The Palomar Restaurant in London’s Soho district has been awarded the title “Best Restaurant” by Britain’s GQ magazine.

GQ described the Palomar as “the most chutzpah of any food and drink establishment operating in the country right now.”

The Palomar’s website describes its cuisine as “the food of modern day Jerusalem.”  It is this food, along with the vibrant atmosphere, which critics across London have been raving about.  However, if you are interested in eating at there, you need to plan ahead.  There is currently a two month waiting list!

“There is something about the fact that a group of ‘arsim’ (a derogatory Hebrew slang term for the Israeli stereotype of low-class young men) from Jerusalem defeat the big money guys in London,” one of the Palomar’s executive chefs, Assaf Granit, said with satisfaction.

The Palomar, which has only been open one year, was up against stiff competition including The Ledbury, which holds two Michelin stars and has been featured in S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The judges for the GQ Awards included the likes of multi-award winning Michelin starred Chefs, Tom Kerridge and April Bloomfield, Great British Menu judge, Oliver Peyton, and Lord Rose, the former executive chairman of Marks & Spencer.

In the same week the Palomar also scooped, “Restaurant of the Year” by Tatler magazine, a British fashion and lifestyle magazine.

We are pleased to see Israel’s cuisine being celebrated in this way and that a Jewish establishment is succeeding in London’s prestigious restaurant scene.  Another great example of the positive impact Israel has on British society.  And it seems us Brits love the taste of Israel!

Christians United for Israel – UK

Sources:  YNet, GQ Food & Drink Awards 2015, The Palomar