Food bro Bjorn Shen has his own philosophy on cooking. His food is all about big, bold flavours and contrasting textures together with great ingredients and loads of creativity. The result is comfort food with loads of Middle Eastern accents that really sing. A legion of fans rank this highly in their lists of favourite restaurants, and we can understand why. Think harissa prawns, crab and bacon toast, roasted cauliflower slathered in yogurt and hashbrowns, spicy hummus, halloumi salad and excellent stuffed squid – comfort dishes with, in this case, elevated flavours. And, if you're here with a crowd, look no further than the lambgasm which hits all the right chords. For a sweetness hit, try their signature milk pudding with apricots and tarragon.
The friendly, casual setting includes a light and airy indoor space as well as, and for preference, a rustic tropical terrace with decking, awnings and scrubbed outdoor tables. All this against a backdrop of 90s hip-hop and 60s soul. On top of the great food, you've got engaging service and reasonable prices. What's not to like?