Jerusalem Restaurant Group Launching Second London Restaurant After Palomar's Dramatic Success

The new restaurant from the Machneyuda group will pull its influences from North Africa through the Levant, according to chef Assaf Granit.

Helen Cathcart

Jerusalem’s Machneyuda restaurant group is opening its second restaurant in London, it announced. 

This follows the success of Palomar, which it launched in the British capital two years ago, and was named the best restaurant in the country in the 2015 Veuve Clicquot GQ Food and Drink Awards.

The group also has four restaurants in Jerusalem: Machneyuda, Yudale, Hasadna and Talbiye.

The new restaurant, The Barbary, will be on the iconic Neal’s Yard, off Covent Garden. It will pull its influences from North Africa through the Levant, said Assaf Granit, the Machneyuda group’s chef. It is scheduled to open in the second week of June, with 24 seats. It does not plan to take reservations.

“The concept behind the new restaurant is to create a place based on the techniques of baking and grilling on coals, via the ancient traditions and foods that came to Israel over the course of history,” he said.

This includes many different foods, from Russian piroshki to Turkish bourekas, Druze laffas and Palestinian shish barak, all in the categories of baked goods, as well as foods roasted over coals including smoked mackeral and meat skewers, he stated.

While the menu is still being planned, it will include lots of dough-based foods as well as grilled foods, said Granit. 

A full year of research is going into the restaurant’s planning, he said.