Sarona brings Middle Eastern dining to closed-down Clerkenwell coffee shop

By Georgia Bronte contact

- Last updated on GMT

Sarona brings Middle Eastern dining to closed-down Clerkenwell coffee shop
Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant Sarona has opened in Clerkenwell this week, serving British takes on Tel Aviv staple dishes.

The restaurant, founded by Bloomsbury’s Fork Deli directors Andre Avedian, Dan Levine, and Stuart Swycher, sits on the corner of Clerkenwell Road, on the former site of Workshop Coffee.

It is open from brunch through to dinner on weekdays, with a Shabbat brunch held each Saturday.

Breakfast dishes include the likes of a halva twist; cheese boureka pastries; and traditional ‘rogelach’ pastries filled with dates and nuts.

All-day dishes, intended for sharing, include crispy cauliflower with amba; Hawayej roast lamb shoulder in shakshuka; chargrilled and schug-spiced tuna steak; and staples including hummus; trio of chillies; and chopped grilled aubergine.

Interiors are inspired by Tel Aviv markets, with bright orange branding, high stools, distressed wood and exposed brickwork.

The opening follows a spate of Middle Eastern-influenced launches in London, including Middle Eastern based restaurant group Caramel; Abd El Wahab, which opened in Belgravia in March; Paramount Lebanese Kitchen, which made its UK debut with three simultaneous openings; and The Lebanese Bakery, which opened this month.



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