Palomar is still up there with one of my all-time favourite London restaurants (and I also really loved its new sister restaurant the Barbary). It’s not surprising therefore that Palomar’s Sous Chef Mitz Vora has opened a restaurant which blew me away, rivalling Palomar in standard and flavours.
I might be a little biased as I rocked up to the restaurant on a high (and a little merry) from a long afternoon at the wonderful Pergola on the Roof, in a very good mood. This was definitely helped by cocktails from the ‘outside’ bar at Foley’s, which I loved! A further 50% off the food because of the soft launch meant that we all got very over-excited and ordered everything on the menu. I think the only thing we missed off was a random salad.
Everything else we devoured completely. Our favourites? The ceviche endive tacos with tuna and octopus (heaven), the aubergine with pomegranate, quinoa and feta, the lamb and the beef. But to be honest, I’d happily have all of it again.
We finished it off with a few Espresso Martini cocktails (and again, moved outside for that – one has to take advantage of a warm summer’s evening). These are not cheap, but are most definitely a way to emerge from any food coma.
A special mention should also go to the décor and the feel of the place. It’s one of those restaurants with such a fun, upbeat vibe. Unpretentious, down to earth, cool but not achingly (painfully) trendy. The open plan kitchen is always welcome (next time I’ll sit at the kitchen counter, but a table is better for groups). And it’s in Fitzrovia, which is just ideal in terms of location, not heaving with tourists, and a short walk into Soho if you’re looking for more after dinner party time.
23 Foley St,
London W1W 6DU
Photo credit: Foley’s