan too, then you are going to fall in love with Delicatessen in Hampstead, a phenomenal restaurant on Rosslyn Hill that serves up the most mind blowing dishes inspired by rich, middle eastern culinary culture. The food will feed your soul and you’ll love the warm buzzy atmosphere and superb service. To be honest, there isn’t much not to love about this special little restaurant. Which reminds me, one of my friends is currently in the process of opening a Mediterranean restaurant as a Shawarma Press franchisee. I cannot wait to hear all about it next time I see her. Anyway, let’s dive in…
The man behind the Middle Eastern magic is Israeli-born executive chef, Or Golan, who has worked in some of Tel Aviv’s top restaurants and was also Yotam Ottolenghi’s head chef for quite some time when he moved to London.
The menu is inspired by Chef Golan’s roots – a mix of Moroccan, Lebanese and Jewish cuisine. The vibrant dishes are all kosher and are designed to share in true Middle Eastern fashion. We kicked off with a glass of crisp Israeli white wine and a stunning selection of flavoursome and creative mezze sharing plates.
To start, we dove into a bowl of thick and creamy hummus served with whole chickpeas (masabacha style) with tahini and harissa for a flavourful kick. I was in hummus heaven…
And for meat lovers, a bowl of hummus topped with confit lamb and crackling served with warm, pillowy pita bread.
We also devoured expertly sliced beef carpaccio with a fragrant truffle and artichoke salsa.
As well as a stunning dish of sea bass carpaccio sprinkled with fresh herbs and nuts for a crunchy texture.
The slow cooked, pulled salt beef schnitzel is rich and decadent – a must try during your visit to Delicatessen…
Vegetarians will also love the creative and delicious dishes on offer including this soft, creamy tanned aubergine served in a huge saucepan.
And one of my favourite dishes – this gorgeous golden cauliflower topped with tahini and smoked chilli. There are some seriously bold flavours within all of the dishes and I love that the Delicatessen team don’t shy away from adding spices and experimenting with different toppings to really pack a punch in all of the dishes.
The mezze is all divine, served alongside a special Yemenite Kubaneh – a pull apart yeast bread that I’ve never had before, but will rush to go back and eat again! You can easily go to Delicatessen and dine out on the mezze alone but they also have some dynamic mains that you will definitely want to try too.
The Moroccan chicken meatballs are rich, hearty and filling, served in a silver dish with fresh Jerusalem artichokes, chunky lemon, basmati rice and chickpeas.
I loved the Chicken Shawarma, served piled high on seared laffa bread with sumac onions.
My favourite main is the seared duck breast – lean, tender pieces of duck served with celeriac puree and heritage carrots.
The real showstopper though is a meat-lovers dream. A ginormous platter filled to the brim with chicken thighs, lamb chops, sausages, rib eye steak, roasted bone marrow. Not a tray for the faint hearted, that’s for sure and the perfect main to share between four-five people. With the £75 price tag, you’re going to want to find some mates to devour it all.
At this point, you’re probably ready to roll on home, but be sure to save a smidge of room for desserts as the sweet treats are just as innovative as the mezze and mains!
For £40, you can indulge in the Delicatessen mixed dessert platter, where you get four different desserts to share. Warm churros served hot with cinnamon sugar drizzled in chocolate sauce; Traditional Malabi with passion fruit, rose petals coconut and nut brittle that will send your taste buds in to over drive…
And this light, fluffy Basbousa cake made with polenta and served with tahini semifreddo, mint jelly and raspberry and lemon coulis. It’s the BEST way to cap off a memorable dinner.
If you are a huge fan of Middle Eastern cuisine and want to try some highly innovative dishes packed with bold flavours and spices, then I can’t recommend paying a visit to Delicatessen enough. The menu has been carefully thought out and takes guests on a culinary journey through the Middle East with delicate and colourful dishes that leave a lasting impression. It’s a welcome newcomer to the super cute Hampstead neighbourhood and I am already planning a trip back with my older sister in October 🙂
To book a table visit: https://delicatessen.company/
6 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead London NW3 1NH, UK
*I was invited to review Delicatessen, but all opinions and views are my own and wouldn’t be traded even for all of that heavenly hummus 😉