Recently we were invited to the new restaurant, Café Hampstead which has livened up the gourmet scene in Hampstead to say the least! On a balmy Tuesday evening, #TeamCoco writer Aisha, wandered down Hampstead high street and although not a yummy mummy, she was very pleasantly surprised by Hampstead’s cool, new Israeli restaurant. A menu inspired by the café culture of Tel Aviv, Café Hampstead is a strong contender for the growing Israeli food scene in London which more and more people are catching on to. #TeamCoco is certainly appreciating the growing love of this fantastic and varied cuisine.
The restaurant itself has been renovated from an old pub, and is now a bright, airy, contemporary and quite frankly, a delightful place to spend your day or evening. The décor isn’t so Tel Aviv, more Tel Aviv meets The Ivy, but we can definitely roll with that, and so we did, and then we quite physically rolled out of the door following trying the many beautiful dishes.
I absolutely love it when I spot sharing dishes on the menu; it’s satisfying exploring and sharing a whole range of irresistible flavours with your loved ones. Thankfully Café Hampstead’s menu offered just that.
We started with a selection of dips with Israeli pitta, which is fluffier and oh-so much more delicious than your average pitta. To accompany our cloud-like bread was fresh and chunky hummus, fried cauliflower served with tahini, tomatoes and sumac. We also had burnt aubergine which I have to say was my absolute favourite. The beetroot and blood orange salad was also a firm favourite, so simple yet so tasty… and anything with beetroot and feta is great (in my eyes anyway!). For mains, we had pan fried sea bass, a cauliflower steak (chargrilled cauliflower with asparagus and parsley – a sublime combination, if you like cauliflower), and also chicken steak pargit, cooked with Moroccan spices and sprinkled with tomato seeds.
#TeamCoco’s tip: The restaurant also serves pizzas, but steer away from that and stick to the Israeli bites, you won’t regret it. We will definitely be making a return and are glad to see Hampstead’s restaurant scene beginning to evolve.