Chef Tomer Niv to launch first London restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Chef Tomer Niv to launch first London restaurant

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A former Fat Duck chef is to open a new Levantine grill restaurant in Camden Market later this month.

Zala is the brainchild of chef Tomer Niv, who has also cooked at The Ledbury and was head chef at R’amas Kitchen in Jerusalem before it was destroyed by a fire last year.

Niv has worked with Zala head chef Stefanos Avdis, formerly of Street Kitchen, The Greek Larder and Princi, to create a menu using traditional Arab and Mediterranean ingredients.

Dishes will include diced chicken breast fried in paprika oil served in pita (£12); a beef and lamb matbucha pizza with tahini, sage yoghurt and crushed tomatoes (£9); and a grilled pita with 'arayas' grilled beef (£10). Guests will also be offered complimentary mezze dishes on arrival.

The 38-cover restaurant will feature 12 outside seats, as well as an outdoor takeaway bar and pizza oven.

Zala is the latest Levantine restaurant to open in London, following Ceru in South Kensington​ and Imad's Syrian Kitchen pop-up,​ which is hoping to go permanent.

Syrian food has been tipped as a food trend to watch​ with initiatives such as the #CookforSyria cookbook bringing awareness of the cuisine to a wider market.

Zala will soft launch on 24-26 April before officially opening on 27 April.

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