Mediterranean restaurant in Shoreditch
Barboun is a brand new Levantine inspired Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Shoreditch. The restaurant is the brainchild of celebrated chef Hus Vedat and his protégé Fez Ozalgan.
Translating to red mullet in Turkish, Barboun features a menu of Levantine inspired dishes, cooked with smoke and fire from the robata and josper grills. The all-day menu features traditional dishes with a modern, London interpretation. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, spacious and elegantly finished.
We were greeted straight away with outstanding hospitality and it took no time for our cocktails to arrive. We started with a Great Eastern Espresso: Ketel One Vodka, Mr Blacks, date spiced syrup, Turkish espresso (£10) and a Pomegranate Basil Gazoz: pomegranate, lime, basil, double Dutch soda (£5.50). The Great Eastern was a Turkish twist on a classic espresso martini and packed a punch. The mocktail was equally delicious and so refreshing.
The Mediterranean Food
To start we had the Hummus (£6) and the Blackened Aubergine (£6). Both can be made vegan and were served with pita bread. Both dips were so flavoursome and moreish – we loved the garlic punch to the hummus and the deep smokey flavour of the aubergine.
For our mains we had the Delica Pumpkin with green tahini and hazelnut dukkah (£15) and the Lamb Rump with smoked aubergine, tomato, lemon and yoghurt (£26). We also had sides of Charred Broccoli (£6) and Skin on Fries (£5).
The pumpkin was a great vegan option and definitely something different from the norm. It was cooked well and the dukkah and tahini were delicious accompaniments. The lamb was cooked to perfection, seasoned well and we loved the flavours of the aubergine and tomato alongside it. The charred broccoli was also a big highlight served with an anchovy aoili sauce.
We were too full for desert which was a crime as they sounded amazing. Next time for sure!
The staff were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable – everything that makes for gold star service. We felt really looked after and the beautiful settings of the restaurant made for a wonderful experience. The meal was good value for money and we would certainly return to this gem of a Mediterranean restaurant in Shoreditch.
East London Girl: Barboun
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