Sarona Eatery Review

Sarona Eatery is a new Middle Eastern restaurant which opened its doors in May 2018 in Clerkenwell. Sarona Eatery is inspired by the street food of Tel-Aviv to the streets of East London, they serve Tel Aviv classics but have also added an East London Twist.

Sarona Eatery is located on Clerkenwell Road with the nearest tube station being Farringdon (a 5 minute walk away). The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday7:30AM-23:00PM and also opens on a Saturday for Shabbat Brunch from 11:00AM-22:00PM.

The founders wanted to create a restaurant that enabled people to come together and eat good Israeli food and we think the restaurant has really hit the nail on the head.

Everything on the menu is homemade in the Sarona Kitchen which we absolutely loved as you know the food you are being served is fresh and has been made with love. The menu was designed with sharing in mind which is exactly what we did when we visited one Saturday afternoon.

Upon arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by the waitress who took us to the table that had been reserved for us, the table was inside and due to it being a lovely sunny day we asked if we were able to sit outside which she said wasn’t a problem at all. There were several tables outside that we can imagine are packed during the week. The city is always much quieter at the weekends so we were lucky to have the outside seating area to ourselves.

We asked the waitress and manager for their suggestions to ensure we were able to try a selection of dishes. We are not fussy eaters (we are up for trying anything) so we suggested they surprise us with the dishes. We do this quite frequently when we are visiting restaurants and we haven’t had a bad recommendation as of yet.

To start we both ordered a glass of wine Rachel went for the house rose and Annie went for the house Sauvignon Blanc. Both were delicious and the perfect drinks to enjoy with our feast!

The menu consisted of three sections the first one being the ‘dipping and ripping’ section! We were served Handmade Sarona Humus which consisted of Tahini sauce, chickpeas, schug and olive oil served with pita bread. If you love hummus then we would definitely recommend this dish it was so tasty, if you are wondering what schug is like we were it is an Israeli hot sauce it wasn’t that spicy though so don’t let this put you off.

We also tried the Chopped Grilled Aubergine with fresh mint and pomegranate rubies, this reminded us of baba ganoush and we especially liked the pomegranate and mint flavours as they really gave the dish a little bit of extra flavour. This is the perfect dish to share with friends and it is also served with pita bread on the side.

There were lots of dishes on the small plates section of the menu that took our fancy especially the Crispy Cauliflower with tahini sauce, amba sauce and roasted almonds which we were served and absolutely love. We are mad for tahini so knew we were going to love this dish, the amba sauce is a popular Middle Eastern picked mango condiment which was also really tasty. This was definitely one of our favourite dishes we tried at Sarona so we would 100% recommend you ordering it.

The Spiced lamb kofta with cucumber, spring onion, mint and sour cream was also another favourite of ours and a dish we would definitely order again. This dish was served with 2 lamb koftas which were generous in size and they were really generous with the salad. This would be the perfect dish if you wanted to enjoy your own starter without sharing.

When we say we had a feast we really did mean it, the final section of the menu is called ‘big plates’ and this is the main dishes although as we were sharing everything we had all the dishes arrive as and when they are cooked which we really enjoyed.

The All Day Shakshuka is a hawayej roast lamb shoulder that is cooked for 14 hours before being added to slow cooked cherry tomatoes and free-range eggs served with grilled sourdough bread. This was quite a rich dish with lots of delicious flavours, but the lamb was so tender and cooked to perfection. We especially loved the bread that was served on the side it was a brioche based bread that was sweet and complimented the shakahuka perfectly.

The Chermoula marinated Bavette Steak is a 45 day old Hereford Bavette served on green bean, fennel and pomegranate salad, if we are hones this was probably our least favourite dish it was still tasty and the flavours were delicious but we just found it to be a little chewy.

The Spiced Tune Steak is a chargrilled schug spiced yellow fin tuna with caramelised lime and oh my this was just incredible. We cannot recommend the tuna steak enough, we had it cooked rare which we are glad about as it was so flavoursome and we loved the schug spice sauce.

As you can imagine we were stuffed after this, so full that we couldn’t even order a dessert to try. The dessert did sound delicious though there was a choice of apple, plum and organs blossom strudel, home baked rogelach and a gluten free dark chocolate brownie.

