Barboun in Shoreditch is a Levantine restaurant from the Yosma and Hovarda team

Barboun in Shoreditch is a levantine restaurant from the Yosma and Hovarda team

What: Barboun

In a nutshell: Levantine in Shoreditch

Summing it all up: The people behind Hovarda in Soho are opening a new restaurant in Shoreditch that's all about Levantine cooking over fire. It'll have a deli onsite too. 

The low-down

Appearing somewhat out of the blue is a brand new restaurant for Shoreditch coming from Hus Vedat and the people behind the Soho's Hovarda and the now-closed Yosma (which was supposed to be coming back in another guise - this may be it). It's part of a new development on Great Eastern Street.

Barboun is a Levantine restaurant (the name means red mullet in Turkish) with an emphasis on cooking over smoke and fire. The menu includes:

  • Taramasalata with bottarga
  • Smoked aubergine with burnt tomato and almond
  • Beetroot fritters with whipped garlic feta, sundried aubergine dolma stuffed with sour cherry, bulgar
  • Garlic yoghurt and London halloumi with apricots and walnut.
  • Grilled wild sea bass with fermented yoghurt tarhana
  • Hay smoked short rib with a variety of condiments, pickles and lavash
  • Monkfish with zhoug
  • Long bone tomahawk steak marinated in Anatolian spices

In charge of the kitchen is chef Fezile Ozalgan and as well as being an all-day restaurant open from breakfast, they'll have a grab and go deli attached. That'll feature jams, olives, cheeses, cold, simit, honeycomb, clotted cream and yoghurts. Shakshuka and a Levantine-style cooked breakfast will kick off the day.

Photos by Eren Sarigul

Barboun in Shoreditch is a levantine restaurant from the Yosma and Hovarda team


More about Barboun

Where is it? 61-67 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3HU

When does it open? 2 December 2019

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @barboun.london.


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