The toilets were also immaculate and decor was beautiful. We especially loved the pink velvet round sofa in the hallway of the toilets- we would quite like one of them for ourselves!

We absolutely loved our afternoon at Sarona Eatery, the staff we fab and were so attentive making sure we had everything we needed and were enjoying our time. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough and we will definitely we returning with a larger group so we can share the love!

Cocotte Rotisserie Review

Cocotte Rotisserie is a French farm to the table chicken rotisserie. They serve healthy and delicious homemade dishes from fresh. There are currently two restaurants the first one to open was the Notting Hill branch and recently they have just opened the Hoxton branch.

We visited Cocotte Rotisserie on a sunny Thursday evening. It was the perfect way to spend the evening catching up over delicious food and drink.

When we arrived at 7 o’clock it was very quiet but by the time we had left the place was full and there was such a nice atmosphere. As it was a mild evening we opted to sit outside (we prefer taking photos outside the lightening is always much better)! We sat in the little courtyard which was situated at the front of the restaurant. There was a heater as well which took the edge off and it was perfect.

Hoxton Square is lovely, despite being in quirky Shoreditch you feel like you’re in a different world. The architecture is so different around the square, a mixture of old and new around a leafy square.

The staff were so attentive and very friendly they served us tap water whilst we looked at the menu. We instantly took a fancy to the spritzers which all sounded amazing and cost £9. In the end Annie went for The Cocotte which was Belsazar rose, fresh grapefruit, sparkling wine and slim tonic water it was really refreshing! Rach opted for The Collins which was raspberries, belsazar rose, lime and sparking wine it was so tasty and was served with a strawberry on the side. The drinks came in large wine glasses with ice cubes and were very refreshing! We could have had quite a few!

We were very hungry so went straight for main but for starter there was a cheese plate, veggie basket and chicken wings.

As usual we opted to share so we could try a lot of the menu. We shared a whole chicken which was priced at £23 if you opt for a half chicken it is £13. The chicken at Cocotte is marinated for 24 hours and slow cooked on a low heat to ensure maximum flavour! We also order 2 sauces the first one being truffle mayo and the second was bbq. We were also given a pot of chicken gravy.

For sides we went for the ratatouille, truffle mac and cheese and the Nini’s salad and we decided to add feta to the salad as we both love it and noticed it was an option under the ‘pimp my salad’ section.

The food came nice and quick and we definitely opted for the perfect amount (in fact a whole chicken was probably a little too much)! There was so much chicken and it was so flavoursome, so much so that you didn’t necessarily need the dipping sauces!

The sides were amazing, the salad was incredible, so flavoursome and the dressing complimented the green beans and broccoli perfectly. The mac and cheese was so creamy and moreish. The ratatouille wasn’t with tomato as traditional ratatouille would be but it was still yummy!

For dessert we were torn but in the end went for the lemon tart and what we thought would be ice cream. However the ice cream was actually called mochi on the menu so we assumed it was just ice cream but it wasn’t! Since visiting we have done a bit of research and found out it is in fact a Japanese confection! Anyway this was the best surprise, it’s hard to describe but it was basically ice cream covered in some sort of jelly and they were shaped like balls, as the picture below shows.

You were able to pick 3 flavours for £6 so we decided to go for chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and green tea. These balls literally tasted as they were described and left us wanting more! We will definitely be returning to try the rest of the flavours!

The lemon tart was also a thing of beauty 👌🏼the lemon zesty flavours were delicious and they were incredible generous with the lemon filling and it was baked in a sweet pastry shell.

We loved the interior of the restaurant the white wooden tables made for the perfect Instagram shot YES! Inside the restaurant there was foliage draped down the walls which was super cute and very stylish.

We loved the gold, white and dark green colour theme they have chosen, again it is very stylish and trendy! I mean we are just a sucker for anything gold or marbled!

We loved the wallpaper in the toilets it was flamingo and sooo funky! There is just something about a good and pink bathroom we love!

All in all we had the best evening and would 100% recommend Cocotte Rotisserie! It perfect for catching up with friends or going on a date. We will definitely be retuning!